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Love to hate you: Top 10 most loathed players in world football

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1) Diego Costa: Defined by French sports daily L'Equipe as the epitome of a provocative player and famed for his short temper on the field of play, the Spanish international is no stranger to the 3 match ban!

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2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic: No-one can deny the Swedish players natural talent which saw him become top scorer at PSG. Question marks abound concerning the players humility with his arrogant swagger on the pitch guaranteed to wrangle rival supporters.

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3) Cristiano Ronaldo: For many the Portuguese striker is one of the best players in world football, for others he is an extreme egocentric surrounded by people who hang on his every word.

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4) Nigel De Jong: With a runners up medal at the 2010 World Cup with Holland, De Jong is the classic "hard man" and will be forever remembered for his tackle on Xabi Alonso in Johannesburg. The Dutchman produced another horror tackle in his time at LA Galaxy on Portland Timbers player Darlington Nagbe who was forced to leave the stadium in a wheelchair.

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5) Sergio Busquets has won the highest awards in the game with Spain and Barcelona but for many the Oscar award for "Best Actor" has passed the player by for his ability to con match officials and feign injury.

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6) Arjen Robben: No-one can deny the Dutch internationals immense skill as a mazy winger but the Bayern winger is also well known for his spectacular diving ability.

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7) John Terry: "Dirty" is how L'Equipe describe veteran defender John Terry who is adored by the Stamford Bridge faithful and loathed in equal measures by rival supporters.

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8) Mario Balotelli: Why Always Me? bore the famous t-shirt by the Italian striker during his time with Manchester City. Now finding his game again in Ligue 1, the striker has an art of making friends and enemies at every club.

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9) Emir Spahic. The Bosnian defender is well known for his ability to "get stuck in" and on occasion that means an excessive physical display which incenses rival fans.

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10) Luis Suarez fell out of favour with many football fans after his attempt to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 Brazil World Cup. An incident that will haunt the Uruguayan striker for the remainder of his playing days.

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