Football is generally a man’s game and when men compete, you must expect few bitter exchanges and sometimes blows. In some instances, players become bitter rivals with irreparable damages. Today, we take a closer look at some of these altercations and what exactly caused them. This is not a media-created rivalry like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. These players did not like each other at all.
See seven of the best in history below;
7. Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra
— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) June 6, 2015
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is a man who has never fully been free from controversy. In 2014 he was banned for 4 months and fined by FIFA for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during their World Cup group stage clash in Brazil.
In 2011, when he was playing for Liverpool, he was fined and banned for eight matches for calling former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra ‘Negrito’ several times when the two teams met at Anfield. The Uruguayan later claimed that the name is used in his country all the time and that it means a friend. He was later charged with yet another biting incident involving Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael van der Vaart
👑 Zlatan Ibrahimovic on an altercation with Rafael van der Vaart. pic.twitter.com/2oJSO1tnZb
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) October 12, 2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been a tough character on and off the pitch. However, one day he threatened to break Rafael Van der Vaart legs if he doesn’t shut up his mouth. The two were teammates at Ajax but when they faced each other in international level (Sweden vs Holland), Van der Vaart claimed the Big Swede had deliberately injured him. When they met again in Netherland, they had a quarrel that did not end well. They are still enemies as we speak according to close sources.
5. Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann
Oliver Kahn congratulates German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann after the FIFA World Cup 2006 QF match between Germany and Argentina. pic.twitter.com/CCru3jZ1Fc
— Football in 🐦 (@footballintw) February 9, 2017
Oliver Khan and Jens Lehmann were at the peak of their game at the same time. The two goalkeepers were in constant competition for a place in the German national team. They were both excellent although we can all agree Khan was too serious and Lehmann had dramas.
Oliver was always No.1 until few Months to 2006 World Cup when new boss Jurgen Klinsmann changed that arrangement to allow the two to compete. Things got worse when the former Arsenal man got the nod ahead of the Bayern Munich shot-stopper. Things got nasty between them. They mocked each other and according to close sources they still do it today.
4. Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira
Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira were great signings for Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.
They had some rivalry too! pic.twitter.com/Fjk41LTWaR
— Best Footy Transfers (@TheBestTransfer) March 16, 2018
Manchester United and Arsenal legends Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira were serious enemies on and off the pitch during their days in English Premier League. They both played at the center of the pitch as ball winners and tacklers and they were both very good at their positions.
Those days, both teams had big lads ready to compete at the highest level. Keane was not only a natural troublemaker but also a natural leader who could do anything to defend his teammate. In 2005, right in the tunnel before the match, Roy noticed a commotion at the back and rushed there only to find out that Gunners players were reportedly trying to bully Gary Neville. He exchanged blows with Vieira before teammates separated them. It was no business as usual when the two met on and off the pitch.