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3 famously hot-tempered bad boys in modern football

Ronnie Evans
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Some of the nastiest football dark arts seen in full display
Some of the nastiest football dark arts seen in full display

It is common knowledge that bad boys are loved all over. However, in sports, there are rules and regulations to ensure players are in check. Additionally, they separate fair play from the dark arts. Football is without a doubt the most popular sport in the world. It brings together millions (if not billions) of people together, all in the name of the game.

There have been many football players who have made a name for themselves due to their unrivaled talent and exploits on the field of play. Legends such as Pele and Diego Maradona set the pace for current legends such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In that same course of history, there are others who have built a reputation for being fierce competitors.

Some of these players took the notion of being overly competitive too far. They have rarely backed down from a challenge and hit back without a shred of hesitation. They are the ultimate hot-tempered bad boys in the game.

#3 Mario Balotelli

Balotelli is always up for a physical confrontation
Balotelli is always up for a physical confrontation

The 28 year old has in the past built a character of being a no nonsense player. The Azzuri striker has bounced around five different clubs in Europe, and it has previously been reported that Balotelli's contract at Manchester City and Liverpool had customised clauses.

This entailed a rewarding bonus scheme if he avoided confrontation and disciplinary issues. Do you remember a previous Manchester derby that became very heated? Rio Ferdinand and Anderson were all up in his face, and we all knew a punch or head butt was on the way?

Surprisingly, Balotelli walked away in a calm manner. I guess the extra thousand pounds per week was a huge motivation. Balotelli has been sent off for getting into fights, and was reported to have gotten into a physical confrontation with former boss Roberto Mancini in training.

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