Royal Wedding Special: World Football's 10 All-Time Worst Marriages

Andy GrayContributor IIApril 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Special: World Football's 10 All-Time Worst Marriages

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    With the Royal Wedding fast approaching, newspapers and television shows are filled with talk of William and Kate. How will it go? Will they last?

    Everyone is talking about the Royal couple to be and wedding gossip is flying left, right and centre. Talk of who will be attending and what they will be wearing is bizarrely an extremely important thing right now.

    All this chitchat about weddings got me thinking about some of the hodgepodge marriages that have graced the footballing world over the years. While there have been the odd successes, there have been more talked about cases of "marriage gone wrong" and where money and fame have driven couples apart.

    Sometimes you can understand how difficult it must be to avoid temptation. When women desperate for fame are throwing themselves at you and your money, how do you remain faithful?

    If I were a footballer, I can promise you I would be very much single. Here is a list of players and coaches who should have followed my lead but didn't.

10. Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy

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    I'm going to include these two because they are currently engaged to be wed in the near future.

    Crouchy once proclaimed that had he not been a footballer, he would have been a virgin. Ironically, he's now engaged to a super hot model.

    Much like Wayne Rooney, despite punching far above his weight, Crouch decided that he would exploit his celebrity footballer tag and has been accused of soliciting hookers while away in Spain.

    Why someone that looks like Crouchy would cheat on someone who looks like Abbey is beyond me, but he seems to have got away with it for now, and the couple have had their first child. 

    Built on the rockiest foundations, I rate their chances of life success at zero.

9. John Terry and Toni Poole

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    Another case of a WAG staying with their husband despite a very public affair.

    John Terry has been with his wife Toni for a long, long time and the couple have two children. In 2009, JT was even named "Dad of the Year." Sounds perfect, doesn't it?

    Next thing you know, the tide has changed completely and now Toni firmly has JT by the knackers thanks to revelations of an affair the England captain had with Vanessa Perroncel. To make it even worse, she was the girlfriend of Terry's teammate and good friend Wayne Bridge.

    Toni ran off on holiday with her mother to try and get her head straight before forgiving the multi-millionaire and trying to move on. 

    It seems footballers don't enjoy marriage unless it's made as challenging as possible.

8. Paul Gascoigne and Sheryl Failes

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    At the time of this marriage, Gazza was one of football's favourite sons.

    He was entering the later years of his career, but he had yet to descend into madness.

    In 1996, he married long term girlfriend Sheryl, having proposed with the aid of a limo full of roses and a cake sporting the words "Will You Marry Me?"

    Awww, romance.

    The wedding was a fairytale one, with many celebrities in attendance.

    Unfortunately, two years later the relationship was over as Sheryl claimed Paul beat her regularly. He later admitted the allegations and was accused of beating Sheryl's children as well.

    Since then it has been a downward spiral from which he has never recovered.

7. George Best and Alex Pursey

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    George Best may have been one of the greatest footballers of all time, but when it came to relationships, he was sketchy at best.

    In 2004, Alex was a contestant on the reality TV show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! where she alleged that Best had been violent towards her during their marriage. 

    He never denied the claims, and according to Alex, he used to punch her in the face. Apparently he did it to previous girlfriends as well. Hardly the behaviour of a stand up professional role model.

    Despite the allegations, Best was successfully defended in court (where he was represented by his drinking buddy!) and that was that. 

6. Sven-Goran Eriksson and Nancy Dell'Ollio

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    OK, so never technically married, but this wasn't the easiest topic to research!

    Sven and Nancy started as they meant to go on originally hooking up while she was married to successful Italian lawyer Giancarlo Mazza.

    When Sven was offered the England job, Nancy moved with him, and the two were never far from the tabloids throughout their relationship.

    The glamourous New York born Dell'Olio stuck with the Silver Swede throughout an alleged relationship with TV personality Ulrika Jonsson, but when it was revealed he may have shacked up with FA Secretary Faria Alam, it was game over, and after a beautifully crafted public slap, she was off.

5. Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin

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    It all started so nice and cute didn't it?

    These two were sweethearts from a young age when they were together at school in Liverpool. From the moment young Wayne burst onto the scene at the age of 16, he had Coleen on his arm.

    Unfortunately, fame went to his head fairly sharpish, and it wasn't long before he was being accused of shacking up with a granny prostitute (although in his defence, a granny in Liverpool could be in her 30s).

    After getting over that hump in the road, everything looked back on course. Wayne was in the form of his life, the couple were married and they had a baby on the way.

    Next thing you know the tabloids are rife with stories of Wayne soliciting a hooker repeatedly and apparently his infidelity stretched to paying for threesomes.

    If this one lasts, I'll eat my hat.

4. Nasser Mohammad-Khani and Shahla Jahed

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    I'd be surprised if anyone has heard of either of these two people unless you remember the story in the news.

    It's an incredibly convoluted, but I will do my best to explain.

    Basically, according to Amensty's website

    "Under Iranian law, men and women can marry either permanently or temporarily. In a temporary marriage, men and women can commit to be married for an agreed period of time, on payment of an agreed sum of money to the woman, after which the marriage is null and void, although it can be renewed."

    So roughly what happened is that Khani was married and then committed to Jahed in a temporary marriage.

    Jahed wasn't best pleased about the arrangement and in retaliation she stabbed and killed Khani's wife.

    As a result, she was executed in December.

    It makes you wonder if footballers are worth all this hassle...

3. Bruno Fernandes De Souza and Eliza Samudio

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    OK so I am cheating again a little bit here as the couple were never married, but that is why this is not top of the list.

    I will have to be fairly cagey here in the way I give this information as the trial is still in motion, but the Brazilian shot stopper is currently in a whole heap of trouble.

    He is currently in prison awaiting trial for allegedly ordering the murder of his long time girlfriend. Not only that, but apparently she was then chopped up and fed to the dogs.

    Makes our footballers look rather tame.

2. George Best and Angie MacDonald-Janes

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    Appearing more than once on this list, football's original bad boy married Angie in Las Vegas in the 1970s.

    It didn't start off on the right foot when Best's manager Ken Adams had sold the story and picture rights to a tabloid newspaper, which meant that on the flight to Vegas, the couple weren't able to sit together in case other papers got wind of the nuptials.

    Add to that the fact that Georgie boy managed to lose the wedding ring, and you've got yourself a not-so-enjoyable start!

    On flying back to their home in LA, Angie thought the romance could be salvaged until the party animal appeared from the bathroom to announce he was going out drinking with friends on their wedding night, leaving his new bride and announcing, "Don't wait up."

    It wasn't long before she binned the superstar.

    Another reason to criticise this marriage is that it helped put Calum Best on this planet.

1. Ashley Cole and Cheryl Tweedy

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    I genuinely can't express enough the disdain I have for both of these human beings.

    This marriage was doomed from day one, and to be honest, they lasted a lot longer than many of us thought they would so that's a little win I suppose.

    Inevitably, Ashley's laddish partying ways led to stories of him cheating on her repeatedly.

    Shock! Horror!

    What irritated me the most was Cheryl's insistence on giving Cashley second chance after second chance before finally getting the picture and seeing what the rest of us saw.

    Thank the dear Lord above that this is finally over and behind us if you ask me.