Over the years, players and fans often get involved in heated standoffs which can degenerate into the fans expressing their displeasure by booing the player during football matches. While some players handle being booed very well, others tend to lash out at the fans. This article will focus on 6 players who were booed by their fans.
1. Gareth Bale:
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Gareth Bale was exceptional during his days at Tottenham, however, he had endured a mixed performance in Real Madrid. Whereas he scored two goals in a Champions League match against Liverpool, there was a period Bale endured months of underwhelming performances for Real Madrid. As we all know, Real Madrid fans don't have patience with underperforming players. During a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona, Bale was substituted in the 61st minute, and Real Madrid fans booed him as he was leaving the field. Real Madrid also lost the match 1-0.
2. Rio Ferdinand:
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Ferdinand was very popular for Manchester United during his career. The fans loved him because of his dedication to the team. However, Ferdinand did not always find life easy at Manchester United. It is hard to believe, but Manchester United fans booed Ferdinand during a preseason match. Ferdinand was negotiating a new deal with Manchester United and he was stalling despite being offered a £100,000 deal by Manchester United. Things got heated when Ferdinand was spotted meeting with Peter Kenyon, the chief executive to Chelsea. The fans taught that Ferdinand was negotiating a deal with Chelsea so they booed him during a preseason match.
3. Fernando Torres:
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Fernando Torres was exceptional for Liverpool FC before his move to Chelsea for a fee believed to be in the region of £50 million. After switching to Chelsea, a lot was expected of Torres. However, as time went on, Torres found it difficult to replicate the same splendid performance he had with Liverpool. Torres failed to score as many goals as Chelsea fans were expecting and as such, the fans gradually became frustrated with Torres. On Torres' 100th appearance, the fans booed him. The match was between Chelsea and Swansea, and Chelsea fans relentlessly booed Torres. When Torres was substituted and Dem ba was brought in, Chelsea fans celebrated Torres being substituted.
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Jorginho is currently in the greatest form of his life, however, things were not always great for Jorginho at Chelsea. There was a time when Chelsea were not Jorginho doing well in the Premier League and Jorginho was constantly blamed for always performing below the required level expected of him. He was accused of only knowing how to give sideways passes and back passes. During a Europa League match between Chelsea and Malmo, Jorginho was booed by Chelsea fans while he was substituting Ross Barkley.
5. Emmanuel Eboue:
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Emmanuel Eboue's booing incident was one of the most intense booing incidents you will ever come across because his performance in the match was greatly affected. Arsenal fans booed Emmanuel Eboue during a Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan in 2008. Arsenal was leading Wigan 1-0 when Wenger decided to bring in Eboue for the last 10 minutes of the match. Eboue was horrible in the match as he tackled his teammates and also gave the ball away on two occasions. After 9 minutes on the pitch, Wenger decided that it was best to substitute Eboue before his mistakes leads to a goal. As Eboue made his way out of the pitch, he was booed by Arsenal fans.
6. Joleon Lescott:
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No football fan ever wants to see his favorite club's best player join another club because of financial gains. Fans are most likely going to boo such a player. Lescott was the fan's favorite during his time at Everton. However, things changed between Lescott and Everton fans when Lescott tried to force a move to Manchester City in 2009. Everton fans booed Lescott in a Premier League match that took place in Goodison Park. Luckily for Lescott, he managed to push his way out of Everton after joining Manchester City.
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