Football wouldn’t be football without a hardman. A no-nonsense brute of a player that isn’t so much a thug, but someone who just sums up the physical side of the game.

We’ve had plenty in the Premier League since its inception, while there have been several other high-profile ‘hot heads’ all across Europe.

But with hard men you sometimes get lunacy, which is what all five of the players below showed during their playing careers.

So without further ado, here’s FIVE of football’s most notorious hot heads…

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