Football is nothing without the ball, that's just a fact, it would merely just be called 'foot'. Without that spherical bag of air, made from leather, we quite simply wouldn't be able to play the beautiful game, would we? It is a vital part of the whole game, the ball, which is why it is so important that they are hand-crafted to perfection, with an array of different, unique, cool designs to keep things fresh.
There's no better feeling than wrapping your foot around a ball and curling into the top-corner of the onion bag. I don't do it a great deal, my shots usually go high, wide and not at all handsome (Martin Tyler voice), but when I do manage to get one in, much to my dismay, it feels fucking excellent.
Over the years I have owned more or less every Premier League ball that's been released, many of which have become extremely accustomed to my somewhat disgruntled next door neighbour's back garden, many of which have been popped or lost all together in local thorn bushes.
Nevertheless, what i'm trying to say is i've given them all a fair crack of the whip; i've tested them all equally and analysed every last detail, so I know what makes a good football a great one. It can't just look good, though that is one of the main aspects to owning a good footie - it also has to travel well in the air, be heavy enough to keep your shot down but light enough to carry it airborne into the roof of the net.
With next season's brand new Premier League ball being released this week, it got me thinking of all the balls that have gone before in the top flight over the years, and which ones have been my favourite; so much so that I created a list of them.
Below, you'll find my top five favourite Premier League balls of all-time, alongside an explanation and reasoning behind each selection. I've also named which player and memory each ball reminds me of, because, nostalgia innit. I hope you all agree with my selections, though i'm sure not all (any) of you will. Be kind enough to let me know which selection you'd change, but please be polite, i'm only human after all.