The Secret Footballer has written a series of fascinating books detailing his experiences in football.
There are several clues and many theories as to who the player is.
Dave Kitson is among the favourites but is not the only player in the frame.
Danny Murphy and Nicky Shorey are among the others in contention.
And now the anonymous player admits he’s like to reveal who he is – and claims he is the only that can out himself.
“Everyone wants to out me but only I’m going to do that,” he told the BBC.
“The issue would be a legal one and I would probably have to bankrupt myself in order to survive.
“You have to prepare for the worst and, while there are no names in the books, there’s a lot of money in football and a lot of people with a lot of money.
“They don’t even have to be proved right they just have to put a case on.
“My autobiography will sell on the back of me outing myself but I can’t do it at the moment even though I want to.”
The website Whoisthesecretfootballer.co.uk has a checklist of the criteria the player must match.
- Is he English?
- Is he currently married?
- Has he played under at least 4 managers?
- Has he had a transfer between 2 Premiership clubs?
- Was he a Premier League player in January 2011?
- Has he played with a group of French players at one club?
- Has he played with a striker who refused to move unless the pass went exactly where he wanted it?
- Did he play for one manager for a considerable amount of time who was great before losing it?
- Has he played for a manager who lost the dressing room?
- Does he have a friend who plays for Liverpool?
And the player has also revealed he considered suicide and opened up on the difficulties after retiring from football.
“What you should consider is that when you retire on the Sunday, by the Monday you lose all your mates and all the admiration of the fans,” he added.
“Everything goes off the cliff. Football is completely irreplaceable.
“The moment you stopped, all the temptation was there. I didn’t drink for five years but one of my heroes, Keith Floyd, was doing a show at a theatre and I couldn’t not have a glass of wine with Keith Floyd so that was what broke my ban.
“The more money around the more anxious it made you, and you get paranoid about everything because if you don’t have anything you have nothing to lose.
“You have got to try and keep yourself stimulated. I was lucky that the writing actually gave me something to do.”