5 Most Controversial Players In Football History

Throughout the history of football, fans have witnessed some set of players who crossed the threshold in terms of acceptable behavior and were constant magnets for controversies and tabloid gossip.

These players frequently garnered negative attention for their outlandish behavior, ranging from clashes with teammates and coaches to getting into fistfights with fans or battling with drug and alcohol addiction and they generally left fans on edge wondering what their next antic would be.

While this trait made them darlings of the tabloids and gossip pages, more often than not, these controversial actions told on their careers and they mostly did not get to fulfill their potential.

Here at, we shall be having a rundown of the top 5 most controversial footballers in history.

5. Sergio Ramos

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The man with the most red cards in La Liga.

It is even crazy to think that the Champions League final foul on Mo Salah will not even feature in the top 5 ugly fouls of Ramos’ career, such is the reputation of the former Real Madrid captain.

He also elbowed Karius in the same final, which seems to have resulted in a concussion and subsequent blunders which won Real Madrid their 13 UCL.

4. Luis Suarez

Suarez has become more likable but his “win at all cost” mantra has made him one of the most hated footballers in the world.

His handball against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup has to be one of the greatest tactical fouls ever committed.

He broke his own standards in the next World Cup when he bit Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

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It was not the first time he had bit a player, as he was involved in two such incidents while playing for Ajax and Liverpool.

3. Eric Cantona

Cantona was loved by Manchester United fans and hated by the rival fans.

First came the move from Leeds United to Manchester United at the peak of their rivalry after a fallout with manager Wilkinson.

He was worshipped after joining Manchester United and then came the infamous “Kung-fu kick” incident.

In an away game against Crystal Palace, he kicked and punched a fan which earned him a season-long ban.

2. Roy Keane

Roy Keane was a street fighter on the pitch.

He took it upon himself to fight for his teammates too just in case an opposition player crossed the line while sledging.

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His fight with Patrick Viera in the Highbury Tunnel is one of the most controversial moments of the Premier League era and his fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson was another well publicized controversy.

1. Diego Maradona

Maradona was quite a difficult character to manage as evident by the incidents during his spells at Barcelona and Napoli.

His “Hand of god” goal against England is well documented but at Barcelona he was involved in one of the ugliest brawls ever recorded.

In the 1984 Copa Del Rey final, he lost his cool after a tackle by the opposition player and started a massive fight in which he elbowed and headbutted a lot of opposition player.



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