Some football stars will make it easy to hate them. It doesn’t matter what these players do, you still do not like them. And then there are these players, that even the opposition will only manage to respect. Down is listed five footballers who make it hard to hate them.

5. Ngolo Kante

Ngolo Kante, humility itself, is almost every fan’s favorite. So many Reasons to love him. Mainly, he’s ridiculously hard-working; doesn’t chase fame; only has one hairstyle; basically came to nowhere and made a Leicester miracle possible. He is just… well, he is just Ngolo Kante.

4. Marcelo Vieira

Can we forget the pranks and all the crazy things he makes his teammates do, and just talk about the Brazilian enthusiasm? The way Marcelo plays the game, you can tell he loves it but is also extremely determined and motivated.

And this clip just epitomizes the Brazilian, celebrating blocking an Arjen Robben pass with a well-timed slide tackle almost as if his team had just scored a goal. Robben couldn’t help but laugh. You would need a stoned heart to hate Marcelo.

3. Franck Ribery

Ribery is known to be a very forthright and mischievous character, consistently pulling off wild and elaborate pranks on his teammates.

All of which just goes to show that a facial scar does nothing to diminish the image of a man who is dedicated to his craft and humble about his origins. Ribery is a certified star, scar or no scar!

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