There are certain footballers that exist on this earth of ours that are just so darn unlikable. Here I take a look at the footballers we love to hate:
Once the darling of Arsenal, he called a foul when he jumped ship to their bitter rivals Chelsea. There he was accused of firing an air rifle at a student interning at Stamford Bridge. There was also the small matter of cheating on Briton’s darling Cheryl Cole.
This nutcase is always getting stuck in with this opponents. Often described as the thug of Real Madrid (by myself), Pepe has a reputation for petulance. His latest antic was head butting Thomas Muller in Germany’s demolition of Portugal in this World Cup gone by. That was his 2nd head butting incident this year alone.
When you bite 3 different people on 3 different occasions, you will have your mental health questioned. That’s exactly where Suarez stands. Some sympathize with him, but his name is more than likely to make people disgusted. Even though his latest bite against Chiellini didn’t incur any significant injury to the Italian, Suarez was demonized in the media. To say the press went into a frenzy will be an understatement. His biting tendencies aside, he is still hated all over the world for his diving and sometimes blatant cheating (vs Ghana 2010).
For someone with so much talent, Arjen Robben is just so annoying. He is known to fall to the ground if a defender so much as looks his way. His dive against Mexico, a game which the Netherlands subsequently won, made him public enemy no.1.
Maybe its his exuberance? Maybe its his attitude that he’s cut above the rest. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most conceited footballers out there. Barca fans know all to well. Players were instructed not to bring their fancy cars to training – a tradition accepted by all the footballers under Guardiola. As a mark of disrespect he continuously brought his sport cars to training – and was continually fined for it. There were also incidents surrounding him throwing boots and training gear at Guardiola – as per his own admission in his autobiography.
Where to start with John Terry? First it was the affair that he had with then Chelsea team mate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel. Not to mention that he got he pregnant and then had a hush hush abortion arranged. Then he was found to have racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand – an act that saw him lose the England captain’s armband for good. The thing that annoyed me the most: Terry was suspended for the 2011-2012 Champions League final vs Bayern Munich, after an irresponsible tackle on Alexis Sanchez vs Barcelona in the semi’s. Frank Lampard led the team to a win in the final – something Terry had nothing to do with, but he still insisted in lifting the trophy and took part in the celebrations fervently. JT soon became an internet sensation, with fans photo shopping images of him celebrating events that he had nothing to do with, like the fall of the Berlin Wall or more recently, the Oscars: