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Top 5 most temperamental footballers in the premier league

Monday 12th September 2016
Eric Cantona, Paolo Di Canio, Roy Keane, El Hadji Diouf, Joey Barton etc. These were some of the most controversial and temperamental footballers who constantly stirred up trouble in the premier league with their endless shenanigans. Today, some of such players still ply their trade in England's top tier football league.

Here are 5 of the most temperamental footballers in the English Premier League.

Diego Costa

Since his arrival from Spain in 2014, Diego Costa has constantly found himself on the receiving end of the British media due to the never ending ‘tantrums' he throws on the pitch every other day. But the Brazilian-born striker has a somewhat proven goal-scoring record. At Atletico, he scored 43 goals in 94 league appearances and currently at Chelsea he has scored 34 goals in 57 appearances for the Blues.

Costa's temperamental nature on the pitch is often described as the bane of his football.Wayne Rooney
I really do admire Wayne Rooney these days, most especially the way he controls his temper. The Wayne Rooney we used to know, was a guy who would go all out to do or say whatever came to mind, damning the consequences. The bookings, red cards, frequent outbursts (slapping a wrestler), and other tantrums associated with the English striker has since subsided.

Maybe he's all calm now because he's the captain for both club and country and has to lead by example. Whatever the case, there are few players who are as temperamental as Wayne Rooney in the premier league.

Dele Alli

Young, strong, fast, an eye for goal, talented but then, he has a fiery temper -that pretty much sums up Dele Alli as a player. Last season, Alli was one of the shining stars for Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs; however, flashes of his temperamental nature were not lost on us.

The most notable example was the incident where the youngster punched Claudio Yacob. The FA promptly suspended him. Later on, Alli was quoted by Mirror as saying:

“I have made a few mistakes with my temper, but I have learned from that.”

“The manager has spoken to me and I realize I can't do those kind of things and need to keep them (temper) under control.”

Gareth Barry

Every time he lines up for Everton, we see him as the perfect saint. An angel who can't hurt a fly, but yet again he does something and that perspective goes out the window. We have now come to the stark realization that Gareth Barry is truly a temperamental footballer. The numerous yellow cards and sending off, all give credence to this assertion.

On the premier league all-time most booked players chart, Barry sits comfortably atop with over 100 bookings.

On a brighter note for him, there are few defensive midfielders who put in as much effort as Barry. He's one heck of a workaholic, this man.

Lee Cattermole

If I were ever to crown Lee Cattermole with a title, I would crown him the ‘king of ill-timed tackles'. Lee Cattermole 28, is an all action British midfielder who plays for premier league side, Sunderland. On numerous occasions, we have seen Cattermole struggle to keep his temper in check as his cynical lunges have usually left referees with no choice but to brandish a card.

In the past two seasons alone, Lee Cattermole has picked up 22 bookings; on how he manages to avoid getting sent off; I simply cannot tell.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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