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10 Footballers Who Hated Football

Not everyone has a passion for the beautiful game.

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Winning the league, representing your country, scoring that all-important winning goal: One would assume that this is a dream for every player lucky enough to make a living out of football, but it turns out that it just isn't the case.

With Real Madrid star Gareth Bale recently stating that he prefers a quiet round of golf to playing in front of 80,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, it's becoming more common for players to admit that football isn't their primary passion in life.

I mean sure, the vast majority of professional footballers love the sport that has made many of them rich beyond their wildest dreams, but the feeling isn't entirely universal.

Strange as it may seem to superfans of the sport, many of the world's top players just happen to be incredible footballers and don't actually follow the game religiously. To them, football is like any other job. Well, any other job that can pay up to six figures a week that is...

Whether they became jaded and fell out of love with the beautiful game, or were just never that into it in the first place, these guys saw football as little more than their day job.

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