Top 8 English Premier League Stars Who Can't Speak English

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 16, 2012

Top 8 English Premier League Stars Who Can't Speak English

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    Every summer we see an influx of foreign players enter the Premier League as managers continually look abroad for a bargain.

    The downside? Recruiting the odd player who can't grasp the English language.

    All in all, it's not a massive issue. Football is a universal language which most can understand but it can hinder the settling process.

    Robinho found it very difficult when joining Manchester City and he didn't last long.

    See who else has so far failed in their task to grapple the English language!

Marouane Fellaini

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    Marouane Fellaini is, according to Phil Neville's team introduction during ITV's FA Cup semifinal coverage, the worst English speaker he's ever come across.

    He has an English lesson once per week and has been residing in Liverpool for three years but still hasn't really picked up the necessary skills to communicate off the field with his teammates.

Carlos Tevez

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    Carlos Tevez has been in England for a long time now.

    At first he had real issues and claimed his inability to read the English language was the reason he didn't take necessary action when faced with speeding fines.

    Even still to this day, his English would be described as "not great." Running away to Argentina doesn't help.

Sergio Aguero

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    Perhaps the fact that Sergio Aguero doesn't speak English well doesn't matter when there's a Argentinian connection between him and Carlos Tevez.

    Most of Aguero's tweets are in Spanish and the odd ones are translated to English. On his arrival in Manchester, none of us could work out what he was tweeting.


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    Ramires, despite fast becoming the favourite for Chelsea's Player of the Season Award, hasn't quite grasped the language.

    Admittedly, it's far better than it was when this article was produced, and you can understand why it might be difficult for him.

    He's come a long way from a regular 12-hour shift, $2-per-hour bricklayer in Brazil.


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    Anderson's English is still very poor despite the fact he's had ample opportunities to learn.

    He's been in the country for years and been surrounded by teammates who also learnt. Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani are both Portuguese speakers who've learnt to speak English.

    Anderson could have used the help from them.

Ji Dong Won

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    Here's his Twitter account...good luck.

Emmanuel Adebayor

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    Full marks for effort Emmanuel, you've done yourself proud.

    Most people don't bother. That's not the case with you. You've given it your best shot.

    This video is both a) hilarious and b) from several years ago. Listen to a recent interview, you'll see things haven't changed too much.

Roman Pavlyuchenko

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    OK, so his Premier League nightmare is over now and his long-awaited return to Russia has come to fruition.

    But he's worth a mention because the former Tottenham striker had to have a translator with him throughout training sessions to help him communicate with his teammates.

    You could tell he wasn't going to last too long in England.


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