When footballers are too honest: Danny Rose, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gary Cahill…

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Danny Rose has grabbed the headlines after imploring Tottenham not to sign players “you have to google” and admitting he will one day leave Spurs for a northern club.

Footballers are often criticised for not speaking their mind, but that certainly did not apply to Rose as he also told The Sun “I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I’m worth” regarding contract negotiations with the north Londoners.

The left-back’s interview has hardly gone down well the club’s supporters, but even in an age of media savvy footballers, Rose is not the first player to have made some brutally honest comments…

Darron Gibson

Already this summer there have been a number of instances of players telling fans exactly how the feel.

Gibson has been the most spectacular, telling Sunderland supporters while somewhat worse for wear: “We’re sh*t. Of course I’m bothered, I don’t want to be sh*t…There are too many people at the club who don’t give a f*ck.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Being one of the best two players in the world, and possibly of all time, has it’s drawbacks. Namely that your team-mates just aren’t likely to be as good as you.

Ronaldo certainly expressed that problem after third-place Real Madrid were beaten by city rivals Atletico Madrid in February 2016, saying: “If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders.”

Gary Cahill

Chelsea have faced plenty of questions regarding their squad depth, or lack of, this summer, and the difference between the Blues’ and Arsenal squads on the back of the Community Shield problem caught the eye of Cahill earlier this month.

“The back of the programme was interesting,” he deadpanned, chiming with the reported grievances of his manager, Antonio Conte.

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Mauro Icardi

Icardi has had a difficult relationship with Inter fans to say the least, with some of their ultras snatching his shirt and shorts which he was offering to a young supporter and throwing them back in the striker’s face.

The Argentina international responded in his controversial autobiography, writing: “How many are there [fans]? 50? 100? 200? Okay, I will bring over 100 criminals from Argentina and they will kill them on the spot. Then we’ll see.”

Okay, this one definitely oversteps the mark.

Joey Barton

In truth we could devote this whole article to Barton and his quotes – when they’re not Morrissey’s or Nietzsche’s – but instead we’ll just leave it at this one on his former Newcastle manager, Alan Shearer.

“I really don’t like that pr*ck, in fact I honestly despise him…I’d take it off Hansen and Lineker but not from that bell, same fella that stamped on Neil Lennon, then threatened FA if they banned him.”

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William Gallas

Gallas’ spell at Arsenal was rather turbulent, and things reached a crisis point in November 2008 when, as captain, he criticised the attitude of some of the club’s young players.

“We have to understand that to be champions, you have to play big matches every weekend and fight,” he said. “We are coming up against teams who are not scared to play football against us, who are not scared to take us on at our place, and this is becoming dangerous for Arsenal. We are not brave enough in battle. I think we need to be soldiers.”

A day later the defender was stripped of the captaincy.

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson’s reputation as boring precedes the manager, but as we were recently told be his former player Hannes Sigurdsson, he is anything but.

Our favourite story came as Sigurdsson was attracting interest while playing under Hodgson at Norwegian outfit Viking.

“I had offers from Stoke and some other clubs from England and Germany. Roy came to me again to try to talk me out of this. ‘It would be good for you to stay here with us,’ he said. ‘I would love you to stay.’

“But I wanted to leave, so I just looked at him and asked, ‘Boss, what would you do if you were me?’

“‘I’d fuck off,’ he said and started laughing. So that was that. I went to England.”

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Chris Turner

A classic from the former Peterborough manager, revealed what he said to his players before a League Cup tie.

“I’ve told the players we need to win so that I can have the cash to buy some new ones.”

Brede Hangeland & Emmanuel Adebayor

After retiring, Hangeland gave an interview in which he selected an XI of the laziest players he played with and against, with the highlight being this particular section on Adebayor.

“I played for Fulham and he played for Spurs. We were attacking and I was marking Adebayor in the midfield, suddenly he says ‘Ah, I’m hungry.’

“I replied, ‘What?’

“I can’t wait for the game to finish, I’m so hungry. Do you know a good restaurant in London, Hangeland?”


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Andy Cole

Despite an impressive partnership on the ptich, Cole infamously did not get on with fellow Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham, and pulled no punches in his autobiography.

“I was devastated when Teddy Sheringham signed for United because I couldn’t stand him.”

Mick McCarthy

We love McCarthy. There, we said it.

When asked whether some people might be frustrated by Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw at Leeds in 2014, McCarthy had a rather succinct answer: “Some people can f*ck off.”

And another big Mick special, after a Neil Collins own goal in the opening minute gifted Reading a 1-0 win at Wolves in January 2009: “It was a crap start to a game. There you have it, can you print all that?

“F**king rubbish, absolute tosh. Drivel. Sh*te. Bullsh*t. That’s what I thought of it. Did that help? I’m quite pleased, apart from the fact that’s given them the poxy result, I’m f**king livid about it – of course I am. So, there you have it.”

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