16 times footballers got it wrong: Dunn, Welbeck, Nani, Van Persie…

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We often think of footballers as superheroes, capable of things we can only dream of – but Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea players have all proved they can be just as rubbish as us too.

One of the best examples in the Premier League came in a match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa. Undeterred by the tension of the fierce derby, David Dunn attempted a rabona, miss-kicked the ball and fell flat on his face.

The former England midfielder later told The Guardian: “My little boy will have it on a Christmas blooper video somewhere, I’m sure, but the biggest blow is that I could have retired if I’d got royalties for every time it’s shown.”

Since it’s Dunn’s birthday, we thought we’d make him feel a bit better and recall a few more instances of when footballers embarrassed themselves.

But there’s only one place to start…

David Dunn

Robin Van Persie

Danny Welbeck

Wahbi Khazri


Mario Balotelli

Jamie Pollock

Lee Dixon

Luke Varney

Michael Brown & Danny Pugh

Steve Stone

Middlesbrough’s defending 2017-18

Gary Cahill

Roberto Soldado

Iago Aspas

Cheltenham Town

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