The most controversial footballers ever

Mario Balotelli
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Footballers are human beings like the rest of us, and while we shouldn't expect them to never make mistakes on or off the pitch... they do.

But the following  went above and beyond in their courting of trouble. Here are the most controversial footballers of all time.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).