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8 Footballers Who Proved Everybody Wrong

From golden shower to Golden Balls.

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Based on five-a-side knockarounds with colleagues, sports writers are a very rich bunch indeed when it comes to levelling criticism against infinitely superior pros.

Yes, it's true you don't have to have been a horse to become a jockey, and footballers at the highest level earn the sort of wages that make a certain degree of scrutiny understandable and even acceptable, but exactly what right do men and women who can only read the game if printed in black and white have to be profferring pointers? Being able to spell 'catenaccio' doesn't make you a master at it.

Of course, this line of thought drifts dangerously close to 'you never played the game, show us your medals' territory, but there's a certain weight to it. Luckily for footballers, the words of journalists are permanent. Over time, maligned players usually have the chance to make them eat shredded newspaper, such that 'proving the doubters wrong' ranks up amongst the key motivators in the sport, just alongside scoring against a former club.

It's a bit of a precarious line to suggest us writers don't know what we're talking about, then. But, as these examples prove: we don't know what we're talking about.

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Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.