Here’s a list of our favourite footballer hissy fits of all time.
You won’t see any displays of overtly manly behaviour here. Extra points are given for extreme childlike displays of frustration.
5. Mido vs Senegal (2006)
Former Spurs midfielder Mido showed much promise since making his debut at White Hart Lane back in 2005 scoring a double against Portsmouth. Whilst his skills on the pitch at times where quite majestic, his people skills left a lot to be desired. Here’s the much maligned forward playing for his national side Egypt in their African Nations’ Cup semi-final against Senegal in 2006. With the game on tenterhooks at 1-1 Egypt coach Shehata makes a team decision and brings off Mido. The player goes on to express a hissy fit that registers on the Richter scale.
Quite brilliantly as soon as he goes off Egypt go up the other end and score.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Spain (2010)
Unlike other members of this list it’s actually quite easy to empathize with this Cristiano Ronaldo clip. Playing in a International Friendly against Spain, Ronaldo can be seen taking the ball and spinning a Spanish defender before launcing the most beautiful of lobs over the stranded Casillas. The Portuguese captain, thinking he’s added another truly great goal to his collection, looks on in horror as old friend Nani pops up in an off-side position to nod in the already goal bound ball into the net.
Ronaldo’s body language is priceless. He’s right to be aggrieved but it’s still very funny.
3. William Gallas vs Birmingham (2009)
There was a time when defender’s couldn’t come more dependable than William Gallas, with the Frenchman proving pivotable in Mourinho’s early success at Chelsea. How quickly his reputation sank after this incident whilst playing for Arsenal away to Birmingham.
After James McFadden converted a last minute penalty to make it 2-2 and effectively ended Arsenal’s title hopes, Gallas threw one of the greatest ‘it’s my ball so no one’s playing’ style sulks ever seen on a professional football pitch. Watch as the centre-half simply sits down near half-way line in a heap with added tears streaming down his face.
Not only that Gallas was in fact the captain of his side…Awkward.
2. Max Gradal vs Bristol Rovers (2010)
A true meltdown from former Leeds player Max Gradel playing in his sides last game of the 2009/10 season against Bristol Rovers. After getting the marching orders for violent conduct Gradel, incensed by the referee’s decision, point blankly refuses to leave the pitch. Fellow team mates look on in utter disbelief (and confusion) as the Ivorian stomps around trying to get in the referee’s face before strangely removing his shin-pads in an attempt to express his defiance.
1. Temuri Ketsbaia vs Bolton (1998)
Scoring a goal in a Premier League is a feeling only the most privileged and talented of us can ever experience. When former Newcastle and Georgian international Temuri Ketsbaia scores his sides last minute winner against Bolton at St James’ Park, emotions are too much for the midfielder to even describe….or anyone for that matter.
What happens to Temuri can only be compared to what it must be like to change into a Werewolf.