As the group stage fixtures of the Russia 2018 world cup we take a look at the 5 most hated football players currently in the football showpiece and the reason why they are despised by the football world
Diego Costa is becomes the first character to make the list with his temperamant. The Spanish center forward needs no introduction as his year have been dominated by both on the field and off the field controversies. The Spaniard earlier this year rejoined former club Athletico Madrid after off the field face-off with Antonio Conte during his time at Chelsea. The Spanaird have not been off the bad books as he has continued the trend in the world cup. Costa’s opening game against Portugal was marred with a controversial goal as it appeared to have given Pepe an Elbow during an aerial contest in the buildup. The Spaniard almost allowed his frustrations to get the better of him in the second game against Iran.
Despite his contributions to the Spanish teams progress to the knockout stages of the world cup remains one of the most despised footballers currently in the world cup
Sergio Ramos becomes another player in the list of controversial players to feature in the competition.
The Real Madrid defender despite his trophy-laden years in his football career have been heavily criticized for his controversial defensive methods in the previous season. His deliberate injury on Mohammed Salah in the Champion’s league finals in Kyiv summed up his dangerous defensive tactics. The Spaniard have been trying to stay away from the headlines in the current world cup but remains one of the hated players to still be in the world cup.
Luis Suarez popularly referred to as “Uruguayan Vampire” by some football lover remains another football character who have been the headlines for the wrong reason with awkward actions. His previous outings in the world cup have been marred by controversies. The Uruguayan’s deliberate use of teeth against Goirgio Chellini in the 2014 edition of the world cup still serves a reference point in his career. Prior to 2014 world cup, Suarez deliberately denied Ghana a spot in the world cup semi-final in 2010 edition after deliberately stopping a last-minute goal bound effort with his fingers. Despite his relatively quiet mood in Russia with Uruguay progression to the next round, the Uruguayan remains one of the most despised footballers currently in the competition.
It beats imaginations of many tactician and footballer lovers to watch how strong and robust footballers go down too easily inside the box.
Ashley Young with his free falling ability joins the list. The Manchester united footballer have brought a disgrace to English football with this controversial but master-class technical quality. While there is nothing wrong with been fouled by the opponent inside the box or in dangerous positions, Ashley Young’s simulation attempt seems to be setting a bad example for upcoming stars in the game. The footballer might been consistent in England’s starting team in the world cup but remains in the record as one of the most disliked players in the competition.
Sergio Busquet concludes the list with his approach towards the game. Footballers plying their trade in the familiar defensive midfield position have been known to be physically fit and agile while with the ball but the same can’t be said for the Barcelona midfielder. Busquet have come to establish himself as the Spanish version of Ashley Young for his simulation and exaggerated dives which at some point made him the most fouled player at the Camp nou. Despite his immense talent in the position, his immature behavior makes him one of the most hated footballers.