10 Football Players who cannot be hated
Being a footballer is one profession where you are bound to have a number of haters. Every move on and off the pitch is scrutinised by the media, pundits on television and fans on social media. It’s a tough job – not one for the faint-hearted – and takes a lot of willpower and determination to succeed in what is now essentially a cut-throat business where players sometimes overstep their boundaries to ensure their teams comes away with a win.
But at the other end of the spectrum, there are players who step onto the pitch, do their job and do what is most important – play the game with respect. These are the players fans love to watch and kids want to emulate when they grow up. They have earned so much respect and plaudits that even rival fans have no qualms about accepting the fact that they are a delight to watch.
#10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be a popular choice among some club’s fans (Hello, Serie A fans), there is no denying that he was always loved when he did play for those respective clubs. It was only after he left (and the manner in which he did) that there was a little bit of animosity.
With one-half of football fandom rallying behind Lionel Messi while the other lends their support to Cristiano Ronaldo, both factions are united in their respect of the Swedish striker and what he has accomplished wherever he has played. With a trophy room brimming with 11 league titles in four different countries, the nomadic striker is a serial winner of titles – save for the Champions League trophy.
But it is the ego and persona of the man which charms football fans worldwide – be it his quotes in the media or the outrageous goals he scores. The man continues to amaze one and all with skills that sometimes defy the laws of physics and biomechanics.