Top 10 Soccer (Football) Players with a Bad Reputation

Metal_Treasure
Players that were involved in scandals of different types, are just douche-bags, or were the center of controversies.

The Top Ten

1 Michel Platini Michel Platini Michel François Platini is a football administrator, who served as the president of the Union of European Football Associations from 2007 until 2015, after which he was banned for 8 years following an ethics investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee on 21 December 2015, and formerly a French football ...read more.

This list has a number 1 that has nothing to do with it.
Michael PLATINI WAS A LEGENDARY PLAYER, THE SECOND ONE WHO WAS AWARDED 3 BALLON D'OR AND FINISHED HIS CAREER AS A GENTLEMAN AGED 31.
The UEFA officer Michael Platini was corrupted. This is totaly different. The rest players of this top ten have reasons to be included in it, not Platini.

Michael François Platini is a former French football player.
Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Platini won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, and came 6th in the FIFA Player of the Century vote.
He holds the record for most goals (9) scored in the European Championship despite only appearing in the victorious 1984 editor.
Nicknamed Le Roi (The King) for his mainly for his leadership. Despite primarily serving as an advanced midfield playmaker, he was a great scorer.
After retirement, he was coach for the French national team for 4 years.

P. S. The description of the top tens has nothing to do with the football legend Platini.I don't care for the officer, administrator or what else of Platini. I enjoyed his playing since the 1978 World Cup.

I was clear:THE FOOTBALL PLAYER Michael PLATINI DIDN'T HAVE ANY BAD REPUTATION. HE WAS NEVER INCLUDED IN ANY 'DIRTY' STORY DURING HIS FOOTBALL CAREER.
The name of the list concern football players, not everybody related with football.

2 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.

Heard he used cocaine when playing. Plus Hand of God goal. - zxm

Unfortunatelly, the greatest Argentinian player ever wasn't one of the most 'nice' guys outside the court.
He was banned twice for cocaine use (early 90s) and he faced a scandal in Italy regarding an illegitimate son (late 80s). His behavior in the Copa del Ray final between Barcelona and Atl.Bilbao (1984) was the reason for a real fight between the players.
In any case, I remember his great times starting with the World Youth Championship (1979) and toped with the World Cup of 1986.

3 Paul Gascoigne

This guy never decided which is most important : football or alcool.
In any case, I don't consider him a great player, so world football haven't lost so much...

4 Eric Cantona

Among others inappropriate moments of behavior within the matches, Cantona is responsible for a unique incident (1995).
As a player of Manchester United In an away match against Crystal Palace, Cantona was sent off by the referee for a kick on Palace defender Richard Shaw after Shaw had frustrated Cantona throughout the game by closely marking him. As he was walking towards the tunnel, Cantona launched a 'kung-fu' style kick into the crowd, directed at a Crystal Palace fan, who had run down 11 rows of stairs to confront and shout abuse at Cantona.
Cantona followed the kick with a series of punches.
This incident was spead around the world confirming the already known bad behavior of 'King Eric' within the courts.
I never liked Cantona. A lot of times I remember of dissapointing moments within the four lines.

5 Luis Suarez Luis Suarez Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.

Bites players on the ground. - zxm

His bites has made him a sort of a villain in sports - Ananya

6 Mario Balotelli Mario Balotelli

Described as "unmanageable". A football manager's nightmare. - Metal_Treasure

7 Frank Lampard Frank Lampard Frank James Lampard is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

He had many appearances in the media for foolish acts where he was doing something immoral, wrong or illegal. - Metal_Treasure

8 Joey Barton
9 John Terry John Terry
10 Patrice Evra

The Contenders

11 Sergio Ramos Sergio Ramos Sergio Ramos García is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid and the Spain national football team.

Great player but he's used to "dirty" ways in order to achieve what he wants.

12 Ashley Cole Ashley Cole
13 Sergio Busquets
14 Roy Keane Roy Keane Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish football assistant manager and former professional football player. He is the joint-most successful Irish footballer of all time, having won 19 major trophies, 17 of which came at Manchester United, in his club career.
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