Ranking the 15 Most Controversial Footballers of All Time

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Ranking the 15 Most Controversial Footballers of All Time
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There are some players who simply cannot stay away from the headlines, whether it be at the front or back of the newspaper. They seem to simply attract attention, whether they intend it or not.

They are the controversial figures who play such an important role in the narrative of football. There must always be a story and many of these bad boy characters fill those roles with alarming ease.

If they are on your team they are adored by all, for their desire to win is unquestionable and often the cause of their overstepping of the mark. Come up against them and they are the natural hate figure that your side must rally against.

Sport places elite athletes in an almost 24-hour media spotlight and, for some, that light seems to have a habit of picking up every wrong move they may make. 

In the modern, technologically advanced era especially, these errors of judgement are picked up and analysed in more detail than ever before. It is no surprise, then, that our selection has a very modern feel to it.

Let's then have a look at 15 of the most controversial footballers of all-time.

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