5 Bad Boys of Football To Watch Out For During The World Cup

by
Sameera Ehteram
The time for the much anticipated FIFA World Cup 2014 is finally here. From June 12 to July 13, some of the world’s best football teams will be pitched against each other. But while the competition wages, here are 5 baddies to look out for.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez has all the capability to lead his country to a World Cup win this year. But despite his hold on his game, he will always be remembered as the player who tried to bite off Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as this guy’s issues and controversies are concerned. From being charged for racial discrimination to being suspended for no less than seven matches, the Hannibal of Ajax has had a streak of controversies.

Pepe

Born Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, Pepe is a professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid in La Liga and the Portuguese national team, mainly as a central defender.

He may be an ace at his game, but he is also the one to stamp on FC Barcelona's superstar Lionel Messi’s hand.

In 2009 Pepe was suspended for 10 matches by the Committee Competition for his violent acts, like kicking Javier Casquero, punching Juan Albin and also verbally abusing the officials as he was taken off the pitch.
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Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

With his withering stare and not-a-care-in-the-world swagger, Italian player Balotelli is a walking controversy. He signed for the club in the summer of 2010 and by the spring of 2011 had already been sent off twice, crashed  his car, famously back-heeled wide when through on goal and had a firework set alight in his bathroom in the early hours of the morning.

Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets

Do not be fooled by this innocent, boyish face. Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is a lot of trouble.

For a quick insight, just watch this:

The video shows Pepe of Real Madrid lying on the ground after a flashpoint at the Bernabeu following Lionel Messi’s first goal and our man Busquets walking all over his face.

One can’t say if it was deliberate but there is very little trust for the man who seems to be a magnet for controversies. In 2011 he was also hit with racism charges for allegedly calling Brazil’s Marcelo a "monkey."

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Diego Costa

Diego Costa

It was doubtful that Costa would even make it to the World Cup. His decision to play for Spain rather than Brazil did not win him a lot of love at home. When the 25-year-old was granted Spanish nationality, his popularity level plummeted.

Not unlike other gifted players, Costa is as controversial as he is talented. His personality can perhaps be best described in the words of The Guardian’s Sid Lowe who wrote an aptly titled piece, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Cotsa

“Diego Costa says that he never takes his work home with him. Which is probably a good thing. If he did, the Atlético Madrid striker might walk through the door, goad the dog with a stick, surreptitiously elbow his wife out of the way on the stairs, shrug his shoulders innocently as she lay in a crumpled heap at the bottom and whisper insults to his children, look the other way and whistle when they burst into tears,” he said.

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