Since its inception back in 1992, the Premier League has seen its fair share of world class footballers, gracing pitches up and down the country. However, while many of them have been technically gifted, the attitudes and personalities of the others have been very much at the opposite end of the spectrum.
In 2009 a poll by Premier League fans stated the 10 players who were the most hated in the league. Here we go with the countdown:
10. Kevin Davies – Although many can argue that Davies does perform his role as a physical attacker well, grabbing a number of goals for Bolton that have made many suggest that the former Southampton striker should be part of Fabio Capello’s England side, his physicality at times borders on almost assault and has left many defenders feeling his presence at the end of a game, most notably former Middlesbrough defender Emnauel Pogatetz who endured a horrific tackle at the hands of Davies some seasons ago.
9. Emmanuel Adebayor – Following his move to Manchester City last season, Adebayor has become not only hated by many fans throught the Premier League, the Togo striker has also now become public enemy number one at the Emirates. His actions after his goal for City against former club Arsenal demonstrate the player’s arrogance and lack of respect for his former employers, underpinning why he is despised by many across the country.
8. Rio Ferdinand – Whether it’s his actions on the football pitch or his TV exploits in recent years, the Manchester United defender is a player who has never really been endeared by fans both for club and country. Missing a drugs test 2003 resulted in the player receiving an 8 month ban and while this player likes to keep in touch with his fans through his regular tweets, Ferdinand will have a hard time winning over those who have hated him from day one.
7. Gary Neville – Although Gary Neville has never particularly done anything to make himself hated, the Manchester United defenders perceived stupidity at times has made him a constant thorn in many fans sides. This view is further enhanced through the constant show of man love the player showed to long time friend David Beckham during their time together at Old Trafford and although Neville has been a good servant for United, it seems that it will only be fans of the Red Devils who will remember the former England international’s playing career with fondness.
6. Didier Drogba – When it comes to pure attacking talent, nobody can argue that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is one of the best strikers to ever lace up his boots in the Premier League. However, the players outspoken and at times childish behaviour while on the field is very much an annoyance to everyone.