Man City's Richards admits soft spot for Barcelona
In his column for BBC Sport, Richards wrote: "We still play a lot of Pro Evolution Soccer too and, yes, it is a little bit weird when the commentator is saying 'and it is Richards on the ball' but it is nice to see myself on the screen!
"I used to play Championship Manager all the time when I was younger. The older editions are the best because everything is nice and quick and I could get all the best players in my team.
"It is too detailed now though, there are too many things to do and it is too technical for me when all you want to do is get on to your starting XI and your tactics without worrying about much else.
"I still remember the first edition that had me in it when I was younger though - I was only about 16. I bought myself but I was useless so I had to drop myself!
"I did not agree with my stats either. They under-rated me then! Hopefully I am a bit better now."