Famous Football Tantrums

Posted on September 26th, 2016

Some activities in life require a cool head. In fact, we can safely say that you must keep your calm if you want to achieve anything in life. Of course, there are times when remaining calm is an absolute necessity. Whenever there’s a health risk, or a risk of losing a lot of money, you simply need to stay focus and don’t let emotions get the best of you.

Let’s take casino gaming for example. It can be harmless fun, it can even be a way of earning some extra cash. However, if you lose your nerve and start chasing losses, you may end up losing huge amounts of money before you know it. That is why you need to choose a good casino and keep your focus throughout the gaming session. This useful guide for novices will help you choose a casino, but keeping your nerves is entirely up to you and your self-control.

Why Footballers Throw Tantrums

It is essential for football players to remain calm and focused. Unfortunately for some of them, that is not always the case. It is much easier to control yourself when you’re winning, the difficult part is to remain calm when things aren’t going well. There are numerous reason which can cause footballers to throw tantrums.

  • Losing an important match;
  • Conceding a silly goal;
  • Not being awarded a penalty;
  • An awarded penalty for the opponent;
  • Being sent off;
  • Being subbed;
  • A teammate not passing the ball in front of goal.

The above are some of the most common reasons for football tantrums. Whether a footballer will throw a tantrum depends on the situation, but perhaps, even more so on their character. We know full well that there are short-tempered footballers whose outbursts we have witnessed on multiple occasions. Those players are often on the receiving end of red cards, hefty fines and multiple match bans.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal vs. Spain 2010

He is perhaps the best player in the world right now and he has been at the very top in the last decade. His skills are magnificent and there’s nothing more exciting than watching him work wonders with the balls. He is, as BBC’s Paul Jewell put it – “brave as a lion, strong as an ox and quick as a lighting”. Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely one of the best ever and no person in their right mind would deny his qualities as a player.

On the other hand, if we look at Cristiano as a sportsman the account is not as clear. He is also known for his questionable behaviour towards teammates, opponents, referees and journalists. We’ve seen him diving on more than one occasion and he has been selfish and refused to pass the ball more than a fair share of times. We have also seen him thrown tantrums. He can be a bit of a drama queen and that judgement on him is fairly undisputed.


In 2010 Portugal met Spain in a friendly match. Ronaldo passed the ball at the middle of the pitch, ran up front to receive the ball again, dribbled six feet in front of goal, got rid of two opponents and then lobbed the keeper. It was a true work of art. However, Nani rushed towards goal and managed to touch the ball with his head just as it was on the way in. The assistant ref raised the flag as Nani was offside. Truly epic!

Mario Balotelli – LA Galaxy vs. Manchester City 2011

Balotelli is one of the most controversial players, and not just currently, but of all time. The number of incidents in which he has been involved is probably countless. Here are some of the most remarkable ones:

  • Showed up at Inter’s training ground in an AC Milan shirt;
  • Made his friends approach ladies in a club telling them – Balotelli will see you now;
  • Was stopped by the police carrying £25,000 in cash in his Maserati;
  • Threw darts at the youth team and was fined £300,000 for that;
  • Sent his house on fire using fireworks;
  • Started a fight with a strip club security after he was thrown.

And that is just a fraction of the things he had done. Back in 2011 Balotelli was playing for Manchester City and they were on a pre-season tour of the States. In the match against LA Galaxy Balotelli had a great chance in front of goal, but he chose to turn around and attempted to score a goal with his heel.


Needless to say, he missed and he was substituted. However, he wasn’t happy with this decision and he started arguing with coach Roberto Mancini angrily. After he assumed his position on the bench, he threw a bottle of water on the pitch. A year and a half later he got into a fight with his coach at the training ground.

Max Gradal – Leeds vs. Bristol Rovers in 2010

Max Gradal may not be one of the best footballers of our time, but he’ll certainly be remembered for the major tantrum that he threw in the final League 1 promotion game in 2010. Leeds eventually managed to win and gained promotion to the Championship.

In the first half of the match, Gradal had an incident with a Bristol Rovers player and was sent off. However, he refused to leave the pitch. Almost of all of his teammates had to hold him in order to prevent him from attacking the ref. He was arguing, complaining and probably cursing, until finally he decided to remove his shin pads in a vigorous manner before he left the pitch.

Paolo Di Caino – Arsenal vs. Sheffield Wednesday in 1998

Another controversial figure who has been linked to fascist ideology, Paolo Di Canio has been involved in more than few incidents in his long career. The one that we all remember is the time when he tried to punch the referee. The referee was able to pull back and avoid being hit by Di Canio, but the player received an 11-month ban nevertheless. Sheffield Wednesday sold him after the incident. 

Di Canio

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