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Top 5 footballers who aren't exactly in love with the sport

  • Not every footballer loves the beautiful game....some despise it as well.
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A portrait of Gabriel Batistuta of Inter Milan
Gabriel Batistuta is one of the greatest strikers to grace the game

Weird, isn't it? How can such a beautiful sport; one that makes us forget our troubles; one that gives us the best life lessons on the pitch; one that gives us loads of memories to cherish, be hated or despised by a player himself?

I eat football, I sleep football, I breathe football. I am not mad. I am just passionate.

That's the kind of quote you would normally hear from a footballer, in this case, Thierry Henry. However, for some others, the beautiful game's nothing more than just a normal job and a rather better option for making more money than usual.

While not all who dream to be footballers can be professionals, some don't enjoy being one even when they have reached the required level.

Here, let's take a look at five players who aren't exactly in love with football.

# David Batty

David Batty of Newcastle in action
David Batty hasn't been able to watch football since retirement

David Batty was an English professional footballer who plied his trade for Leeds, Blackburn and Newcastle in his 18-year football career. He was also a part of the Three Lions squad in UEFA Euro 1992 and FIFA World Cup 1998. He is mostly remembered for missing a penalty for England against Argentina in the World Cup.


Back in 2007, he admitted his disregard for the game saying,

“The national game is boring. And I’ve not been to watch any match since I finished playing. I can never understand anybody paying to watch it, never mind going all the way across the world to see it. You want to be entertained."

Well, well, well...

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