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The Worst Showboat Moments in Soccer History

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIJanuary 19, 2013

The Worst Showboat Moments in Soccer History

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    Soccer is no stranger to showboating, but at times, those pulling off the tricks cross the line.

    Stepovers, Cruyff turns etc. are all part of the game, and there's no harm in players using them to their advantage.

    When the player does something extremely extravagant to fool or taunt a player or score a goal, that's pretty disrespectful.

    When they fail to pull off said trick it can be funny, but the intention is still there.

    Those moments are the worst showboat moments in soccer history.

    Here they are.

Mario Balotelli Back-Heel vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    The boos rang out when Mario Balotelli tried this cheeky back-heel in a friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

    The Italian claims he didn't hear the whistle, and though that may have been true, it still doesn't take away from his intent.

    This action signaled the end of Balotelli's involvement in the game, as he was immediately hooked by Roberto Mancini.

Richard Witschge Mocking Feyenoord

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    Sure Richard Witschge didn't juggle against opposition, but he still made a mockery of his opponents Feyenoord.

    In normal circumstances, Witschge could have just taken the ball down on the ground while carrying it forward.

    Not sure why he decided to juggle at that exact moment but it wasn't necessary at all.

Nani Juggling During a Game

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    Nani has plenty of skill, and as we'll see here, he's not shy of using it. 

    While Richard Witschge juggled without opposition, the Portuguese winger tried to add to the spice with a man defending him.

    His decision to juggle against Arsenal, when Manchester United was already ahead 4-0, was disrespectful to say the least.

The Famous Back-Heel Penalty

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    With his team already up 5-2 Theyab Awana found a great way to rub the result in his opponent's face.

    A perfectly executed back-heel penalty made the game 6-2 in his team's favor.

    While this kind of ingenuity can be lauded in practice to an extent, it really shouldn't have made it into a match.

    Especially not with a result that was already in the bag.

David Dunn's Failed Trick

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    We've seen players showboat in bad taste, but when a player fails at showboating, that's worthy of a list like this.

    David Dunn tried to emulate some of his more skilled colleagues and fails miserably.

    His made a mess of what may have been a simple pass and gave us a few laughs by falling down in the process.

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