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10. Ashley Cole

Ashely Cole is a former Arsenal and Chelsea player, who was labelled as one of the best left backs in the world during his prime. Although his play was brilliant on the pitch, his personal life has made him one of the hated players in the world. It all started back in 2006 when Cole launched a verbal attack on his club Arsenal in his autobiography, where he claimed that the Arsenal board had treated him as a “scapegoat” and that they had “fed him to the sharks” over the tapping-up affair with Chelsea.

He ended up joining Chelsea in the summer for a £90,000 a week wages, rejecting Arsenal’s new contract which included £55,000 a week wages. This has earned him a nickname “Cashley Cole” among supporters in England. The 37-year-old also had his problems with his ex-wife, Cheryl Cole, who is a famous singer and one of the loved people in England. It is alleged that he cheated on her with three different women and they divorced in 2010.

9. Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos is considered by many people as the best defender at the moment. However, he is also one of the most hated players in the world. Ramos has received up to 24 red cards in his 14-year career, and is the most sent-off player in the entire history of La Liga.

Famously known for dirty fouls and fights on the pitch, the Spaniard is also getting a reputation for diving and playacting. He received a of criticism during the 2017 Champions League final against Juventus, where he faked a injury to get Juan Cuardrado sent off.

8. Joey Barton

Joey Barton is one of the most famous players in England not because of his footballing abilities on the pitch, but because of his barbaric behavior. Barton’s anger issues started very early, sparking a fight with Doncaster Rovers players during a 2004 friendly game with Manchester City. He stubbed out a lit cigar in youth player Jamie Tandy’s eye, after he had caught Tandy attempting to set fire to his shirt during City’s 2004 Christmas party.

His long list of offenses did not stop there. In 2005, Barton broke a 35-year-old pedestrian’s leg while driving his car through Liverpool city centre at 2 am. Within the same year, Barton was sent home from a pre-season tournament in Thailand after assaulting a 15-year-old Everton supporter, who had provoked Barton by verbally abusing him and kicking his shin. He was also suspended by City during training when he assaulted his teammate Ousmane Dabo in 2007.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous footballer in the world at the moment. He is also the richest footballer, and was even the richest athlete at one point, due to his countless businesses and sponsorships. With that money and fame, it is no wonder that he also has a large amount of haters who can’t stand him.

Ronaldo receives hate almost every game by opposition fans, and sometimes by even his own fans if he has a bad game. There were few incidents where fans shouted Lionel Messi’s name to abuse Ronaldo, which led to to produce his famous quote which reads: “Your love makes me strong, but your hate makes me unstoppable.”

6. Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets may be the best player to play in his position, but he will always be known for the infamous dive against Inter Milan in 2010 — where he faked an injury to get Thiago Motta sent off. Busquets also received a lot of criticisms during the 2010/11 Champions League semi final clash with Real Madrid, where he was seen trying to get opposition players like Marcelo, Pepe, and Alvaro Arbeloa sent off from the game constantly.

5. Mauro Icardi

Even before he became one of the deadliest strikers in the world, Mauro Icardi was getting plenty of attention for his problems with former teammate Maxi Lopez. Icardi and Lopez, who knew each other during their time together at Barcelona, became very good friends in Italy after the former moved into the latter’s house. That’s where Icardi met Lopez’s wife Wanda Nara, who eventually left Lopez for a new life with him.

The striker received a lot of backlash for “stealing” his best friend’s wife, and Lopez refuses to shake his hand whenever the two meet on the pitch. Icardi also has problems with Inter Milan’s ultra groups after criticizing them in his autobiography, and had on-field altercations with former teammates such as Daniel Osvaldo, Lukas Podolski, and Xherdan Shaqiri.

4. Pepe

Pepe may be a very good central defender, but his footballing abilities have been overshadowed by his animal-like behavior on the pitch. He has cooled down in the recent years due to his age, but Pepe made headlines across the world for kicking and attempting to assault Getafe players back in 2008.

Although he doesn’t receive nearly as many red cards as his former teammate Ramos, some of his sending offs have caused his teams to suffer — such as the unnecessary tackle to Dani Alves during the 2010/11 semi final match and the head butt towards Thomas Muller during the 2014 World CUp.

3. John Terry

John Terry may be loved across the world for his leadership on the pitch, he has also received a lot of hate for his personality. Similarly to Icardi’s case, Terry slept with former teammate Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend while they were still together, and allegedly even forced her to get an abortion after she accidentally got pregnant.

He was also charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, brother of his close friend Rio Ferdinand, during a Premier League match in 2011. He was found guilty and given a four-mach ban, while also being stripped off the England captaincy.

2. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez produced a very good performance in the 2010 World Cup with Uruguay. However, it was overshadowed by his handball in a match against Ghana, where he deliberately stopped the ball with his hands to stop it from going in. Suarez received a direct red card for the offense and Asamoah Gyan went on to miss the penalty, which made the game go into the penalty shootout where Uruguay ended up winning.

Suarez then racially abused Patrice Evra during a Manchester United vs Liverpool game in 2011, which saw the FA giving him an eight-match ban. If those weren’t controversial enough, he bit Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 and Giorgio Chilleini in 2014, which saw him receive lengthy bans from football.

1. Diego Costa

In the number one spot, we have Diego Costa who is hated across the football world for his dirty personality on the pitch. Costa has been involved in countless altercations since his days in Rayo Vallecano, and is a nightmare to defenders everywhere.

Apart from being controversial on the pitch, the striker is also hated in Brazil after abandoning the national team in 2014 to play for Spain instead. His stint with Chelsea didn’t end well either because of his problems with Antonio Conte, leaving the club in a bitter fashion back in September.

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Posted by Premier Football on Thursday, December 14, 2017