Craig Bellamy is one of the best players Wales have produced in their history, an almost deadly striker who possesses great pace but has a personality most disagreeable. Over his career run-ins with Bellamy have become part of the deal when in the vicinity with the Welsh virtuoso, so much so, I wonder who would even want to share a dressing room with the man.
Beginning his career at Norwich City, he has played for more clubs than Christian Vieri… not quite, but he isn’t far behind. West Ham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Celtic are among the clubs who have experienced that Bellamy charm. Scoring less then a goal every three games, I wonder who would even want to sign such a troublesome player. I would rather smack him than sign him, a point of view I’m certainly not alone in having.
To cement his status as a grade A – insert profanity here – Bellamy has been involved in a number of incidents.
In 2002, he was cautioned by the police for hitting a woman in a nightclub. For me one of the most despicable acts a man can commit. He has been charged with racially aggravated harassment outside a nightclub however he was later acquitted.
His time at Newcastle was anything but uneventful, he threw a chair at assistant manager John Carver, called Graeme Souness a liar, something he was fined £80,000 for and reportedly text club captain Alan Shearer “Your legs are gone. You’re too old. You’re too slow,” and, “You couldn’t even kiss my a**e.” What a great guy to know.
In 2007 while at Liverpool, the team were in Portugal at a training camp and Bellamy seeming took offence at John Arne Riise’s refusal to sing karaoke, the pair squared off against each other and it seemed after a number of shared expletives all was well. Not to be outdone, Bellamy proceeded to arm himself with a golf club found Riise and began to attack the Norwegian.
His list is long and even this season he slapped a Manchester United fan during the derby match. If ever possible I would like to return the favour.
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