33=.Joey Barton, Footballer
Twice convicted on charges of assault and widely condemned as an irredeemable lout, the QPR midfielder has used Twitter for a remarkable rehabilitation. Reinventing himself as a philosopher and social commentator, he has surprised followers with quotations from Seneca and Nietzsche, an appreciation of John Singer Sargent's art, and provocative discussions of everything from the Big Society to David Beckham's use of non-ethically sourced underwear. Over-enthusiastic tweeting about John Terry's forthcoming racism trial could have landed him in deep water, but after tweeting that he was willing to go to jail to protect his right to "free speech" he has wisely piped down on that subject. Meanwhile, his cult status has grown. Not since Eric Cantona have we had such an intriguing philosopher-footballer.
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