13 most arrogant footballers in the world
While some professional footballers made a name for themselves through their talent and sheer hard work, others are known for their tantrums and arrogance.
No doubt they have encountered many people throughout their career who have undermined them and put them down. Unfortunately, that attitude only creates arrogance and self-entitlement.
While being self-assured and confident are vital qualities for any professional athlete, fame may go to their heads, turning them into sport's divas.
Here are the 13 most arrogant and insolent professional footballers, who range from the delusional to the entertaining.
13. Wojciech Szczesny
The Arsenal goalkeeper's arrogance has caught up with him, much to the dismay of his fans. Szczesny is known for sharing his controversial views on social media.
In the past, he was benched for smoking in the shower, as well as losing two goals against Southhampton, due to bad judgment on his part.
12. Nicklas Bendtner
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Perhaps a tad bit too big for his boots – especially when his rather unimpressive career is taken into account – Bendtner claims that he is "one of the best," even "better than Zlatan."
He also butted heads with Emmanuel Adebayor when the latter claimed Bendtner showed absolutely no respect during a match.
11. Joey Barton
Barton has a long history of clashing with managers and teammates and believes that he is the best midfielder in England. Sadly, that statement is not backed up by his achievements.
He said: "The people in charge at the FA played football maybe 50 or 60 years ago and still think that we can win a World Cup in the same way we did in 1966. We English will play the next 50 World Cups, and we’ll never win one."
This level of arrogance could even be expected from some of the sports greats. However, Barton still has a long way to go.
10. Didier Drogba
Drogba is known for throwing tantrums about trivial matters and has even criticized his manager in the past. Drogba plays well, but unfortunately, he lets everyone know about it.
While he scored some impressive goals in his career, Drogba is not particularly like outside of Chelsea, particularly due to his constant threatens to leave the club.
9. Carlos Tevez
Tevez has in the past thrown tantrums when being substituted and threatened to move away from United at a time when his team needed him the most.
He thinks that he knows better than his managers, has refrained from showing up at training, despite being ordered to.
Tevez also believed that he should automatically get a spot on Argentina's national team.
8. Samir Nasri
Nasri admitted that he could be "an arrogant little jerk" and even has the nickname "The Terrible Child." His attitude stunted his career in more ways than one.
Nasri clashed with reporters six years and his attitude and arrogance cost him a place in the in the World Cup. When he left Arsenal for more money, Nasri said:
"Arsenal doesn’t have the same funds. They can’t make the same coups as before in the transfer market. They are rather forced to sell their best players and bet on young ones."
7. Ashley Cole
Cole left Arsenal after a dispute over wages and joined rivals Chelsea instead, which earned him the nickname "Cashley."
Apart from his self-entitlement, Cole also cheated on his wife, which further speaks to his character. He published a memoir in his mid-twenties, in which he referred to Cesc Fabregas as a "featherweight."
6. Arjen Robben
Robben is known for his controversial statements to the media, saying he would pick himself if he was the coach, and went as far to tell a coach to "shut up."
He has no respect for his managers, coaches or teammates, and comes across as extremely arrogant.
5. Antonio Cassano
Cassona has no regard for authority and made headlines when he told Luciano Spalletti:
"You’re not coaching those useless players you had at Udinese. This isn’t your house; it’s my house."
The footballer also claims to have slept with more than 600 women, including 20 celebrities, before he even reached his mid-twenties.
He also had a very public bust-up Capello after being left out of a practice match, and the pair have frequently told each other to "[expletive] off."
4. Francesco Totti
Totti doesn't shy away from embarrassing his opponents through lobs, fancy footwork and even spitting. Despite being a brilliant player, many fans have lost respect for the Roma legend.
Back in 2013, Totti didn't thank that Pavel Nedved deserved to win the Player of the Year Award, and told anybody who cared to listen that there are better players out there than Nedved.
3. Mario Balotelli
Known for his wild off-pitch antics, Balotelli famously butted heads with Robert Mancini, which cost him chances to forward his career.
Not only is he arrogant, but can also be immature at times, and likes to flaunt his wealth to the point of annoyance. His attitude has caused his career to nosedive in recent years.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
One of football's biggest divas – and also greatest players – Ronaldo has a cocky demeanor and loves to throw tantrums.
On another occasion, Ronaldo threw away a sponsored jersey and flexed his muscles in a full display of pride before a crowd.
That said, Ronaldo loves his fans and promised to "never reject an autograph, hug or photo," because just like his fans, he is also "a fan of football."
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic often refers to himself in the third person – many believe it to be a sign of narcissism – and turned his name into a verb. According to the PSG striker, "to Zlatan means to dominate something with extreme skill.
He once said: "Wenger asked me to have a trial at Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions."
On another occasion, he said a World Cup without him is not worth watching," and refused to buy his wife a birthday gift because "she already has a Zlatan."