The word rock star has many meanings to many people and a raft of connotations—largely pejorative if you are a conformer, ameliorative if you have been brought up on and reveled in 1960s American and British culture.
Smashed guitars, bat-eating Brummies and hotel shenanigans may not always be prevalent in modern-day football (at least not the first two). But many wild individuals with a carefree attitude, alarming attitude to fame and money and swagger which have won them more fans than critics have brought color to the sport over the last few decades.
In this slideshow, I highlight the ten most notable "wild things," alluding to some of their purported behavior over the years.
From Dwight Yorke and Mark Bosnich's kinky sex games to Rene Higuita's conviction for smuggling drugs to cat fights and knife brawls, the sporting press has never been short of off-the-field headlines.
Enjoy the mayhem!