10 teammates who couldn't stand the sight of each other
1. Emlyn Hughes vs Tommy Smith (Liverpool)
When Ron Harris took out Hughes in a game at Anfield, Smith told him: “I could get to like you"
‘Crazy Horse’ Hughes took the captaincy off ‘Iron Man’ Smith in 1973 when the latter fell out with Bill Shankly. "It was my club," Smith later recalled. "I'd been there a damn sight longer than him. Everything in my life was football, especially Liverpool, so why should I let this two-faced little so-and-so spoil my football life?”
Both were consummate professionals on the pitch, however, able to put aside their personal dislike of each other – although when Ron Harris took Hughes out in a game at Anfield, Smith told him: “I could get to like you.”
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Rafael Van der Vaart (Ajax)
If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs
The Ajax teammates locked horns in an international friendly between Sweden and the Netherlands in 2004, when Van der Vaart held Ibrahimovic responsible for the ankle injury he sustained.
"I didn’t injure you on purpose and you know that," Ibra retorted. "And if you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs – and that time it will be on purpose.” Charming.
3. Teddy Sheringham vs Andy Cole (Manchester United/England)
He actively snubbed me, for no reason I was ever aware of then or since
"I walked onto the pitch, 60,000 or so watching," Cole recalled of his England debut against Uruguay in 1995. "Sheringham is coming off. I expect a brief handshake, a 'Good luck, Coley', something. I'm ready to shake. He snubs me. He actively snubs me, for no reason I was ever aware of then or since."
From that moment on the pair never said a word to one another off the pitch, despite a decent chemistry on it. As Gary Pallister once remarked to Cole: "I know you don't speak to Teddy and he doesn't speak to you, but at least you play well together." Just count the medals, lads.
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