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Top 25 Most Undisciplined and Dirtiest Players in World Football

In professional sports, there are many great players and former stars who we admire and follow. We often try to emulate these figures whether it’s on the hockey rink, basketball court or baseball diamond. After all, how many of us have put on a #23 Bulls Jersey, #99 Oilers Jersey or #7 Broncos jersey and headed outside for a game with friends, full of pride in the number and name on our back. These greats are the icons of the sporting world and ones we look to when weighing the worthiness of new ‘greats’ who are arriving in the sporting world.

Alternatively, there are just as many figures who we have grown to despise because of their track-record of cheating, dangerous play, or poor attitude. These are athletes who are well known not necessarily for the good stuff they do but more so for the controversy or negativity they bring the sport, their team or themselves – they are as infamous as they are famous. These types of players are found in every sport and on every team and are often deemed dirty or undisciplined. Thanks to its worldwide popularity, one sport which has some of the best known players which fit this description is world football.

The following list looks at 25 of the best known players who were more than a little dirty or undisciplined – in some cases both. The list is in no particular order as in some cases it can be like comparing apples and oranges. One footballer may be a horrible tackler while another likes diving. One player may have a nasty temper which causes them to lash out uncontrollably at times while another may plan and premeditate their actions. One thing is for sure, these guys aren’t here for just one or two infractions. They all have reputations which were developed over many years and, in some cases, while they may have been ‘good’ for the last few seasons, their past actions were memorable enough to stick with them.

25 Emmanuel Eboue

via telegraph.co.uk

24 Ryan Shawcross

via zimbio.com

23 Dani Alves

via gossip.ladyarse.com

22 Lorik Cana

via skysports.com

21 El-Hadji Diouf

via scottishfootballforums.co.uk

20 Mark van Bommel

via theguardian.com

19 Nigel de Jong

via telegraph.co.uk

18 Paul Scholes

via goal.com

17 Javier Mascherano

via telegraph.co.uk

16 Cristiano Ronaldo

via planetsergi.blogspot.com

15 Didier Drogba

via telegraph.co.uk

14 Marco Materazzi

via news.bbc.co.uk

13 Vinnie Jones

via dailymail.co.uk

12 Sergio Busquets

via arbitblogs.wordpress.com

11 Sergio Ramos

via newslocker.com

10 Gennaro Gattuso

via memecreator.com

9 Pepe

Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

8 Lee Cattermole

via express.co.uk

7 Arjen Robben

via telegraph.co.uk

6 Patrick Vieira

via telegraph.co.uk

5 Roy Keane

via espn.co.uk

4 Joey Barton

via bbc.co.uk

3 Luis Suarez

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

2 Andoni Goikoetxea

via vavel.com

1 Kevin Muscat

via espn.go.com

“The most hated man in football” – That’s how one player in England summed up Kevin Muscat. The English-born Muscat played the majority of his career in the UK from 1996 to 2005. One look at his record and you could tell he was undisciplined. Yet, the 12 career red cards don’t tell the whole story. His record includes elbows, body checks, fighting, challenges from behind and altercations with managers on the sideline. Over his career he injured a number of players and seriously hurt Craig Bellamy and Chritsophe Dugarry. His return to Australia, where he started his senior career, in 2005 witnessed only more of the same aggressive and dangerous play and Muscat was suspended numerous times. He is generally considered one of the dirtiest players ever, so it’s fitting he finds himself sitting #1 on this list.

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