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Micah Richards, to use his own phrase, really did burst onto the scene.

By the time he was just 20 years old, Richards had made over 50 appearances in theManchester Cityfirst team and had over 10Englandcaps to his name after breaking Rio Ferdinands record as the nations youngest ever defender.

As much asRoy Keanewould roll his eyes at us saying so: Richards truly was one of the most exciting young prospects to wear three lions on their chest throughout the 2000s.

However, as we sadly now know, Richards early promise didnt necessarily lead to an exponential growth that soared across the rest of his career as he only represented his country on two more occasions after 2007.

He would remain a positive presence at the Etihad Stadium for a few more years, originally maintaining his starting place despite Sheikh Mansours mega-money takeover, but Pablo Zabaleta would eventually establish himself as Citys first-choice right-back.

In the end, Richards won thePremier League, FA Cup and League Cup in the sky blue, but was ultimately loaned out to Fiorentina for the 2014/15 season and left the club permanently the following summer.

The Birmingham-born defender made a promising move toAston Villa, but injuries limited him to just 31 appearances in four years, ultimately leading to his retirement in 2019 at the age of 31.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND MARCH 05: Micah Richards (L) and Ashley Westwood (R) of Aston Villa react after Machester Citys fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Now, if youre doing the maths in your head at the moment, it will be dawning on you that Richards is currently 34 years old, which is perhaps younger than youd anticipated.

Such was the explosiveness and excitement of Richards bursting onto the scene all those years ago that youd be forgiven for thinking hed be older than 34 years old given how long hes been a familiar face in football.

But alas, its that exact moment of Is he really that young? which came of great amusement to Gary Neville and Roy Keane ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Duringa video feature with SkyBet where the punditry trio filled out their Qatar 2022 wall chart, Richards asked Keane what his firstWorld Cupmemory was.

In response, theManchester Unitedlegend cited the 1982 World Cup, which duly opened a can of worms in regards to Richards age as he proceeded to chime in that he wasnt born when the iconic tournament in Spain took place.

Keane seemed well aware that Richards was born after 1982, but less so Neville, who subsequently said: Were you not? How old are you?

Richards then called himself a spring chicken by first revealing that he was born in 1988 and then clarifying that he was 34 years old, prompting a shocked reaction from Neville who hilariously said: You should still be f***ing playing! 34! Youve been a pundit for about 15 years!

It was at that point that even Keane couldnt resist cracking a laugh, so be sure to check out the footage for yourself because its pure gold.

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For reference, Neville, now 47, hung up his boots at Old Trafford when he was 36 years old, while Keane, currently 51, called time on his professional career just shy of his 35th birthday.

And perhaps the bewildered reaction of Neville is amplified by the fact were living in an era whereCristiano RonaldoandLionel Messicontinue to set world records when theyre 37 and 35 years old respectively.

LEEDS, ENGLAND OCTOBER 18: Roy Keane of Man Utd celebrates with Gary Neville after scoring the winning goal during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road on October 18, 2003 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jokes aside, though, youve got to tip your hat to Richards for making such a bad situation, the premature end of his player career, into a great opportunity because hes become such a staple of the punditry scene in just a few years.

Having made the switch to media work and announced himself in style withthatburst on the scene comment mere months after hanging up his boots, Richards is now a constant source of laughter and joy on television screens around the UK and further afield.

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