In honour of April Fools’ Day, we take a look at five of the best footballing pranks.
The game of football has long drawn a number of comical figures, whether intentional or otherwise, but sometimes a player really excels in the humour stakes.
Rather than keeping their pranks private, many have been relived - even filmed - for the benefit of the public. From Rio Ferdinand having his own TV show prior to the 2006 World Cup to show off him making fun of his teammates, to Gazza privately filming the well known ‘bucket of water’ trick, a number of escapades are now well known.
As well as being a great football player, it is Gazza who is also the biggest trickster in recent memory. It was part of his charm as a player that he seemed so normal alongside his incredible skill, and two of this top five feature the former Tottenham and Newcastle man.
And so, to honour April Fools' Day, we take a look at the top five football pranks.
Gazza’s bucket of water prank
Rio Ferdinand messes with Gary Neville
Mario Balotelli and the kippers
No video for this one, but a well known story as the striker returned to training after Manchester City’s summer tour. Well known as something of a misfit himself, the Italian international had to suffer the pranks of his teammates, as he returned to his car to find that a holdall of kippers had been left in there during the break.
Gazza and the kettle
Rangers’ signing superstar
A club playing a prank on its fans tops off this month, as Rangers reportedly agreed a deal to sign Greek superstar Yardis Alpolfo in the 2002-03 season. Whilst the official club website reported the deal, and fans got excited about the prospect of the £10 million man, it was the more astute fans who realised that Alpolfo’s name was actually an anagram for April Fools’ Day.