Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday have had their fair share of stroppy footballers.
Top Corner (@HITCtopcorner) May 13, 2015
Today is Yaya Toure’s birthday, and who could forget the mistake Manchester City made last year.
As the Premier League giants forgot to present him with a birthday cake, the Ivorian legend stropped publicly about it, and that seemed to be the end of a career at the Etihad, with his form this year not matching up to his old self.
Yet, Toure is not the only player to publicly strop when things have not gone his way, and although he is the only player annoyed about his birthday, we take a look at five more players who have become crybabies when things have not gone their way.
Mario Balotelli - Manchester City
Teammate of Toure, and even more of a petulant child, Balotelli did not take too kindly to being substituted in a pre-season game immedialty after trying an audacious piece of skill. Roberto Martinez hauled him off the field of play, and the Italian striker took to shouting at his manager on the sidelines.
Didier Drogba - Chelsea
A Champions League exit in 2009 saw the Blues legend shout abuse in front of the Sky Sports cameras, having seen his team fall to a defeat to Barcelona, despite the referee turning down FOUR penalty appeals. It was a deserved torrent of abuse, but one that shows up Drogba’s rather ‘sore loser’ attitude.
William Gallas - Arsenal
Captaining the Gunners, Gallas took a rather stroppy approach when Birmingham City were awarded a penalty in a 2-2 draw in 2008. The Blues netted the equaliser from that penalty in the 94th minute, and Gallas walked into the opposition half, stood alone, and kicked the advertising hoardings to show his frustration.
Carlos Tevez - Manchester City
Another City star, Tevez did not show annoyance at being subbed off, like Balotelli, he just refused to play in the first place. In a Champions League tie in 2012, City were losing 2-0 at half-time, but the Argentine striker refused to come on, and he was subsequently banished to his homeland.
Paolo Di Canio - Sheffield Wednesday
A physical outburst by the rather temperamental Italian, Di Canio was banned for 11 months after shoving referee Paul Alcock over, having been sent off after his involvement in a mass brawl. Di Canio was wrong to push the ref, but Alcock certainly made a meal of the contact, tumbling over backwards in almost comical fashion.