The Bad Boys XI: Most Controversial Team Ever
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Controversy is a part of the game of football. It can’t be avoided. Sometimes, the controversies take place on the pitch and at times, the players act unusual off the pitch. With some players, the controversy just never ends! And several times, unfortunately, great players get ruined and vanished because of it. And what if it happens that the most controversial players get together, form their own team and get on that green grass?
Here is the most controversial football team ever that can be created.
Goal-keeper: José Luis Chilavert González
The former Paraguayan captain is probably the most famous Paraguayan footballer of all time. The keeper was a free kick and penalty kick specialist and is arguably the greatest goal scoring keeper in history. He was a fiery leader who fought with Colombian forward Faustino Asprilla. Chilavert once spit on Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos and accused him of racism and obscene gestures during the match.
Left-back: Ashley Cole
One of the most hated footballers, Ashley Cole was transferred from Arsenal to local rivals Chelsea in the year 2006. From swearing in front of a police officer outside a nightclub in 2009 to exceeding the speed limit in 2010, the Chelsea right-back had rough relations with the cops in London and has been fined more than a couple of times. In February 2011, Cole accidentally shot a 21-year-old student with a .22 calibre air rifle, at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground. He fired at Tom Cowan, a sports science student, from only five feet away, apparently unaware that the rifle was loaded!
Left Centre-back: John Terry
The controversy just never ends with him! In September 2001, John Terry was seen with several other teammates at a Heathrow hotel, drinking and mocking grieving American tourists. He’s been in the tabloids numerous times for cheating on his wife. The most famous incident was in early 2010, when it was revealed he had an affair with his former teammate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend. On 2nd November 2011, Terry was placed under police investigation following an allegation of racist abuse made at Anton Ferdinand during a match against Queens Park Rangers. On 27 September 2012, the hearing concluded with Terry being found guilty; he was punished with a four match ban and a £220,000 fine.
Right Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand
In the year 2010, Manchester United defender Ferdinand unsuccessfully sued the Sunday Mirror to prevent the publication of a story about an alleged affair with Carley Storey. During the case, it was alleged that the England International had affairs with 10 different women. Ferdinand has been involved in many more controversies, like drinking and driving in 1997 or driving way over the speed limit, which he was caught doing in 2002, 2003 and 2005, or by failing to take a drugs test in 2002. In August 2012, Ferdinand was fined £45,000 for his tweet regarding fellow English defender Ashley Cole, referring to him as ‘choc ice’.
Right-back: Gary Neville
It was really tough to find a controversial right-back, but Gary Neville has a knack for getting on opposing fans’ nerves, which proved decisive for him to make it to this team! He ran the full length of the Anfield pitch in 2006 to celebrate an injury-time winner that he didn’t even score, by the way! Liverpool‘s Jamie Carragher called him out for it, and the police claimed it caused problems between fans after the game. He again antagonized the opposing fans after Michael Owen’s late winner of Manchester City in 2009. There’s almost no player opposing fans love to hate more than Gary Neville!
Left Midfielder: Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is considered as one of the greatest footballers ever. However, it is a shame that the recent generation recognize him by only his headbutt in the 2006 World Cup Final. Zidane won two Serie A titles and one La Liga title, as well as appearing in three UEFA Champions League finals with Juventus and Real Madrid. Zidane also won the Ballon d’Or in 1998. He retired after the match, and for such a great player, it’s sad to see it end on such a controversial note.