Sports is the 3rd biggest industry in the world. From Soccer to Basketball and from Cricket to Baseball a number of sports have earned great popularity in the world.
When we talk in detail about it there are several heroes and several villains and we will be discussing the top sports villains.
Top Sports Villains in History
6. Zinedine Zidane
Next on top sports villains, The famous Zinedine Zidane was an Algeriean born French Footballer who is considered as the greatest football players ever played. He played for several major clubs like Real Madrid etc. and till his retirement he was in attention of every club of the world. Zidane was once one of the most expensive players in the football fraternity and his skill and talent both led him reach the highest ranks in the footballing world. Zidane helped France win the 1998 football world cup. France again reached the final of World Cup in 2006 against Italy which it lost. Zidane has attached a famous incident of this game to himself. Italians were extremely rugged in playing and the score was 1-1 and the match was near to its closure. Italians by nature are aggressive in nature it came out as Materezzi an Italian Player used some abusive language for Zidane just to demoralize him and Zidane got extremely angry. He out of now where struck Materezzi with his head so hard that he fell a meter away on the ground almost half fainted. When the referee saw this he quickly gave the RED card to Zidane which was the most unfortunate way of ending his career since he was playing his last world cup and international match. After this incident France were a man down and were defeated on Penalties against Italy. Zidan who was once a hero became a villain for the people of France on that day and due to that specific incident he is on the list of the top villains in sports.
5. Mohammed Asif
Next on top sports villains, Mohammed Asif the Pakistan International fast bowler was one of the greatest swing bowler Pakistan has ever produced. He had a natural ability to swing with an old cricket ball both ways and troubled all time great batsmen. He also was a major player who was involved in the famous spot fixing scandal in 2010 when Pakistan were touring England. He along with Mohammed Amir and Salman Butt were banned by International Cricket Council’s Anti Corruption Unit from playing cricket. Mohammed Asif was banned from playing for 7 years and also served jail sentence for some time in England. He truly was another Villain in the history of the greatest game that Pakistanis follow.
4. Salman Butt
Salman Butt the International Cricketer of Pakistan and former Test cricket captain was an extremely talented batsman who had made his name as a consistent Pakistan Batsman. He was also involved in the spot fixing scandal on Pakistan tour of England in 2010. He was considered as the main culprit who planned this spot fixing with other players. He was banned for a period of 10 years by ICC and detention in British prison for some time. He also was a great villain for Pakistan Cricket team as his banishment from the game struck them big and gave the team a huge dent in their performance. That is a reason he is on this list of top sports villains.
3. Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens is known as one of the most aggressive and dangerous top sports villains. He ranks on number 3 in our list because of his breadth-taking performance which was against Dallas Cowboys. During this match he slammed the ball down on their famous star logo. This was merely the start of his magic which was again witnessed two years later, in the Monday Night Football where he took out a pen from his sock and signed the ball which he had just caught for a touchdown. These properties are borne by a true star.
2. Mohammed Amir
Mohammed Amir got his fame as a fast bowler in cricket playing for Pakistan. He was claimed to be the best talent ever found in Pakistan after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. He held the record of being the youngest bowler in the history of the game to reach a milestones of 50 wickets. He reached to his ultimate when Pakistan cricket team toured England. This was also the tour which helped him to come on this list i.e. the villain of the game. He was caught doing Spot Fixing during a sting operation done by the famous newspaper The News of the World. He bowled some no-balls at the designated points and ultimately sentenced a ban of 5 years and 6 months of imprisonment in British jails. He was a great talent and recently he has been allowed to play first class games for Pakistan to help them to accommodate him again.
1. Luis Suarez
Suarez the Argentinian International is one true sensation of the game. Currently he is playing for one of the wealthiest clubs of the world i.e. Barcelona in the La Liga. His several performances have helped his international as well as his club to victory. He is also known for his controversial personality in the game. His way of carrying himself while on field is greatly absurd.
He has a tendency of biting players of other teams in critical situations during the match. This event came into the headlines when he repeated this act in the last year’s football world cup in Brazil. He has done this act several times during his club career and he got caught by FIFA this time and was banned for a number of games which costed him and his team heavily. Several memes were created by fans which claimed him as a vampire or a Dracula who has a desire of drinking blood. He also got a chance of coming onto the promotion of snikers a famous chocolate brand. His Controversial personality has made him one of the best villains of the game.