Friday 13th Special: Players You Love To Hate
With all things dark and dangerous on Friday 13th, we’ve gone through the most haunting Pro:Direct archives to give you the TOP 6 - ‘Players You Love to Hate’! We thought it would’ve been too easy to give you some horror shirt and boot combos in the past but at the end of the day we don’t stock shockers so we thought we’d give you some horror players you just loved to give stick too.
Remember, these are just the opinions from the lads and lasses in the office who travel up and down the country supporting their team. So, if you think we’ve missed a terror, let us know on Twitter: @ProD_Soccer
Right, let’s see the creeps and cleats on show...
First up, we have Mr. Antagonise, the sort of face that would appear out from the corner of a dark room; Diego Costa. Born in Lagarto, Brazil, the 30 year-old striker has one of the world’s biggest reputations for poking, pulling, picking, kicking and pushing players around non-stop for 90 minutes. The current Atletico Madrid striker spent 3 years in England playing for Chelsea where he became the leagues number one pantomime villain for a great number of naughties. One of the most famous altercations in Premier League history came at the hands of Arsenal centre-half, Gabriel Paulista, where Costa consistently teased and taunted the gooner until he couldn’t take it any longer and lashed out, clearly getting sent off… job done in Diego’s eyes. His then disloyalty to Brazil by changing alliances to the Spain national side, his swashbuckling villain identity, his theatrical nature and to top it off he’s looked 30 for the past 31 years. Yet, for all his flaws, Diego Costa is one-hell of a striker and goalscorer, perhaps somewhere he’ll end up. If you’re a little demon you can shop his look of adidas X 19.1 and all his Atletico Madrid kits online at prodirectsoccer.com.
Diego Costa: 9/10 Friday 13th Rating
Next up, it’s Mr. Happy himself, Roy Keane. Born and raised in Cork, Ireland, Keane has built a quite monumental reputation for being the angriest man on the planet, ran closely the Graeme Souness *Pogba*! Making a name for himself at Nottingham Forest as a box-to-box midfielder, Keane turned to the Manchester United FC in a quest to make them more successful than Liverpool FC. Under the wings of Alex Ferguson, he crashed, wacked, clumped and down-right destroyed any player that came his way, expect Patrick Viera who gave him a tough time… awkward. United captain at the time wore no nonsense Diadora boots which portrayed his playing style, seek and destroy. Since his retirement in 2006, Diadora have been a bit quiet but in the last few months have dropped some absolute beauties. Check them all out here.
Roy Keane: 7/10 Friday 13th Rating
Moving on, we see perhaps the best left-back of his generation, Ashley Cole. Seen by all Arsenal fans as the number one traitor, he switched his alliances from Arsenal as the up-and-coming star of the squad, to make his supposedly ‘big money move’ the Chelsea FC. Spending his Youth career with the gunners and been given the chance to show his qualities at Highbury, it was seen as one of the biggest Judas moves in Premier League history as he was found guilty of making contact with league rivals Chelsea over a possible move. Known amongst all Arsenal fans as “Cashley” for making the move across London for a much bigger wage packet. Cole started his career as an Adidas Predator and F50 player, but made the switch the Nike late on in his career with Nike Tiempo becoming his choice of boot.Ashley Cole: 6/10 Friday 13th Rating
Now, this one was a debatable one in the office, but Javier Mascherano has made the cut, at first you think why the Argentine destroyer? Well, the more you think about it he was an absolute terror on the field. Yet, as defensive midfielders go, he is renowned for being one of the best whilst spending time at Liverpool and Barcelona. But real football fans know there was a real dark side to his magic. In La Liga he was seen as a bit of a synchronised diver and play acting was his middle name, standing at an intimidating 5 ft 8 in’ tall he could wind up the biggest of players. Now plying his trade for Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League, Mascherano dons a pair of Nike Phantom VNM but unfortunately, we haven’t got stock of Chinese Super League teams… just yet! Wind up merchant personified.
Javier Mascherano: 6/10 Friday 13th Rating
Here he is, the curly headed....
Marouane Fellaini: 10/10 Friday 13th Rating
And finally, the one you’ve been waiting for, Sergio ‘I’ve got everyone on a string’ Ramos. Quite possibly the most vicious, infuriating, snide centre half that ever lived, yet, the Real Madrid capitano has scored over 100 career goals from centre-back and led the Spanish giants to 3 consecutive European cups in a row…. Just if you’re that good at kicking a ball and defending, why be such a monster? The good looks, charm and suave of the man is seen throughout the game but his on-field nastiness has got him on this ‘Players you love to hate’ list. At the moment Ramos has racked up 22 red cards which subsequently is a La Liga record!! And spare a thought for all Liverpool fans around the world after he clearly ruined Mohamed Salah in the 2017/18 Champions League Final by throwing him to the ground, then proceed to wink and smile at the bench when he does it. However, for all his discrepancies he’s a world class centre half that dons Nike Tiempo and the Real Madrid kit seems look half decent on him. Cop the Sergio Ramos look here at prodirectsoccer.com
Sergio Ramos: 8/10 Friday 13th Rating.
Right, there you go football fans, if you think there was a player that should’ve made the cut for a ‘Player you love to hate’ then let us know on our social channels. Cop tight, don’t let Suarez bite.