Ranking the World Cup's 25 Biggest Villains of All Time

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Ranking the World Cup's 25 Biggest Villains of All Time
Remy de la Mauviniere/Associated Press

Over the course of 20 tournaments, the World Cup has seen a wide and sometimes befuddling array of storylines unfold; some good, some bad and certainly some downright ugly.

For as many heroes as we have witnessed in the history of football's premier event, there have stood an equal measure of villains.

These are the figures who garner more disdain than your average participant, whether it be due to crimes committed in a particular competition, their actions preceding a tournament or just because they're a generally disliked figure of the game who happened to get in the World Cup's bad books.

Fouls, simulation, other acts of cheating and generally dislikeable personas are just some of the reasons that some make their way into our countdown of the World Cup's greatest-ever villains.

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