The Football family is discussing the Ballon d’Or award today. Real Madrid star Luka Modric has ended 10-year dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, there are questions as to whether he really deserved it. In the same breath, football has changed a lot in the last two decades. The modern game does not boast of top hard men like the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Today, players are soft and referees are quick to silence tough players. We want to look at the most famous football Bullies in recent history.
6. Pepe- Real Madrid/ Beşiktaş (Portugal)
📷 Throwback: Pepe & Messi pic.twitter.com/n5m5pzifV0
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) October 13, 2018
Portugal defender who currently plays for Turkish side Beşiktaş is still one of the most feared footballers today. The central defender earned a bad reputation during his time at Real Madrid, especially during Jose Mourinho reign. He once stamped on Lionel Messi hand, kicked a player on the floor and head-butted Thomas Muller in the World Cup 2014. There are so many occasions he got sent off for terrible offenses.
5. Joey Barton- Manchester City/Burnley (England)
Joey Barton will become the new manager of Fleetwood Town this summer.
He'll start one day after his ban for betting ends.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 18, 2018
The only man who cannot miss such a list is Joey Barton. The former Manchester City midfielder decided to pick on Ousmane Dabo and as you would expect, Barton came out on top. Dabo was seriously disfigured forcing the management to rush him to the hospital and call the police. The English midfielder was later taken to court and charged. He pleaded guilty and was fined £3000 together with a four-month suspended prison sentence.
– Stubbed a cigarette out in a youth player’s eye.
– ABH on Ousmane Dabo.
– Punching Morten Gamst Pederson in the stomach.
– Assaulting 3 City players on final day of 11/12 season.
– Horrific Gambler…….
– Tries to take high ground on Jamie Carragher.
— Jake Collinson (@SAFCJC91) March 12, 2018
We all remember his fight against Sergio Aguero on deadline day in 2012 that almost made his side QPR get relegated. He retired to become Fleetwood Coach after FA banned him for 18 months for betting.
4. Terry Butcher- Ipswich Town (England)
England's captain Terry Butcher drenched in blood after the World Cup Qualifier match against Sweden, 1989. pic.twitter.com/nc8bI2LkII
— Lost In History (@HistoryToLearn) September 23, 2017
Former England Captain Terry Butcher is still a mile ahead of others when it comes to leading from the front. He played for Ipswich Town, Rangers, Coventry and Sunderland in the 70s and 80s. The famous defender once played on despite a serious cut on his head. He finished the match despite serious bleeding that made his shirt turn red.