11 Footballers You Wouldn't Trust With Your Girlfriend
Footballers have always been surrounded by beautiful women. As if playing the game we love for millions of pounds per year, driving top-notch automobiles and living in mock-Georgian monstrosities isn't enough, they also attract some of the most gorgeous women around.
Like most things in life, this phenomenon is nothing new.
George Best is known as the original footballer playboy, but, no doubt, the Preston North End "Invincibles" had Lancashire mill-workers and maids trying to sneak into the Deepdale changing rooms.
Here, we run a light-hearted list of footballers you wouldn't trust with your girlfriend. We've left the horror shows involving criminals and the like out, as this is meant to be a bit of fun.
Let the list entertain, amuse and outrage you. But, whatever you do, keep your sweeter halves away from this bunch!
This one's a no-brainer, really.
Allegations of an affair with French underwear model Vanessa Perroncel would not have been so damaging if Perroncel hadn't been his wife Toni's best friend and the former squeeze of Mr. Chelsea's former teammate and best friend, Wayne Bridge.
The allegations, which were never proven, have spawned many amusing terrace chants. Amongst the best is a gem sung to the tune of the hymn "Lord of the Dance."
Shortly after that, the dreadful Wayne Bridge retired from playing for the England national team, so at least the lurid tale had a happy conclusion for England fans.
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Simply put, L.A. Galaxy star David Beckham is far too handsome for his own good.
His movie-star looks are at least as important as his soccer skills when it comes to attracting the lucrative endorsements and sponsorship deals that have made him so rich.
Although happily married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, no sane man would leave their girlfriend alone with anyone as handsome as the man called "Goldenballs."
Frank Worthington was a wonderfully talented footballer during the 1970s. He was also a notorious womaniser, as the title of his autobiography, "One Hump Or Two," suggests.
In 1972, he failed a medical exam when attempting to sign for Liverpool, with urban legend saying that his high blood pressure was caused by excessive sexual activity.
An apocryphal tale? Judge for yourselves after reading this small quote from his book:
"George Best had a reputation with the ladies but I had more than my fair share. There's one story about how I managed to seduce a Swedish teenager and her mother. They were great days."
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A so-called "Super Injunction"—to prevent the U.K.'s tabloid press from reporting his affair with topless model Imogen Thomas—was smashed apart by Twitter users this year. Even more lurid allegations followed, claiming that Giggs had an affair with his brother Rhodri's wife, Natasha.
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Wayne Rooney is the EPL's best player on current form. His performances this season have been nothing short of magnificent for Manchester United.
Off the field, allegations of affairs with prostitutes have haunted the £25 million striker.
First, there was grandmother Patricia Tiernan, who Wayne was alleged to have bedded in a Liverpool brothel when he was just 16. Call girl Jennifer Thompson, known to clients as "Juicy Jeni," then claimed to have slept with him when Rooney's wife Colleen was pregnant with their child, Kai.
His frequently blue language might also upset any delicate flowers out there!
Fans of the Manchester United legend sum the Northern Irishman up in this way: Maradona good, Pele better, George Best. The greatest ever footballing Casanova chose these words to describe himself instead:
"In 1969, I gave up women and alcohol—it was the worst 20 minutes of my life."
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
A hotel porter is famously said to have seen Best in bed with Miss World, surrounded by champagne and his winnings from the casino, and asked, "George, where did it all go wrong?"
Who would cheat on a wife as beautiful as Cheryl Cole? England left-back Ashely Cole, of course.
The Chelsea star, reviled by fans of former club Arsenal as "Cashley," was eventually dumped by the Girls Aloud singer after a string of allegations about his adulterous behaviour.
To most men, his sex appeal is mystifying, as is the thought that anyone would lose such a beautiful wife by seeing other girls on the side.
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Outspoken 1970s star Rodney Marsh isn't on this list for his philandering; He's been married to wife Jean for over 40 years. The reason we wouldn't trust our girlfriends with Marsh is because the former Manchester City and England star would wind them right up.
Things he's said that might annoy our better halves include:
"Of course there's a role for women in football—otherwise who will make the half-time tea?"
"Would you fly on a plane flown by two women? They'd be putting their lipstick on in the wing mirror."
"Women will never be equal to men because they're not on the same level."
He also once told a woman who asked him to explain the offside rule to go away and iron something.
Of course, the one-time Tampa Bay Rowdies star probably only said these things to get a reaction. Even so, it's best not to let your girlfriend near him or she might end up in jail on a homicide charge!
In mainland Europe, it's not only Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi who finds himself mired in call girl controversies, as French footballers Karim Benzema, Sidney Govou and Franck Ribery were all implicated in a scandal involving the stunning Zahia Dehar last year.
Both Benzema and Govou were reportedly single at the time, but what sets the Bayern Munich winger apart is the fact that he converted to Islam to marry his wife Wahiba in 2002. The couple also have two young daughters, Hizya and Shahinez.
Instead of showing a picture of the French international's ugly mug, here's a video of Zahia Dehar preparing to conquer Hollywood. I'm sure you'll all appreciate it more.
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English rose Claire Merry divorced French legend Thierry Henry on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. According to the British tabloid press, that included an affair with make-up artist Sadie Hewlett.
Claire was said to have found sexy text messages on the Frenchman's mobile and took him for £8 million. If the newspaper allegations are correct, the New York Red Bulls star lost his wife, cash and reputation because of his overactive va-va-voom.
Stan Collymore was the man who nearly had it all.
Blessed with pace, strength, two good feet and extravagant skills, Collymore signed with Liverpool for £8.5 million in 1995. Sadly for all involved, his career was one of wasted potential, as he never won a trophy and managed only three England caps.
He is now as famous for his involvement in dogging sessions, which I'll be delighted to explain to any Americans confused by the term! He also had sex with his boss Roy Evans' daughter after the squad's FA Cup final loss to Manchester United.
To finish this all-star eleven on a high, enjoy watching Collymore score twice in one of the greatest games of all time: Liverpool's 4-3 win over Newcastle United in April 1996.
And the Manager: Sven Goran Eriksson
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Tommy Docherty came a close second, but who other than Sven Goran Erikkson could be in charge of a team of footballers not to be trusted with your girlfriend?
Suave Swede Sven shocked English football when revelations of an affair with man-hungry Ulrika Jonsson were made public. Subsequent revelations involving sexy FA employee Faria Alam only served to reinforce his reputation as a womaniser.