They are the players who are judged on entirely different standards to everybody else. For them, a mistimed tackle is a reckless lunge, while a chat with the referee is automatically a show of dissent whatever the context.
The world is always against them, whatever the reason or justification for the outcry. It's a simple fact, and they thrive on their status. He is the player you love if he plays for your team and cannot stand if he doesn't.
Nearly every club has one, it's inevitable. Some clubs even manage to collect a few of this bold and brash species.
Let's take a look, then, at some examples of footballers that the world just loves to hate.