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Close, but no cigar: Both Nicklas Bendtner and Nigel de Jong are considered to be somewhat controversial football players. (Pic: Getty)
Too often has the Dane found himself in the media’s spotlight for the wrong reasons.
Examples include alleged fighting, car vandalising, several speeding tickets, fighting whilst on holiday in Denmark, a turbulent and public love life and, most recently, fined by UEFA for displaying underwear featuring advertisement during the 2012 Euros.
He is struggling to find his form in Juventus, where he is on a season-long loan deal.
He had a terribly promising future as a young footballer, but poor career moves and a turbulent off-the-pitch life saw his potential decrease drastically.
He is now on loan at Vicenza from Sporting after the latter club banned him from training and matches, following the Bulgarian’s behaviour during a cup match.
Sporting had earned a last-minute penalty, and as Sporting’s regular penalty taker Matias Fernandez prepared to execute it, Bojinov decided to push him away and take the shot himself.
He missed and was consequently given a persona non grata by the Portuguese club.
Nigel de Jong
As far as controversy goes, de Jong is mostly famous for his attempt-of-murder kick on Spain’s Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final.
The notorious kick happened only a few months after the former Manchester City player nearly ended Hatem Ben Arfa’s Newcastle career with a tackle that saw de Jong being the centre of a witch-hunt by the English press. Now playing for AC Milan, however, the Dutch hard-man has seemingly calmed down—for now, anyway.
Now on loan at Juventus, but known as Le Sulk while playing for Arsenal, the Frenchman who has played for ten clubs during his career, is as famous for his temper and ability to stir up controversies as he is for his talent.
Having been banned by the French Football Association for 18 games following the World Cup mutiny, Anelka joined an exclusive list, along with Roy Keane and Diego Maradona, all of whom have been sent home from a major international tournament.