20 Biggest Narcissists in World Football History

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IIApril 2, 2012

20 Biggest Narcissists in World Football History

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    Narcissistic, egomaniac, selfish, they are all one in the same in many ways, and the world of football is plagued with many of players who fit the bill for all those words.

    All around the globe there are players and managers alike with egos bigger than their heads with the comments and actions to prove it.

    History as well as the modern-day game are full of many, and here is a list of some of the biggest around at the moment.

Honorable Mention

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    Robbie Savage

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Brian Clough


    Gary Neville

    Jens Lehmann

    Didier Drogba

    Luis Suarez

David Bentley

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    Once it was believed that David Bentley was going to be one of the next greatest players in England.

    However, despite his obvious talent and believed potential, he has never risen to the occasion.

    But his ego has never taken a hit, no matter how poorly he has underperformed throughout his career.

El-Hadji Diouf

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    Even a move to lower-level Npower club Doncaster has never stopped the narcissism of former EPL player El-Hadji Diouf.

    The man who drives a chrome Mercedes has never shied away from thinking he is the most talented in the business without ever putting up the numbers to back him up.

William Gallas

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    Arsenal, Chelsea and now Tottenham are the London home of French defender William Gallas.

    A player who has been on either side of multiple London Derbies and made fans from all sides love, loath and hate him has always been one to let his ego get the better of him.

    Even now, in the twilight of his career, there is always the chance he will once again go off in the wrong direction.

Samuel Eto'o

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    Anzhi Makhachkala's much-overpaid attacker Samuel Eto'o has been a narcissistic prima donna on multiple occasions.

    Some times he is warranted his foray's into an ego trip, however most of the time he is just being Samuel Eto'o.

    His high-priced move to Russia only speaks for his ego as he most certainly had options but the cash called him home to the frozen tundra.


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    When Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are both rumored to be hunting you for astronomical amounts of money, it is enough to make any 19-year-old's ego go through the roof.

    The Santos' and Brazilian international needs to go ahead and make the move to get a reality check before his narcissism gets completely out of hand.


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    A massive move from Real Madrid to Manchester City shot the ego of Robinho through the ceiling despite it's already enormous size in Spain.

    However, his better-than-everyone-else attitude at City found him moved on after little playing time and much bickering to AC Milan.

    The Italian side has been a better fit for his narcissistic mindset, and I could not imagine the problems City would have if he were still in the same dressing room as Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.

Amr Zaki

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    Egyptian club Zamalek is home to Amr Zaki, who is definitely of the mindset that he is the best thing to be discovered from Egypt since King Tut's tomb was unearthed in the early 20th century.

    Although he has been a decent goal scorer, you would think he was the greatest legend in Europe if you were on his level of narcissism.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco

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    If there is a player from Mexico with a bigger narcissistic complex than Cuauhtemoc Blanco, I truly would not believe it.

    Even at the age of 39, Blonco would be hard-pressed to have another player from his nation that is more full of himself.

    However, he is still scoring goals at his age with Dorados and continues to try to keep his career afloat, which keeps fueling his overwhelming ego.

Adel Taraabt

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    The Npower Championship was never hard enough for him, but since moving to the English Premier League with Queens Park Rangers, Adel Taarabt has been little more than unimpressive.

    He did finally score a goal under Mark Hughes, but there is still a long way to go before the player is worth his salt in the EPL.

    A summer with so much speculation of his big transfer last year has turned into a sea of crickets when you mention his name for a transfer these days.

Diego Maradona

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    Argentine legend and footballing great Diego Maradona has always had an ego to match whatever level his talent ever reached.

    Even as a manager his narcissism knows no bounds.

Eric Cantona

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    The former Manchester United legend has always approached the game with an I-am-better-than-you attitude.

    Whether he was on the grass or the sand, there was never any doubt that Cantona thought he was the far superior being to all those around him.

Ashley Cole

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    Chelsea left back Ashley Cole didn't come by the nickname "Cashly" without reason.

    His money-grubbing move to the Blues from Arsenal sparked even more annoyance at the level of his narcissism than he had already leveled for the Gunners.

    Since then he has never looked back as one of the games most arrogant players to boot.

Ruud Gullit

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    The one-time Dutch legend has never shied away from the spotlight, even if the job was way over his head.

    He managed small success at Chelsea as a manager before moving on to multiple clubs where his talk and pompous attitude never produced the results they promised.

    However, if you ask him today he will never doubt himself, despite his lack of success in the hot seat.

Roman Abramovich

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    Chelsea Football Club owner and shot-caller Roman Abramovich is perhaps the most outspoken owner in much of the world that the media is always tuned into.

    Normally he is quick to take a manager to task and give him the boot if the results are not what he is expecting.

    The uncharacteristic amount of time it took for him to get rid of Andre Villas-Boas was perhaps a weak moment in us.

Joey Barton

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    Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton has a reputation and ego to match.

    The player has done his best to make amends for all the wrongdoings he was guilty of at Manchester City and Newcastle, but his time has been short at QPR and there is still time.

Sepp Blatter

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    It's never good to have an overzealous, narcissistic maniac in charge.

    However, it is ever worse when that narcissistic egomaniac is the head of FIFA.

    Sepp Blatter is arguably the most hated man in all of the footballing world and continues to keep making matters worse one decision or ill-fated comment at a time.

Jose Mourinho

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    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, "The Special One" as he is many times referred to, is without a doubt the biggest narcissist in the managerial world.

    Although he has a reputation for winning and a trophy list of credentials to prove his abilities in the hot seat, his antics both on and off the pitch cry out that he has the ego to go with it all.

Carlos Tevez

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    Manchester City is home to several major egos.

    The Argentine representative for the Citizens is Carlos Tevez.

    Only now is he finally returning to the first team after months of being a cry baby about wanting to leave Manchester.

    However, having not gotten his way he is being forced to try to rebuild all the bridges that he tore down.

    Maybe this piece of humble pie will hamper his ego, but I doubt it.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has an ego perhaps only overshadowed by one person in world football these days.

    The fellow obviously has talent or he would not be such a highly rated player, nor produce the numbers that he does.

    However, his mouth continues to fuel the beliefs of all those who say he is indeed quite the narcissist.

    Read some of his quotes, thanks to Heaven Sports.

Mario Balotelli

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    Is there anyone who deserves the top spot more than Mario Balotelli?

    The young Italian striker is as gifted with skill as he is not with tact.

    Balotelli is notorious for getting into trouble, figuring out how to make amends and then how to once again get into trouble with his mouth.

    Most recently his on-pitch battle with Aleksandar Kolarov over a free kick looks like it could have brought about the final real tip in the wrong direction for the Citizens as their hopes of winning the EPL title look to be falling apart.


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    There is a taste of the top in the world, but there are plenty more where that came from.

    Throw out some of your favorite narcissists and I'll be sure to add them to the honorable mention slide.

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