Football is a game which runs high on adrenaline and emotions. The players, coaches, commentators, and football experts step on each other’s toes by making unwanted and unnecessary comments against each other from time to time. They sometimes insult each other to gain an upper hand, before or during a game (mind games).

5. Arrigo Sacchi on Steven Gerrard

Arrigo Sacchi is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. Sacchi has a reputation of being slightly arrogant and takes pot-shots at everyone.

When asked about Steven Gerrard, he said, “Lacks what I call knowing how to play football”. At the same time, he added, “Gerrard’s a great footballer, but not a great player”.

4. George Best on David Beckham

If you thought the earlier insult was not a nasty one, this one reaches another level. George Best is considered one of the greatest dribblers of all time. He and David Beckham were inducted into the FIFA 100 list of greatest living players in 2004. Both of them represented Manchester United in different eras.

Best was asked his opinion on David Beckham, and he replied by saying, “He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle, and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that, he’s all right”.

3. Sir Alex Ferguson on referee Alan Wiley

Talking about Manchester United, here is an insult on a referee by Alex Ferguson. Alan Wiley was a referee in a match between Sunderland and The Red Devils. Ferguson commented on his performance,

“The referee was not fit enough. The game demanded a referee who was fit. He’s not fit. You see referees abroad who are as fit as butcher’s dogs. He was taking 30 seconds to book a player then having a rest. Ridiculous”.

Wiley was so distressed that he considered quitting immediately. Ultimately he retired in 2010.

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