Rejoice! It looks like we all get another year of John Terry to enjoy, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho having revealed that the Blues skipper is set to sign a fresh contract to grace football pitches up and down England for at least another season.
The one-time England hero is, arguably, one of the game’s most divisive characters, with his ‘lay it all on the line’, heroic performances stereotypically the sort of style that wins British fans over, however Big JT is actually one of the most hated players around…
From his off-field antics (adultery and weeing in plant pots) to his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, there’s plenty not to like about Terry, but these five are potentially more unlikable…
He only plays when he wants a new contract, he’s had more clubs than a forgetful golf enthusiast and oozes the sort of lack of professionalism that would make even one-time Manchester City starlet Michael Johnson think about not eating that next pie, it’s of course Emanuel Adebayor. One of the few players to cross the north London divide, the Togolese striker really does divide opinion… between those who don’t like him, and those who despise him.
Biggest incident: Not a likable fella, but when he celebrated against Arsenal for Manchester City, he did get some grins from fans up and down the country.
A decent 2002 World Cup with surprise package Senegal earned Diouf a move to Liverpool, where he is now remembered more for his hate-inducing actions than his ability with the football. The forward was a poor addition for the Reds, but earned Premier League lifelines with Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland and was recently unemployed until Malaysian side Sabah stepped in to give him another chance.
Biggest incident: That ball of mucus he sent towards a Celtic fan at Parkhead. Awful.
Undoubtedly a magnificent talent, Luis Suarez really let himself down with his behaviour on the pitch. A reserved person away from the game by all accounts, the Uruguayan morphs into a diving, rule-bending, win at all costs monster on the turf, which, although effective, is far from attractive to football followers.
Biggest incident: The Ivanovic bite was pretty nasty, but his alleged racial abuse of Patrice Evra was unacceptable.
The one thing Cole has going for him is his desire to not be a public figure, but that doesn’t excuse some of the things he’s been accused of. Pop star Cheryl Cole was hurt by the love rat footy star, while he is believed to have been negotiating a big deal with Chelsea while still an Arsenal player.
Biggest incident: “When I heard Jonathan repeat the figure of £55,000,” wrote Ashley in his autobiography, “I nearly swerved off the road. ‘He is taking the piss Jonathan!’ I yelled down the phone. I was so incensed. I was trembling with anger. I couldn’t believe what I’d heard.” £55,000-per-week? How can anyone cope on such a meagre sum?!
Puncturing his philosophical, culturally rich persona on Twitter with antics such as slapping another player’s gentleman vegetables, Joey Barton really is an unlikable fella. He seems to have lost the snarling, scowling expression that became synonymous with his playing style early in his career in his latter years, but he’s still a controversy magnet.
Biggest moment: Stubbing out a lit cigar in the eye of a youth player while at Manchester City.