It is difficult to stay composed and collected as a footballer due to the fast-paced, high energy nature of the game. With thousands of fans relying on a player to produce, the weight must be ever-increasing the quicker the clock ticks.
With fuses shorter than a referee’s whistle, let’s have a look at the 10 angriest footballers to ever grace the field.
The former Manchester United skipper is the clear choice to get the ball rolling. Possessing one of the worst track records when it comes to violence and maintaining a calm demeanor, Keane would lose his temper and fly off the rails whenever he thought he was hard-done-by.
Roy Keane is suggested to have ruined Alf-Inge Halland’s playing career, after crunching into the Norwegian’s knee with a boot-full of studs nearly sheering his leg off. The Irish midfielder was well-known for his fiery temperament and aggressive, dangerous playing style.
Pepe has a notorious name for himself in La Liga, having spent a large chunk of his playing career kicking ankles while defending the Real Madrid sticks. Kicking people on the ground, not thinking, arguing with match officials, insulting teammates, and making dangerous tackles.
Whenever the ex-Real Madrid defender plays for his national team Portugal, his short-fuse is exposed to the world and some intelligent individuals leverage this chink in his armour. Thomas Muller engineered the Portuguese’s red card at the 2014 World Cup, by poking him all game until he unleashed.
Mario Balotelli is the epitome of footballing insanity, reported on more off the field than on it the Italian has had a rough ride in the footballing world. The A.C. Monza striker is simply not maturing and continues his childish escapades.
This is a man who burned down his bathroom while setting off fireworks, quickly become a spokesman for firework safety for the city of Manchester. Now plying his trade at Italian Club A.C. Monza, the hot-headed striker still has a reputation for his short temper.
Joey Barton, the bad boy of football. This man has played for four different Premier League outfits, coupled with stints in Scotland and France, and has left an angry imprint on all the teams he has featured at.
The Liverpudlian, who plied the majority of his footballing career at Manchester City, has had a terrible disciplinary record and it’s usually his rash behaviour which gets the one-cap England player in hot water. Barton was seen as one of the most hated players in Premier League History, receiving 6 red cards which came from reckless attempts to knock someone off the ball.
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Zlatan is a towering and physical presence in the beautiful game, his locker-full of confidence is as much to be admired as his footballing game. Zlatan has engaged in altercations with Rafael van der Vaart, Antonio Cassano, Oguchi Onyewu, Pep Guardiola and many more.
The long list above examples the disagreements the Swedish striker has had with teammates, opponents and managers over the years. A clear sign that the veteran football player has a fiery temper.
Since his arrival from Spain in 2014, Diego Costa constantly found himself on the receiving end of the British media due to his transparent rage and temper-tantrums he threw on the pitch.
An unstoppable force at this time at Chelsea, it seemed the Brazilian received more press for his childish outbursts and continued arguing with officials than his footballing talent.
Arsenal fans will miss the iconic Patrick Vieira. The former captain at Highbury was a ruthless midfielder and often controlled the tempo in games due to his sheer physical presence, however, the Frenchman also was known for his short fuse and unforgiving nature.
During his time in North London, he kicked, spat and fought with those who dared challenge his reign as toughest Premier League player. Vieira also possesses one of the worst disciplinary records in Arsenal’s history
The Italian footballer has a temper like a bull in a china shop. The AC Milan club captain grabbed former hard man Joe Jordan by the throat after Tottenham’s 1-0 win at the San Siro in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2012.
The defensive midfielder headbutted the former Scottish striker after the final whistle in a fit of rage. Gattuso demonstrated his erratic temper on and off the field and takes the number one-spot for angriest footballers.