Every sporting activity across the world is obviously up in the air, Cheapgoals in this period will be dishing out series of articles dwelling on the private life of football players and what they do off-field.
Looking through a window, one would discover that apart from the attitudes and characters of football players on the pitch, there’re some concealed but interesting parts about the lives of football players off the field.
The humorous and witty characters of these players cannot thus be isolated when talking about football players who have had the opportunity to play the round leather game. Apparently, we have easy access to players of today via their social media accounts and can tell which is funny or not.
In this piece today, we would be examining some top players with a great sense of humor and facetious characters both on and off-field the pitch.
Mario Balotelli (Italy)
Mario is one player that tends to be isolated because of his on-field characters and crazy displays. But he’s definitely a funny player with some of his behaviors on and off the field.
On two different occasions, the Italian scored and brought out his iPhone to record videos with his team-mates. And talking of controversy, there is none better than Mario Balotelli. His funny quotes have brought about the controversy with the latest one being that he claimed to be the best player after Lionel Messi.
The “child-like” Balotelli claiming he doesn’t know who Wilshere is: “No, I don’t know him, but next time I play Arsenal, I will keep a close eye on him,” and “Perhaps I can show him my Golden Boy trophy and remind him that I won it.”
Balotelli and his “not so special quote”: “Mourinho is the best coach in the world, but as a man, he still needs to learn manners and respect”
I’m not a bad guy but I’m shy. Interviews are hard”
I don’t celebrate because I’m only doing my job.when a postman delivers the letter, does he celebrate?
There’s only one that is a little stronger than me: Messi. All others are behind me.
When someone calls me ugly, I go up to them, smile tenderly and hug them because I know life ain’t easy when you have a seeing disability.
They Didn’t get angry because I took my shirt off and got booked, they saw my physique and got jealous.
I am different- if you can find another like me, then I will buy you dinner!
I’m not a bad guy but I’m shy. Interviews are hard”
George Best (Northern Ireland)
During the days George, he was one witty player. He provided some pretty funny quotes for football. Here are some of them:
“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”
“I used to go missing a lot: Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.”
“If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pele.”
People say I slept with seven miss worlds, I didn’t. it was only four, I didn’t turn up for the other three.
I might go to Alcoholics Anonymous, but I think it would be difficult for me to remain anonymous
This Brazilian is another footballer who did say some amusing things during his playing days. One of his hilarious quotes was where he boasted to be a better player than Diego Maradona and while you put together his unique display on the field of play and his personality off the field, you’ve gotten funny player in Romario. We have some of his quoted below:
“There’s nothing I like more than football …except for sex.”
“The goalscorer always deserves some credit but not this time. The way I hit that, even my mother would have saved it.”
“I weigh 72kg, so what? Elephants are fat but when there’s a fire in the forest, no one beats them.”
My plane is leaving in an hour” 20 minutes into a match to Johan Cruyff, his manager at Barcelona. The two had an agreement Romário could take 2 days off partying in Rio if he scored two goals that match. A 5-0 against Real Madrid in 1993-94 La Liga season. He actually scored three goals.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
This list would definitely be incomplete if the former Manchester United striker is found wanting. Zlatan has been tagged as “Lord of Savage” by fans of the round leather game due to his incredible outrageous comments and jibes he throws constantly to some of his colleagues. He has a ready-made response to every question and criticism as well.
Below are some of his quotes:
“What [John] Carew does with a football, I can do with an orange.” This is in response to Carew’s suggestions that Ibrahimovic’s flicks and tricks were “pointless.”
A female reporter joked that Zlatan was gay due to a photo of him hugging Pique. ‘
He replied: Come to my house and you see if I’m gay and bring your sister.
After being asked by a reporter why there were scars on his face: Well, I don’t know.. You’ll have to ask your wife about that.
On life at Barcelona: The Barca players were like schoolboys, following the coach blindly, whereas I was used to asking “why should we”
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“When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari. If you drive a Ferrari you put premium petrol in the tank, you hit the motorway and you step on the gas. Guardiola filled up with diesel and took a spin in the countryside. He should have bought a Fiat.” – Don’t waste Zlatan.
If anything, the children of Paris should be giving me even more money for having the privilege of being in the same city as my incredible quality. And so should David Beckham. Call it a Zlaritable donation.
“When I was in my prime (28 years), I was playing in a European top club, at 28, you shouldn’t be scoring hat-tricks in MLS and be happy you’re doing well..”. In response to an interviewer when he was compared to Carlos Vela in the MLS.
Peter Crouch (England)
Peter is the funniest footballer in the world and arguably the undisputed king of social media – his tweets are always hilarious. Also, And not only on social media, It only took a response of one line from Peter Crouch to be considered one of the funniest men in football.
Crouch’s response when asked a question was epic and savagery which made him be rated amongst funny footballers.
Crouch was asked: “What would you be if you weren’t a footballer?” The then Spurs striker answered: “A virgin!“.
On Chelsea opting to sign Olivier Giroud instead of himself: “I’d go as far as to say they got themselves the division’s second best-looking target man.”
“I wouldn’t want to get my pigeon chest out in front of anyone. I don’t think the world needs it. I’d probably get a yellow card anyway.”
“I always wanted to be a footballer. Of course, I did. Not a basketball player, as I get asked on a daily basis, or a roofer who doesn’t need to use a ladder or a zookeeper who can talk to the giraffes face-to-face.”
“I don’t have any tattoos, but that’s mainly because none of my limbs are wide enough to support a visible image.”
I knew there were problems with decision making at FIFA when I didn’t make the Ballon d’Or shortlist
Another funny incident from Peter was when he took to Twitter to tweet a picture of himself and Giraffes and added a caption that writes, “Summer for me is about time with family“
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time
The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.
A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.
There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.
10. Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.
He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.
Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.
8. George Best
Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.
De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.
6. Johan Cruyff
One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.
Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.
4. Diego Maradona
Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.
Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.
Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.
The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.
Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.
Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.
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This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…