- Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
There is no surprise seeing Zlatan on this list as the Swedish superstar has time and again been very blunt about his opinions. May it be “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions”, “The World Cup is nothing without me” or terming Pep as a “spineless coward” or “not a man”, Zlatan has never shied away from expressing what he has felt.
- Dani Alves:
The Brazilian is one of the finest full backs in the world right now but even he has been very vocal about his opinions. He recently stated that he didn’t know any Marseille player before PSG faced Marseille, he was found saying that Real Madrid will “always be there, giving up their ass” and also attacked his former team Barcelona’s management, saying that they had no idea how to treat their footballers.
- Joey Barton:
Barton has always been in trouble with a number of controversies as he has struggled to control his temper and restrict himself from voicing his opinion. He has till date insulted plenty of players, terming Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye as “terrible” and “braindead”, Alan Shearer as a “prick” and Thiago Silva as an “overweight ladyboy”. He has been involved in plenty of feuds because of his outspoken nature.
- Roy Keane:
Keane was a phenomenal leader and player at Manchester United but is also very well known for his blunt attitude. He once slammed United’s corporate fans by stating that they were more interested in eating prawn sandwiches than seeing what was happening on the pitch. He was also involved in feuds with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.
The great Brazilian striker was a delight to watch on the pitch but one who was quite proud about himself. He was found stating that God pointed to him when he was born and said that he was the man. When asked in 2016 to list down the five players of all time, instead of including Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, he mentioned Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldo and of course himself.
- Antonio Cassano:
The Italian has been a naughty player more than often and his comments compliment his style. He hasn’t shied away from admitting that he is addicted to sex and food and was quite vocal about his affair with a waiter in Madrid. He landed in trouble when he stated that he wished if there were no homosexuals with him in the Italian squad in the 2012 Euros. He was fined for this incident by UEFA.
- Gary Neville:
Neville has been very expressive about his opinions both as a player and now as a pundit. He was quite open and vocal that players don’t need agents or expressing his hate for Liverpool. He slammed David Luiz’s defending as if he was controlled by a 10 year old playing on a Play station. He recently slated Arsenal’s players for being “spineless” in their Carabao Cup final defeat against Manchester City.
- Paul Scholes:
Scholes was quite quiet as a player but very expressive as a pundit. He has been more critical about his former club Manchester United time and again. He criticized Louis Van Gaal’s style of play and was very clear that United needed a minimum of five to six players. He has been very critical of Jose Mourinho too and hasn’t refrained himself from slating some of the young United lads.
- Nicklas Bendtner:
Lord Bendtner has always had a swag about himself, explained in the best fashion in his interview in 2010 when he claimed himself as one of the best strikers in the world. He also went on to say that clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona would offer him more playing time when Arsenal didn’t. He truly has been an outspoken character over the years.
- Craig Bellamy:
The Welshman has played for a number of clubs but has been known to slate his own team more than often. He slammed his former club Coventry City after they were relegated, saying that the club and his teammates lacked intensity. He termed his Welsh team as “poor” after conceding twice against Finland. He also hit strongly at John Terry when his controversy with Wayne Bridge’s wife was exposed claiming that nature of Terry was known to everyone.