The 50 Most Controversial Soccer Players of All Time

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The 50 Most Controversial Soccer Players of All Time
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Lionel Messi didn't make this list. I mean, does the guy even frown?

The only fans who could really find fault with Messi are Real Madrid fans, and they're just being typical Real Madrid fans (which is both understandable and expected).

The only thing I could say against Messi is he sometimes asks the official to card an opposing player. That's obnoxious.

So while you won't find Messi in the next 50 slides, you'll surely find a player or two he is often mentioned in the same breath as.  

Football is the beautiful game, but players like Messi show that sometimes, beautiful is boring.

Dirt can be so much more entertaining, so here's a list of the 50 most controversial soccer players who have provided us fans with the most dirt all-time.

Some of these players have had one controversial moment that will be talked about for years to come, while some spent their whole careers causing a stir.

Let me know who you think was left out or who's in the wrong place!

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