Ten Players Who Are Hated By Their Own Fans
A while back, we brought you a list of players who it was impossible to love, unless they played for your team.
But even some special bastards don’t even receive affection from their own fans, and that’s some acheivement.
Whether it’s because of an ill-timed interview, a refusal to leave behind a massive pay cheque or just for having an ego that far outweighs their talent, there’s a few kicking about.
With that in mind, we thought we’d put together a list of those players:
We kick off this compilation with one of the Premier League’s formerly most talented players.
Unfortunately, no amount of talent can save your own fans hating you.
Ever since the eve of the first leg of their Champions League clash with PSG, Hazard hasn’t been popular at Stamford Bridge.
That’s because rather stupidly, the Belgian winger did an interview with French TV, saying that he’d find it hard to resist an offer from the Parisians, should one come in the future.
Considering PSG were already being linked with a move for the former Lille man in the summer, this wasn’t a smart move from a man whose commitment had already been questioned this season.
Hazard was also allegedly one of the small group of players that wanted Jose Mourinho sacked, and he got his way in December.
Between Jose and Hazard, there’s only one winner in a popularity contest at Stamford Bridge.
OK, so it’s not just Manchester United fans that find the giant midfielder difficult to love.
The former Everton man’s tendancy to elbow, hack and cheat his way through his career doesn’t exactly endear him to the football world, and his huge pay cheque doesn’t do much to fight his corner.
He’s probably a lovely bloke off the field but on it, he’s not the most popular amongst his own fans.
It’s hard to find a Man United fan who would pick Fellaini in their first team, or to come up with a reason why he’s worth his £25m price tag.
Also, if Andy Tate hates him, then that’s reason enough for us.
It’s quickly becoming clear to us that Belgians aren’t the most popular players in the world.
Despite being the hipster team of the last few years, the Premier League’s Belgian contingent make up a large percentage of this list.
Mignolet is a dead cert.
Average at Sunderland and even worse at a bigger club, the 28-year-old isn’t good enough for Liverpool and everyone knows it.
He may pull off the odd brilliant save but he struggles with the bread and butter stuff, and the Capital One Cup final was a great example.
Saving Sergio Aguero’s one on one but then ballsing up Fernandinho’s opener, Mignolet’s errors have seen his own fans lose faith whenever they see him on the team sheet.
It’s all gone sour for big Per at Arsenal.
After signing in 2011, Gunners fans thought they had a cracking signing and for five years, they did.
The German international has amassed 104 caps for his country, and may go down as one of Arsene Wenger’s best signings – but lately, the fans at the Emirates have turned on the gentle giant.
That’s because his performances have gone down the pan pretty quickly, and many prefer the central defensive partnership of Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal supporters aren’t exactly known for their patience though, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Mertesacker regularly attracts the haters – especially in the Arsenal fan’s main domain, Twitter.
It’s fair to say Newcastle United have their fair share of problems to worry about, but Marveaux is one that’s been there longer than any of their previous two managers.
John Carver and Steve McClaren have both been in charge at St James Park and totally ignored the Frenchman, such as his unpopularity on Tyneside.
The fact he hasn’t played a minute of Premier League action this season goes a long way to justify the Geordies’ hatred of the lazy Frenchman.
He’s supposedly been injured for a large period of this term, but the fact that Marveaux earns around £50,000 per week is more of a reason for fans losing faith with the former Rennes man.
The 29-year-old has no desire to play for Newcastle and in return, the Toon Army have no plans to stop hating him.
Let’s be honest, we could have put any Aston Villa player in here and no one would complain.
But the biggest tit of the lot is probably Lescott, mainly thanks to his ill-timed tweets.
After losing 6-0 to Liverpool, Lescott’s Twitter account was updated to show a picture of a sports car that it would take a normal person a decade to save up for.
It was probably something the former Everton man was eyeing up for his collection, but the timing of it pissed Villa fans off no end.
If there was anyone left at Villa Park every Saturday, they wouldn’t be blamed for booing the 33-year-old.
Since breaking the world record transfer fee, life hasn’t been smooth in Madrid for Bale.
He’s struggled with injuries, been played in every position in the front four, and the Spanish press haven’t done anything to help him.
A constant question over his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo has had the Welshman fighting a losing battle since he arrived at the Bernabeu, and the fans have turned on him.
Last year, Bale’s car was attacked and scratched by angry Madrid fans after the El Clasico defeat to Barcelona.
Granted, Madrid fans have a tendancy for overreacting but that sums up Bale’s time in Spain.
The spoiled West Brom striker seems to constantly be sulking after failing to secure a move away from the Hawthorns in recent months.
During the summer, Berahino tweeted that he would never play for West Brom again, as long as Chairman Jeremy Peace was in charge.
Less than a month later, the wannabe England striker was back in action, but the damage was done.
Baggies fans have had enough of the Burundi-born front man, and will be happy when they get the £20m for him and spend it on players who want to play for the club.
Maybe it’s something to do with being called Marouane that gets you disliked by your own fans.
Or maybe it’s because you’re shite.
Chamakh hasn’t had the easiest time in England, having signed for Arsenal from Bordeaux back in 2010.
It was soon clear that the Moroccan wasn’t good enough for the Emirates, so they promptly shunted him to Crystal Palace in 2013.
Chamakh has since proved to be more of a danger to himself than the opposition’s goal, having netted just seven Premier League goals in almost three years and picking up countless injuries along the way.
The Spaniard ensures Arsenal do the double on this list, which is probably the only double they’re going to do anytime soon.
Arteta was once a decent player, but in recent years his body has broken down and his talent has diminished, leaving him out of his depth at the Emirates.
He’s made just one start this season and missed the rest of it through injury, despite signing a one-year extension to his contract last summer – something which made Arsenal fans kick off.
Arteta is probably a prime example of Arsene Wenger being too loyal to his players, even though they can’t offer anything to the team anymore.
That’s another thing that pisses Gunners fans off, and a reason why a lot of them have ran out of patience with the long serving Frenchman.