Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa gained his reputation as one of dirtiest players in the Premier League in the recent years.
The controversial Atletico Madrid star Costa, who spent three seasons at Chelsea, involved in many incidents that resulted in the three-match ban on two occasions.
But there have been some standpoints over the years. With that, here’s who we believe represent the five dirtiest players in Premier League history.
Here's Scott Parker's infamous tackle on Joe Cole on a continuous loop. pic.twitter.com/G65yZB6aAE
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The English midfielder has collected 86 yellow cards during his time in Premier League with Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham since 2013.
Despite being noted for his modest, calm and rational temperament; Parker has put in some dangerous challenges over the years and most fans would agree that he is one of the dirtiest of the Premier League era.
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Signed by Arsenal from Inter Milan, The former Roy Keane nemesis Patrick Vieira was one of the Premier League’s bad boys who captained their team.
Despite lifting three league titles- one unbeaten, Vieira is the only skipper in Premier League to earn two yellow cards in the same match on six occasions and he was shown two straight red cards. During his career, he was a player who loved a tackle and lived for a confrontation with the opponents especially Manchester United’s Roy Keane.
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Former Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies has committed and suffered more fouls than any other player in the Premier League history.
He played for several clubs during his 22-season career including Southampton, Bolton Blackburn Rovers in Premier League and he was known as a dirty player through most of his playing time.