What a Screamer: The Top 15 Egos in World Football
One can only imagine what being a professional footballer is like. You have the ability to make the ball do wonders on a stage that the world watches in awe and demand. There's money, women, fans, cars, night clubs, you are a superstar.
It would be oh so easy to let the fame, glory, attention surge to your head. As long as your performing, why should you have to answer to anyone?
It's a mentality often evoked and conveyed in World Football, and fans see it so often yet cannot care less as long as the player performs. However, there are some huge egos in World Football which can make shroud a player's general game.
Whether it's their belief that they are just too good or the fact that they require all the attention or money in World Football, all just that they are generally irritating with their comments or views, certain players have an ugly ego.
But whose got the worst ego in World Football?
There are many contenders but overall as long as they continue to brandish football in the beautiful way it deserves to be conveyed, fans are not to bothered by their silly antics.
BleacherReport establishes the 15 biggest egos in World Football.
15. Cauhtemoc Blanco
Adored in Mexico, Cauhtemoc Blanco is regarded as one of the most talented Mexican players of all time.
A strong, intelligent and clinical forward, the 38-year-old boasts 121 appearances and 39 goals for Mexico and has enjoyed a long, stellar career, in which the veteran recorded over 300 league matches and 125 league goals for Club America.
However, Blanco is known for his high evaluation of himself. The Mexican has a notorious goal celebration of standing like an Aztec emperor and has endured a number of feuds with coaches.
Blanco was dropped from Mexico's 2006 World Cup squad due to attitude and form problems.
Nonetheless, the Mexican remains a gem in North American football.
14. Samir Nasri
The Frenchman enjoyed a breakthrough 2010/2011, in which the Arsenal playmaker showed more consistency and maturity, particularly in the first half of the season.
Although the 24-year-old endured a lapse in form which coincided with Arsenal's horrific demise from February onwards, Nasri emerged as a devastating midfielder and earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
However his 46 appearances and fifteen goals have ensured the Frenchman believes he is deserving of a huge wage increase. Currently on £55,000 a week at the Emirates, Nasri is entering his final year of his Arsenal contract but refuses to extend the contract with the £100,000 a week offered by Arsene Wenger not enough.
Despite stating his desire to succeed at Arsenal and the fact the Gunners' established Nasri in the Premier League, the Frenchman is prepared to leave to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.
13. David Bentley
The Englishman has never properly fulfilled his potential and has often annoyed fans with his occasionally laziness and arrogance. A notorious show-boater who has a tendency to show a poor attitude and general lack of interest too.
Notably utilized at Blackburn, who resurrected his form and reputation after failing to make it at Arsenal, to acquire bigger clubs. The 26-year-old also refused to participate in an U-21 European Championships.
A more than talented player, however, who scored some stunning goals and possesses a vicious free kick, David Bentley does have a big ego.
12. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is a terrific player and a terrific person.
A Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, created the "Didier Drogba Foundation" to bring hospitals and clean water to Africa, notably established some peace in his country the Ivory Coast and even managed to organise an African Cup of Nations qualifier in the rebel strong hold of Ivory Coast second largest city Bouake.
This resulted in Times magazine naming him in the 100 most influential people in the World.
Not to mention his plaudits on the field, 144 goals for Chelsea, African Player of the Year twice, PFA Team of the Year Twice, The EPL Golden Boot, Ivory Coast Player of the Year are just a few of his achievements.
However the Ivorian is occasionally dirty alongside possessing a poor attitude at times. Drogba has been labelled a diver, particularly by former manager Jose Mourinho.
Furthermore, the Ivorian slapped Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic in the face during the 2007/2008 final and has often been seen becoming disgruntled and lazy during Chelsea rare losses.
Didier Drogba also told a camera that Tom Ovrebo was a "F****** disgrace" after officiating a 2009 UEFA Champions League semifinal against Barcelona, which the Spanish giants won.
11. Nicklas Bendtner
The Arsenal striker has a high evaluation of himself. The 23-year-old scored a 10 out of nine in a self confidence test run by Arsenal's physchologist, has often stated he will become the best player in World Football, has been known to tell people season after season he will win the Golden Ball award, and insiders believe the Dane often blames other for his misses on goal.
None the less Bendtner has provided Arsenal with calibre, particularly in 2009/2010, and although the FC Copenhagen youth has endured lapses in form and playing time during 2010/2011, there is no denying the striker is a talented footballer who is still young.
However, Nicklas Bendtner does have quite an ego.
“In about three years, I will be better than Zlatan. He is older than me and has now reached his peak as the top scorer in Serie A—but I have a plan, I believe in it and I am ready. Next season, I can finally make my breakthrough and then I still have two years to become better than Zlatan—and I will.
By then I will be close to my peak and will be able to look upon myself as one of the world’s greatest strikers.”
10. Joey Barton
The Englishman is a quality midfielder who has outstanding technical ability bit unfortunately has had his career tainted with off-field indiscretions alongside attitude complaints and a generally big ego.
The Newcastle midfielder has been twice convicted of assault, broke the leg of a pedestrian when speeding in Liverpool at 2 a.m.
It get worse. On the 1st of May, Barton viciously attacked teammate Ousmane Dabo in which Dabo suffered head injuries and a detached retina.
Barton was fined £100,000 and was heavily suspended. Dabo then pressed charges, and Barton was bailed until August and was later charged with assault to which he initially pleaded not guilty.
He later changed this to a guilty plea and on 1 July, 2008 was sentenced to a four-month suspended prison sentence plus 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £3,000 compensation.
Barton was also charged with violent conduct by the FA. Barton pleaded guilty and on 1 Sept., 2008 was banned for six games with a further six game ban suspended for two years and fined £25,000.
The Englishman has also endured many "poor relationships" with managers and teammates and is described often as a person who is immensely difficult to get along with. Barton often publicly criticizes fellow England midfielders and team mates.
There is a lot more, but Bleacher Report does not like to bore readers.
9. Craig Bellamy
Not many footballing fans have taken to Craig Bellamy, a wonderfully talented player who is blessed with devastating speed, balance and skill that has tormented defences throughout England. However, his attitude, arrogance, aggression and ego have predominantly tainted the Welshman.
Bellamy's inability to get on with teammates and managers has resulted in nine different clubs during his illustrious career. In 2007, the Manchester City winger attempted to smash Liverpool teammate John Arne-Risse with a golf club and has also been linked with assault's on women.
A constant disrespect is also give to referees by Bellamy and has been known to ignore team mates of a lesser level.
8. Emmanuel Adebayor
An elegant, imposing striker who can find the goal with ease. After scoring 30 goals during the 2007/2008 season for Arsenal and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year, the Togolese striker than demanded a move to AC Milan or to receive what was considered near ridiculous wages from the Gunners'.
Adebayor was sold in 2009 to Manchester City and later scored against Arsenal and celebrated by run a considerable length of the field to taunt the travelling Arsenal fans. Known for attitude problems, Adebayor also attacked Nicklas Bendtner during Arsenal's 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham in the 2007/2008 League Cup semifinals.
Furthermore, the Togo captain has a tendency to be lazy, lacklustre and erratic, particularly if the situation gets tough.
7. Marlon King
Another player who has conveyed stunning ability and calibre but has had his career blighted with off-field offences and attitude problems. A tough and skillful striker, Marlon King has played for 11 different clubs since turning professional in 1998.
Often increased wages or disputes with managers are the main factors in his constant departures but the Jamaican is also a liability off the field.
Apart from occasional tussles with teammates, including headbutting Hull City midfielder Dean Windass in a casino. King has convictions for 14 offences, dating from 1997.
Two cases have led to imprisonment. In May 2002, he received an 18-month prison sentence for receiving stolen goods. In December 2008, King was arrested on suspicion of punching a 20-year-old female university student in the face, causing a broken nose and split lip.
A player who certainly let the life of a footballer get to his head.
6. Wayne Rooney
A fantastic striker and renowned English presence, Wayne Rooney has performed brilliantly on the World Football stage alongside achieving huge honours such as the PFA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, FIFApro Young Player of the World and numerous others alongside UEFA Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup medals.
However, Wayne Rooney has a big ego. Too often does World Football witness the 25-year-old enduring anger outbursts, sulking, yelling and even swearing into cameras.
Rooney knows he good and fair enough, the Englishman is a superb striker, but it is still one heck of an ego.
5. Ashley Cole
The Englishman has widely been considered the best left back in World Football for a number of years having thrived at Arsenal and Chelsea. However, Cole may be a brilliant fullback, but there is no questioning his antics have earned a reputation of someone with a big ego.
Cole notoriously left Arsenal after their inability to offer him what he believed a suffice wage which resulted in the nickname "Cashley." One married to pop sensation Cheryl Cole, the England international famously slept and slept around which eventually resulted in their divorce in September 2010.
A tendency to evoke arrogance, Cole may be one of England's best, but many fans have not taken to the 30-year-old.
4. Samuel Eto'o
The Cameroon striker has the ability to be a freak goalscorer but also possess the attitude that diminishes his exceptional skill. Eto'o often endures in arguments with managers, officials, players, teammates whether it is the international or domestic stage.
There have been several falling out between teammates and managers of the Cameroon national team and the Inter Milan striker has occasionally threatened to leave the Lions. Eto'o hates being substituted or starting from the bench and famously refused to enter the field of play as a substitute in 2007 for Barcelona.
However, the former Real Madrid star is still a high calibre striker whose accomplishments highly his success.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo
When women adore you, your one of the best players ever to grace World Football, you're the highest paid footballer in Europe and quite frankly can curl the ball outstandingly, you a destined to boast somewhat of a big ego.
Such is the case for Cristiano Ronaldo. A beautiful player who has long been seen as the best player in World Football for some time, Lionel Messi may have a say in that. Nonetheless, Ronaldo thinks big of himself, not just his skill.
A notorious womanizer, Ronaldo is said have slept with hundreds of models and often laments on his physical beauty. Quotes such as the ones below highlight Ronaldo high view of himself.
"Maybe people hate me because I am too good."
“No one did what I did last season, and for this I deserve the Golden Boot and why not the best World Player?”
“My free-kick secret? I just look at the net and say ‘take the kick, Cristiano.’”
2. William Gallas
William Gallas is a tough, non nonsense defender who has achieved great respect and success around Europe.
However, the Frenchman has a tendency to throw massive tantrums, argue with just about anyone from teammates, officials and fans, publicly criticize everyone but himself and show very little loyalty.
When at Chelsea it was rumoured Gallas would get so sulky the France international threatened to score own goals. At Arsenal, Gallas admitted to having no friends and was seen as an "outcast" by most of the Gunners.
Arguments with Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Manuel Almunia, Gael Clichy are just a few of his attitude demises.
Furthermore Gallas was stripped of the captaincy by Arsene Wenger for his biography which criticized the Gunners and players and his partying antics.
Tied for 1. El Hadji Diouf
Find a person who truly respects El Hadji Diouf. Many will same it is almost impossible to find due to El Hadji Diouf's reputation.
A talented forward who can exhibit terrific footballing ability. However, trouble, whether off field on on, the Senegalese striker is always somehow involved in something controversial.
Renowned for a number of incidents in which the Blackburn forward spat at officials, fans, players, Diouf often carries the mentality that he is not allowed to be tackled in football, often participating in unnecessary arguments with players.
A string of off field indiscretions also taint his career as well as racially abusing a ball boy, arguing with managers and teammates and even taunting a player who lay on the ground with a broken leg.
Tied for 1. Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli has an enormous ego, and the Italian is still only 20.
Jose Mourinho, who managed Balotelli at Inter Milan stated that the striker was "unmangable" and possessed the worst attitude in World Football.
Often lazy, sulky, argumentative and down right stupid despite being hugely talented, it can be quite a challenge to take to the imposing striker.
Currently at Manchester City, Balotelli recently won the Golden Boy award and stated he was just a little bit behind Lionel Messi and that he had never heard of the other contenders but would happily meet them to show them his trophy.
The Italian has been invloved with disputes with teammates and manager Roberto Mancini at the Eastlands and is said to be impossible to get along with. However, the 20-year-old does have a soft side.
The forward discovered a little boy had ditched school for the City training ground as he was being bullied. Balotelli promptly drove the boy and his mother to the school where he confronted the bully and talked to the school principal.
A talented footballer who should mature as he ages.