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Top 10 Most Hated Soccer Players and Managers

Top 10 Most Hated Soccer Players and ManagersWhile the beautiful game has given us plenty of joy and excitement, it also has its share of reviled figures who are hated for their behaviour, be it on the pitch, or off it.

10.) Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi will unfortunately be remembered by many as the player who ensured that there would be no glittering end to Zinedine Zidane’s career. His untimely comment regarding Zidane’s sister resulted in the French playmaker getting his marching orders (after headbutting Materazzi in response) in the 2006 World Cup final. In the eyes of many, it also cost France the trophy.

9.) Jens Lehmann

The former Arsenal and Stuttgart goalkeeper has done plenty of eccentric things in his life to earn his place in this list.

Mad Jens has stamped players, relieved himself behind an advertising board, thrown water over the referee, and has been involved in a war of words with several of his colleagues. A cocky attitude- he once said that Manuel Almunia was “not in his class”, didn’t help things either.

8.) Diego Maradona

The Argentine legend was a genius in his own right and also guided his team to two successive World Cup finals.

The English hate him for the “Hand of God”, while his own selection policies as Argentina manager (not including Cambiasso and Zanetti in his squad for example) have earned him his fair share of detractors. Not to forget the whole ephedrine incident that saw him miss USA’94.

7.) Jose Mourinho

The most successful people also make plenty of enemies. And where the self proclaimed “Special One” is involved, the list is a little longer than normal.

Mourinho has never been afraid of speaking his mind, even if the remarks involved calling Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a “voyeur” and branding Andy Johnson as “untrustworthy”.

6.) Robbie Savage

In his heydays, Savage was one of the most hated figures in the Premier League. The blond haired midfielder loved to get under the skin of opposition players and fans and has collected more yellow cards than any other player since the inception of the Premier League.

5.) Didier Drogba

The Ivory Coast skipper has been regularly accused of falling all too easily to the ground in Premier League games. Former manager Jose Mourinho has also officially labelled him a “diver”

Drogba has never been afraid of getting into confrontations with opposition players and was sent off in the 2007-08 Champions League final for slapping Nemanja Vidic.

After witnessing Chelsea’s defeat to Barcelona in the semifinals of the 08-09 Champions League, Drogba vented out his anger by shouting “It is a f****** disgrace” on camera, criticising the decisions of match referee Tom Ovrebo.

Joey Barton4.) Joey Barton

Barton has been involved in plenty of controversial incidents off the pitch that have severely affected his career on it. Trouble always seems to follow the Huyton born midfielder, who has been convicted twice for violent conduct and has admitted to being an alcoholic. He once stuck a cigar in the eye of upcoming footballer Jamie Tandy, resulting in permanent scarring for the latter. According to reports, he once tried to seduce a former model by boasting about his “attack” on former Man City team mate Ousmane Dabo.

Bad Boy Barton has been labeled a thug, yob and also a coward by various team mates and the press.

3.) Ashley Cole

Ashley earned the moniker “Cashley” when he mentioned in his autobiography that he nearly crashed his car on hearing that Arsenal were only prepared to offer him a £55,000 a week contract.

He also cheated on his beautiful wife, Geordie singer Cheryl Tweedy with a string of women that eventually lead to the two separating a few months ago. She forgave him in the beginning, but Ashley failed to learn from his past mistakes, and paid the ultimate price.

2.) John Terry

Cole’s Chelsea team mate John Terry makes it to number 2 on this list, and only because of one name- Vanessa Perroncel.

Father of two Terry had a four month affair with French model Perroncel, the girlfriend of his Chelsea mate Wayne Bridge shortly after she split from the latter. Bridge, a natural second choice to Ashley Cole in the England set up, refused to be considered for selection for the World Cup after the news broke.

While JT kept his spot in the national squad, he did end up losing the captain’s armband to Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand.

Cristiano Ronaldo1.) Cristiano Ronaldo

The world’s most expensive player also tops our list of most hated footballers.

He was seen winking at the Portuguese bench at the 2006 World Cup following the dismissal of England’s Wayne Rooney. His fancy step over attempts, his theatrical dives, whining to the referees and excessive focus on his looks have led to the Portuguese captain having plenty of critics in the world of soccer.

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  1. Borgi says:

    @Brad & Chelsea FC Fan:

    I’m not being a racist, just tired of people writing and acting like they are something they are not… That you lay racism in it is your problem. 😛 You can’t talk about races without being a racist these days…

    Little, white kids listening to music that often is racistic toward white people, while wearing baggy jeans and a too big sweater, a trucker-cap and walking like he’s got a limp while talking like a “gangsta” is just, in my eyes, wrong and embarrasing… 😛 It har nothing to do with racism, it’s just stupid…

    That said, to be on topic: Like some people have stated, why isn’t Ballotelli on the list..? He’s so hated by both players and fans that he should be… I think Zlatan maybe should be on this list as well… He’s so cocky and arrogant, and quite overrated in my opinion… 😛

  2. Brad says:

    You know, Ibrahimovic does seem to be arrogant at times to me. but does he deserves to be on the list? Idk. . .

  3. Abdullahi says:

    Diego Maradona is a mad man because of all the coaches he is the that would be shouting from 0:00 minutes to 90:00 minutes and doing all sort of nonssense to his players I think he should be the first to be sacked immiedately after world cup but he argentines delay and for that he cheated his brothers son Lionel Messi of being the best player. He will never forgive that old enemy of pele.

  4. damn you people mardona is not an angry man but ronaldo is the worst player on earth

  5. Brad says:

    Ronaldo is in the top five of the best players on earth, while Maradona is a lunatic who used drugs more than determination and hardwork to make it to the top of international football, Hussain. How stupid can you get?

  6. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    @Borgi….well, after Brad’s last comment there, I see where you’re coming from…but really, who cares how little white kids dress – they are kids! They have to go through life and find their way too. You can’t call everything stupid just cuz you don’t agree with it…Anyway, this is probably not the best forum to discuss the state of white kids in today’s society but maybe Brad will stop calling people stupid now…and Balotelli should be on the most hated list, but not in the top 10…Ibra is cocky and arrogant like most superstars but he backs it up with great skill in my opinion – he doesn’t have to be the best player on Barca to get my attention and I still think he contributed significantly to Barca’s campaign last season despite the critics…

  7. Brad says:

    I’m not a kid, and I’m certainly not LITTLE. may be skinny as hell, but that’s it. . . besides, hussain was being stupid. even with Ronaldo’s diving and hi-jinks, how could you call him the worst player on earth?

  8. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    @Brad…my bad B – I wasn’t implying you were a little kid in my post. And Ronaldo haters say stuff they can’t justify 99% of the time…

  9. Brad says:

    it’s alright, it just sounded like you were saying that. about the Ronaldo haters, your right. they say stuff, but can they prove any of it? besides the diving that is. . .

  10. Brad says:

    they really just hate him since he plays for Man United and has moves they couldn’t even dream of doing.

  11. Ld says:

    Not a bad list, but U need to have:
    Raffa Benitez
    Dimitar Berbatov
    Robben and Frank Ribbary, that would be about it for the list.

  12. Brad says:

    why Berbatov? just cuz he’s so good at what he does that he looks lazy, and that he plays for MUFC, doesn’t mean he has to be hated.

  13. baka says:

    I hate Park Jee Sung (or whatever its name is), and anyone playing for Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal.

  14. Brad says:

    then your a douche bag, baka. show some respect for one of our club’s most hardworking players, along with those of our biggest rivals.

  15. damion says:

    c ronaldo will be hated by alot of players cuz the kinda ting who do to them beats and goals

  16. yeah i agree wit damion i wonder if he is gay

  17. olamilekan says:

    hate list; adebayor,berbatov,benjani,vaughan,carew,beckford,sturridge,disanto,heskey,yakubu,saha,jones.
    jo,cole,ngog,chalton cole,reid,savage,oneil,benhaim,yobo,carew.
    manager list;coyle,oneil,wenger,grant,alladyyce.

  18. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    It’s kind of gay to wonder about who is gay…

  19. well i am just wondering iam not gay

  20. Sanjaya thapa says:

    Those people who call diego maradona lunatic are jealous of his skill and fame.

  21. Brad says:

    Nah, we hate him for creating vertigo with his lineup changes during qualification (still have a minor headache just thinking about that) and he’s a cheat (you don’t need skill to punch a ball, especially when it’s blatant) and he’s a druggee. Why do you think I called him MaraDRUGGA? Also, as I’m American, I’ll hate him politically: he’s a supporter of Iran and other countries that we should blow off the map. Needless to say that he also hates the USA, so I’m glad to return the favor. . . with a .50 cal bullet to his face. He doesnt have enought skill or fame to avoid that.
    Maradona said Pele should go back to the museum. . . the museum is a MUCH BETTER place than the drug rehab center, which is pretty much where maradona LIVES.

  22. Adeel says:

    Sergio busquets should be the most hated player by the inter fans

  23. Brad says:

    besides, the “El Gol de Siglo”, is possibly the most OVERRATED goal in WC history. Sure, it aint that often we see people dribble that far, past so many fullbacks (plus the keeper), but keep in mind it was against an England team that was in a climate with temperatures of above 60 degrees F, which seems to make them melt before the opposition. Pele has always been Maradona’s superior, by MILES- no, LIGHT YEARS. His goal against Sweden took more skill to do, and it was against the HOSTS, a team most used to the local climate.

  24. Remo Prete says:

    Christina “Crybaby” Ronaldo, god I used to have high hopes for this player but he developed in a nasty player, too much ego, too much blabbling on the field, fake dives, always claiming for a referee to give a card to a player and most of the time cries when he lost a match sorry the only reason this boy got to be best football player in the world is cuz of friends voting for him out of pity.
    This is a terrible player.
    WC 2010 he was a joke as a striker!

    Maradona like WTF how come this junky is number 1 best player of all time?
    Like Pele once said few years back
    “Maradone should give back his prices, he is a disgrace, no respect for the game”
    Maradone has been caught using crap in matches several times and still get’s number 1 spot by Fifa how ridiculous.

    Get Pelé and Cruijff in the top 2 before Maradone tbh!!!

  25. i think ronaldo is a crybaby he fucking fakes 2 much i wouldnt be surprised if someone punched him in the face

  26. Brad says:

    You two look at the occasional dive. You don’t- or don’t want to- realize he gets fouled more than he dives.

  27. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    I know none of you were thinking about how $hit he was while he was on Man U…he shouldn’t have left and now he’s cursed.

  28. sologo says:

    good job on the list but i would place van Bommel a place or two above Materazzi hes not as good as a player and hes manners are by far more disgusting.
    Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously number one, add that he tries to get opposing players red carded even if they did nothing wrong and that he already has the fame of the biggest diver/faker of all times.

  29. Kobina says:

    Well seems the author has a natural inclination to EPL…Just about all the players have played or are playing in the EPL except Maradonna who score that goal against England.
    Oh! Premfaces everywhere lately….

  30. balls says:

    fat balls rolling 😎

  31. Rakesh Alva says:

    It seems that the writer of d above article is a ManU fan… Not surprising..

  32. P.M.T says:

    I think d list is not bad bot their are few others that need 2 be added 2 dat list. D likes of el diouf, totti, ramous, cassano en few others. Dat are more rude en tempramental on en off d pitch.

  33. Kaustubh says:

    Should have included the name Tom Overbo alongside Drogba as well!

  34. fredrik says:

    i think this one 10. ronney 9. giggs 8. barton 7. ronaldo 6. ferdinand 5. veira 4. suarez 4. messi 3. the hole barca team 2. man utd”s team 1 of curse ONE is sir alex fergie

  35. Tochi says:

    Where is balloteli i think he should top the chart

  36. habboob says:


  37. habboob says:

    i think that ronaldo’s the best he’s da bomb messi’s the worst 1 😐 jks messi and ronaldo are da best

  38. Patrick says:

    I know Joey Barton is a stupid thug and he is the reason why qpr are at the bottom of the premier league because he was the one who urged qpr to sack Neil warnock and no wonder he was tweeting that the fans were booing him he is a stupid lump of disgrace and qpr should let him go

  39. Patrick says:

    We’re is Louis Suarez an nicklas bentner as well and Fredrick your talkin through your hat what team do you support

  40. zegge says:

    well.. The player/club i the most is Messi/Uefalona… Team of bloody cheats…

  41. Matterazzi will top my list anytime for what he displayed that day which led to the exit of zidane, ofcourse, u know his exit cost france the trophy that day.
    Robbie savage on the other hand was another trouble in the game,thou i watched him play while he was in blackburn and later i think he moved to bermingham…he indeed sent some players to injury.

    Why is christain vieri not here? That guy facially has one notable feature of serial killers(long jaw).

    Deutscher of depotivo shld be here cos he gave beckam the match of his life in a champions league game against man united prior to the 2002 world cup and that almost kept him out of the world cup…he was hated across england at that time.

    Figo…he’s here becos of how he betrayed the catalans by joining madrid. There is political rivalry between bercelona and madrid as two major city in spain. Bercelona(catalans) felt they deserve to be the capital and not madrid…this triggered the political face-off, and this was brought to the field of play and later intensified by the step taking by louis FIGO..They hate him in bercelona.

  42. Jonas says:

    Why the F*** isent PEPE here !!!??
    i bet he is the most hated soccer player in the history.. well one of them, top 3

  43. Nemanja Lazarevic says:

    You certainly have a point there Jonas. However, at the time when the piece was compiled, Pepe was still better known for his defensive qualities than his shocking behaviour towards opposition players.

  44. Bob Yarris says:

    boo ronaldo

  45. Ya Mom says:

    Cristiano ronaldo is not the most hated infact there are many more ronaldo supporters than messi supporters, the most hated player is el hadji diouf, known for being top 100 players of the century but is widely known for spitting on people and getting into fights, still active.

  46. ronaldo says:

    people are jealous of Cristiano ronaldo because he Is rich,young nd handsome

  47. karan says:

    this is for julio luque nd ronaldo haters. 6 Reasons to Respect Ronaldo,
    1) Ronaldo doesn’t drink alcohol, he took it as a lesson from his father who was an An alcoholic and died from over drinking
    2)Ronaldo does not have any kind of tattoo on hisbody
    3)Ronaldo came from a very poor family in Portugal and lived in deprivation4)Reached Euro Final Debut at the age of 19, and played the Semi-finals at the age of 21.
    5)Uncountable Charitable Contributions , like his contribution of donation of money to Build schools in Palestine,donated three million euros to famine victims in Africa,…
    6)achieved his father’s dream of Seeing his son win the prize of the best player in the world,made the dream come true in 2008..Still he is called ignorant, self centered and arrogant!!!

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