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5 superstars who have not been respected by their own fans

Abhinav Anand
ANALYST

#3 Jorginho (Chelsea)

Jorginho
Jorginho

Whenever a manager fails to get the desired results at a particular club, the players he signs tends to bear the brunt of the fans' criticism.

At Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini was one such player. The Belgian was signed during David Moyes' unsuccessful spell as manager. Despite being a useful player to have, fans never truly warmed up to Fellaini post-Moyes' departure. Jorginho, at Chelsea, seems to be suffering due to the same reason after Maurizio Sarri's departure.

The Italy international was signed by Chelsea during Maurizio Sarri's tenure as manager. Sarri's brand of football was never fully appreciated by Chelsea fans, and the Italian left the club after just one season. Jorginho, meanwhile, stuck around, and despite producing good performances, he has never endeared himself to the Chelsea fans.

Nevertheless, the 29-year-old played a key role as Chelsea won the Champions League last season, and was arguably Italy's best player during their triumphant Euro 2020 campaign.

Chelsea fans have been showing their appreciation for Jorginho in recent weeks, though. The midfielder has been constantly linked with a move away from the Stamford Bridge outfit after Sarri's departure, but it would be surprising not to see Jorginho play for Chelsea next season.


#2 David Beckham (England)

David Beckham
David Beckham

David Beckham is an icon of the sport and a legend of Manchester United and the England national team.

Things were not so smooth after the 1998 FIFA World Cup for Beckham, though. In the second round of the competition, Beckham received a red card for a foul on Argentine midfielder Diego Simeone, and watched helplessly as England lost the game on penalties.

Beckham was arguably the least popular man in England after the game. The midfielder received death threats, and the English media showed no kindness to the Manchester United star. This animosity would continue for the next few years.

In 2000, Beckham was heavily booed during a game against Portugal. However, the Manchester United youth product was made team captain that very year by Sven-Goran Eriksson.

In 2001, England needed a draw against Greece to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. With the Three Lions down 2-1, up stepped Beckham. He curled in a beautiful free-kick, and was heralded as a national hero. Beckham's redemption was complete.


#1 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

On paper, Gareth Bale has enjoyed an excellent career at Real Madrid. The forward joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £90.9 million.

The Wales international has made 250 appearances in all competitions, scoring 104 goals and providing 68 assists, for Madrid. He has won four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles, and has played a key role in almost every trophy won by the Merengues since his arrival.

Nevertheless, Bale does not enjoy a good relationship with the Real Madrid fans. He has been booed frequently, and his commitment to the club has been questioned on a regular basis. Bale, for his part, has only increased the anger of the fans through his actions.

It was not surprising to see Bale join Tottenham Hotspur on loan last season. His time at Real Madrid has almost certainly come to an end. If Madrid can find a club willing to take Bale, they will likely let go of the 32-year old, whose big wages are a burden for Madrid.

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