The results of our series of polls looking at the modern footballer are in and they don’t make great reading for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez or Chelsea’s John Terry, but Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has plenty to be pleased about.

We conducted five polls to try and gain a better picture of the modern footballer and garner fans’ views towards today’s professionals, asking supporters who the most hated and likeable players in the Premier League are, as well as who has the biggest ego.

In addition to this, we looked at why players are liked or disliked and what the most important trait in a footballer is – talent or loyalty, which drew some very interesting results, as more than 12,000 fans voted across the five polls.

In the vote that no-one wanted to win, Luis Suarez ‘beat’ John Terry to the award of the most hated player in the Premier League, with Terry’s Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole in a distant third.

At the other end of the spectrum, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta was voted the most likeable player, with his north London rival, Tottenham goalkeeper, Brad Friedel in second.

Maverick Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was voted the Premier League player with the biggest ego, with new Chelsea star Eden Hazard pipping QPR’s Adel Taarabt into second place.

Perhaps the most revealing result saw talent come on top ahead of loyalty in the trait supporters see as being most important, while it was a dead heat between money and a lack of loyalty in reasons for the modern footballer being unlikeable.

Here is a summary of the results…

Who is the most hated player in the Premier League?
1: Luis Suarez – 42%
2: John Terry – 32%
3: Ashley Cole – 9%

Who is the most likeable player in the Premier League?
1: Mikel Arteta – 27%
2: Brad Friedel – 15%
3: Other – 14%

Who has the biggest ego in the Premier League?
1: Mario Balotelli – 38%
2: Eden Hazard – 21%
3: Adel Taarabt – 21%

What’s the most important trait you look for in a footballer?
1: Talent – 40%
2: Loyalty – 32%
3: Passion – 23%

What makes the modern day footballer so unlikeable?
1=: Money – 36%
1=: Lack of loyalty – 36%
3: Ego – 22%


  • Morri
    3 years ago

    I am beginning to think the media is the most racial body in the country the keep dragging Squarez name into it all the time. It would appear its not to bad if a Englishman does something but when it’s a foreigner like Suarez then the media crucify him.

  • Poul
    3 years ago

    Well Morri – Terry got 32% and Cole got 9% – 41% in total against 42% to Suarez so I think the englishmen is disliked as well. The reason for Suarez being top is simple – he is the type you want to crucify – and rightly so – is there anything positiv to say about that fellow – the sooner he disappear from the PL the better for all

      3 years ago

      I’m sure you would reflect very differently if he played for YOUR club !

      you my friend are the RACIST

      • Art
        3 years ago

        dont be silly, Suarez is a lying, complaining, play acting despicable cheat.

        i would be embarrassed to have him anywhere near my club and am happy to call out any players at my club, or any if they are behaving like poor excuses for human beings and terrible role models for the young fans.

  • Joe
    3 years ago

    I don’t understand where the idea of Hazard having a big ego comes from; I saw a similar poll the other day with similar results. He keeps his head down, works hard, and puts in his shift defensively. His style of play may be flashy, but he does not seek attention in the same way that say, Balotelli or Ferdinand do. More media lies no doubt… 😉

    • Matt Read
      3 years ago

      Hey Joe, when I read the poll, I completely thought the same. Hazard is confident but I don’t think he has an ego. What I like about Hazard, (and it is early stages)is that he has the ability to back his ‘ego’. Whereas, players such as Balotelli and Taarabt talk a big game but actually supply very little.

      • Mick
        3 years ago

        I think it is probably because of the way he reportedly touted himself around the big clubs to get the fattest wage packet when he was available for transfer.