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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. Paul says:

    Great list though the ranking is debatable. Personally i think Barton deserves first place simply because he is that atrocious a character.

  2. frankiebhoy says:

    What about Henry? He cheated Ireland out of the 2010 world cup

  3. bukar says:

    lehman is rigth almunia is not of his class

  4. frankie face it even if if ireland did make it in and they played uraguay, they would lose. uraguay 3-1 ireland simple as that. no offense but ireland would’t make it ffar in the wc group stages anyway.

  5. mario says:

    you guys have to be kidding me. why does everyone hate ronaldo? just for because deafenting portugal in 2006 his nation and winning england? his a great soccer player, the people who hate him are just jealouse of him, for not having such great skill. In my opinion his the best of the best.

  6. Brad says:

    Henry should’ve made the list.

  7. It’s a shame on the English FA for blowing Terry’s personal private romantic affair with a friend to distabilize or breed rancour in the national team. For crying out loud, Vanessa was not married to Bridge or raped. So , why so much noise about what every boby does freely even as i send this comment. Please Terry deserves a public apology from the English FA. Thanks

  8. mario ur stupid as fuk fuk u and ronaldo his gay like u.his fukin cooky as fuk.messi the best of the world thats y he hasnt scored vs barca. fuk u mario!barcelona all the fukin way!

  9. Brad says:

    sounds like someone needs to grow up.

  10. Oranje-9 says:

    @frankiebhoy, tough luck bud – keep blaming henry & the french and not the ref and see where that gets you!

    @mario, HAHAHA, ronaldo is a douchebag no matter how good on the ball he is. i dont think he has an ounce of sportsmanship in him, from the hookers to the slutty celebs.

    @messi, calm it down, try saying anything of value… anything

    @AA, Terry doesnt deserve shit, he made his bed now he gets to sleep in it.

    good list, would like to see dani alves on there though! haha.

  11. rebel360 says:

    im so sick ov people blaming henry 4 ireland not goin 2 the world cup, get over it its so fukin childish- nd im irish by da way. great list btw, ronaldo deserves da top spot 😛

  12. Brad says:

    rebel360, we comlain cuz he did a complete Hand of Satan remix. it’s against the rules. we dont like cheaters. especially those who aint caught.

  13. Andy says:

    I can understand why people hate Henry for what he did against Ireland. The intention to cheat was there, regardless of what might or probably will happen if the losing team makes it thereafter. I don’t think the player should be blamed any less or more if he does get caught, so what does the referee being an idiot have anything to do with Henry being a cheater?
    I recognize CR9’s skills; it doesn’t change the fact that he’s a douchebag for whining all the time when being called and immediately criticizing other players for diving like he does. And oh yeah, the best of the best is Lionel Messi.
    Just my two cents.

  14. LEO says:

    i real hate RONALDO…..i can say (not he) she is after money, woman , fames and not footbal..

  15. ibraheem says:

    oh yes,u guys r doing well. c ronaldo is surly d numb 1…..

  16. Brad says:

    You cant deny he is one of the world’s best players, though. to do that means u have no knowledge of football.

  17. Joel says:

    Ronaldo is the best choice for #1 of the most hated. Yes he is one of the best players in the world but he cares more about how he looks, how much money he earns, and how many woman are after him. He is also VERY cocky. He thinks he is the best footballer and the best good lookin but he isn’t. Ronaldo has no love and passion for his teams. In portugal he hasn’t done shit but yet he is the captain. Messi isn’t cocky and does’t even think he is the best. He has love for his shirt and not himself.

  18. Brad says:

    but if we’re talking about all time most hated players/managers, the number 1 spot would HAVE to go to Maradona. ronaldo would be a side show.

  19. dub bri says:

    Materazzi also provoked little Craig Bellamy (admittedly, that’s not hard to do) by repeatedly pinching, hair pulling, stamping etc in the opening period of the Champions League game at Newcastle many moons ago. Not very bright Bellamy gave him a dig in the ribs and got sent off early in the game. Job done for Materazzi, who was subbed shortly afterwards. He’s a disgrace as a sportsman.

  20. Brad says:

    so was Maradona.


    ronaldo should not be on the no 1 hatters list he should even not be on the haters list…..lampard should be or should i say LAMPOST

  22. baluku says:

    a personal or call it a group might have been proffessors.
    really that must be the order

  23. ibrahim says:

    Arsene Wenger should be the most hated and wonder how he missed out.

  24. Nick says:

    Why is Dunga not on this list

  25. Brad says:

    apparently he aint hated enough

  26. CR my @$$ "Shampoo Gay" says:

    Real Madrid is better off without CR, he has to go back to MU for some discipline,

  27. Brad says:

    obviously ur just a MU hater, talking about one of our legends like that. shove off.

  28. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    shove off?

    hmmm….i like that.

    lol @ Lampost…he deserves to be blasted – but he does bring his A-game to Chelsea…there is something about the England squad that doesn’t bring out the best in him – maybe between him and Gerrard…

  29. Brad says:

    well, they r from rival clubs.

  30. Hitler says:

    why ashley cole !??

  31. Brad says:

    coming from someone who could be the most hated person EVER, u shuld be complaining about yourSELF fascist.

  32. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    Why does England recruit players from rival clubs then? There is something very obvious about the way Lampard and Gerrard play together…is Fabio really that naive to think that two rival players will play better when they are put together? Spain is a good example of rivalries coming together to achieve, but i’m wondering if some english players can put a rivalry behind them in order to win for their country?

  33. Brad says:

    I doubt it, rivalries are soooooo much fiercer in England than anywhere else.

  34. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    Should someone tell Fabio?

  35. :) says:

    Messi should be on this list, I hate that he is sooooo good! lol

  36. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    We forgot about Super Mario…Italy’s most hated…haha…I love this kid – hope Chelsea is working overtime to sign him!

  37. Brad says:

    yeah we did forget Super Mario. I like his skills, hate his attitude.

  38. RedDevils4life says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo is 1st while Mario Balotelli is not on this list? Joey Barton should be the obvious pick for number one! I can see though that many people here are jealous dat Ronaldo has more talent in his little finger than they will ever have.

  39. Brad says:

    I’m not jealous, I’m a fan of Ronaldo as he played for Man Utd (my team) but I never have liked the winks and dives.

  40. Some body says:

    How about Nicolas Anelka wit his xchange of words wit his coach nd goals he misis at chelsi and lets ad refriz 2 to d list ok!

  41. kingz says:

    i believe that Ronaldo deserve that number one. thank you

  42. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    @RedDevils4life…haha – that’s a good one about CR’s little finger. I agree – too many CR haters. Ironically, I think he is the most loved and hated footballer…

    @Somebody…Nico does a lot for Chelsea even tho he might miss some opportunities…his partnership with DD is like no other…I have no interest in what he does outside of Chelsea tho b/c nothing brings out the best in him like Chelsea do.

  43. Brad says:

    I think Nico was quite right to give that outburst right to the coach. I would with a coach like that.

  44. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    @Brad…nobody should blow up at the coach buddy – don’t be taking notes from Nico a.k.a. Le Sulk! He did what he did and he’s lucky he has a good thing going on at Chelsea to fall back on to. Hopefully, if you find yourself in a similar situation, do what you feel is the right/smart thing to do, but embarrassing and degrading your coach will get you nowhere…

    How are the Rhino’s treating you anyway?

  45. JFF says:

    What about Pepe (real m)?!?

    Such a filthy player should top the list with Materazzi!!!

    The list should reflect their behavior on the pitch and not their private issues….

  46. liverpool fan says:

    i don kno how dickface prick harry redknapp isn here nd don rule me out cuz i support liverpool nd tottenham got 4th but redknapp acts like a prick to people nd when robbie keane got celtic player of the season he remarked “tat shows just what a shit season they had” fucking handicap dick cunt,cmon liverpool(nd ireland)

  47. Borgi says:

    What’s with the gangster talk people? 😛 Bet 99% of you are white loosers who wish they were black… Idiots…:-P

  48. Brad says:

    Borgi. . . football has a catch phrase: “Say No to Rascism”. how about you try it? also, try staying on topic.

    won’t start playin for/training with the Rhinos until February, CFC Fan, can’t wait though.

    thing is, while I’m not egocentric like some professionals (that’s what some guys describe Nico as) and like how some of the guys who are better than me here at home are already!!! however, if I were to be playing for the US in, say, 2018 or 2022 WC, and the coach is being crap, I will have my say. I’m not a guy who says much (in person anyway, unless it’s during a match) but when I feel it’s important, I’ll rant on about it. . . . that might get me to end up being one of the world’s top 10 most hated players, but that’d just give me reason to try harder.

  49. Chelsea FC Fan says:

    @Brad…true true – everyone is entitled to an opinion and that opinion can change the world if said with the right words…I checked out the Rhino’s website the other day but didn’t really read much…i’m looking forward to following tho so good luck with that.

    @liverpool fan…haha – that was a very…umm… impactful statement you could say. You’d be perfect to lead the ‘I Hate Harry’ campaign this season… See Brad – the right words can motivate others to follow!

    @Borgi…*just shaking my head*

  50. Brad says:

    lol. Liverpool fan’s statement sounds similar to what Nico might’ve said.

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