The typical team of the most arrogant players in football

Football is an incredibly elitist sphere where the law of the strongest reigns. While some players shine with their simplicity despite success and idol status, others have made arrogance their trademark.

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois, man of the Champions League final. / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

His arrogance is matched only by his seum. It’s hard to blame him after a Champions League campaign where he sickened everyone.

« I saw many tweets about me saying I was going to be humbled tonight, but it was the other way around, entrusted the wall of Real Madrid after the coronation in the Champions League.

I needed to win a final for my career, for all the hard work, to put respect on my name, because I think I don’t have enough respect, especially in England. »

Belgium v ​​Portugal - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16

Thomas Meunier during Euro 2021 with Belgium. / Isosport/MB Media/GettyImages

After France, Belgium is the second most represented country in this XI. Logical, even if the seum is not necessarily synonymous with arrogance (we promise we’ll stop with this joke).

Former resident of PSG, the career of Thomas Meunier has been more marked by his punchlines than his exploits on the green square. « Sometimes you also have to have this arrogant or self-confident side that the French have for example and show off »he justified in an interview with the Belgian media South Info.

Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte, Premier League champion with Manchester City. / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Hurt at being constantly ignored by Didier Deschamps, the Manchester City defender turned to Spain to pursue his international career.

A decision which brought its share of controversies and definitively stuck the label of boulard to him. « It still bothers people. You’ll never please everyone and you can’t love everyone either »he argued on the sidelines of the Euro.

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique on the ground. An image that is too recurrent for Barça supporters. / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Listening to him, we are dealing with one of the best defenders of this century. Looking at him in recent seasons, we are witnessing the decline of an overrated player throughout his career.

From trophies gleaned with Barça to the success of his company Kosmos, via Shakira, the Spaniard sees his empire gradually crumble.


The famous chambering of Layvin Kurzawa against Sweden in 2014 with the U21s. / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/GettyImages

This is certainly the image that we will retain of his career. During an epic match between the Espoirs and Sweden U21 in 2014, Layvin Kurzawa restored the advantage to the Bleuets and allowed himself to give John Guidetti a military salute.

A few minutes later, the Swedish striker definitively endorses the victory of his family and gives the best definition of the expression « the watered sprinkler ». A karma of rare power and a great lesson in humility for the PSG player.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s talent is matched only by his arrogance. / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

A player with infinite talent, Paul Pogba also shines with an atypical personality that some interpret as arrogance. Despite his eccentric haircuts and his celebrations worthy of a TikTok video, the Frenchman is nonetheless endearing.

Well, the recent release of his documentary « The Pogmentary » still shows an oversized melon.

Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot against Croatia in the Nations League. / James Williamson-AMA/GettyImages

If arrogance was hereditary, Adrien and Véronique Rabiot would be the main subjects of study.

In truth, Adrien is surely a victim of the media outings of his mother and agent, especially on the eve of his departure from PSG: « Adrian is a prisoner, she threw. He is even a hostage of the PSG. Soon it will be dry bread, water and the dungeon! This environment is cruel… A footballer is made to play, not to stay in the closet. »

Noah Lang

Noah Lang, nugget of Club Brugge. /BSR Agency/GettyImages

« I heated up Belgian football. I’m telling you: when I’m gone, Belgium will miss me, he assured last June in the columns of Het Laatste Nieuws. I gave colors to your football. Next season you will cry for there to be a Noa Lang again in the Jupiler Pro League. »

The new enfant terrible of football has not yet left Club Brugge, but to listen to him he is the future star of the round ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, self-confidence embodied. / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Between arrogance and unwavering self-confidence, there is only one step that Cristiano Ronaldo willingly takes. Top scorer in the history of football with more than 800 goals, hard to blame him.

« I like people whistling at me, I like seeing the hate in their eyes, hearing their insults. It doesn’t bother me. I only feel bad when I play badly, luckily that rarely happens. »

– Cristiano Ronaldo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, cigar in his mouth after the coronation of AC Milan in Serie A. / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

« I arrived like a king, I leave like a legend ». This statement from the Swedish giant on the eve of leaving PSG is just a tiny example of his legendary arrogance.

Beyond a phenomenal career, where he established himself as one of the best of his generation, Zlatan will leave behind him an indelible legacy.

Galatasaray v Adana Demirspor - Turkish Super Lig

Mario Balotelli now plays for Adana Demirspor in the Turkish Super Lig. / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

« Of all those who have already received this award, only one player is slightly better to me: Lionel Messi. All the others are behind me »declared in 2010 to Tuttosport a young Mario Balotelli about the Ballon d’Or.

The beginnings of a career where the Italian has never lived up to his shattering punchlines or his escapades off the pitch.

Jose Mourinho

José Mourinho after winning the UEFA Europa Conference League. / Silvia Lore/GettyImages

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