Eden Hazard kicking the Swansea ball boy is one of the most bizarre tales of the last 10 years, but that wasn’t the only case of pitchside youngsters getting too involved.
More often than not, a ball boy not returning the ball as is expected of them – quickly and perfectly – often causes frustration in footballers as they look to get on with the game.
That can cause spats, outbursts of rage and some amusing moments. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
With Hull’s coaching staff keeping the ball between them to waste time, one Wolves ball boy took matters into his own hands, much to the delight of the home support.
— Sunil Patel (@SunilPatel29) April 4, 2018
This ball boy at Bournemouth’s Dean Court wasn’t happy when Vertonghen tried to get the ball off him, throwing it at the defender and bouncing it away. But he got a good telling off for it.
Bournemouth ballboy gets told off 😂 pic.twitter.com/uhqzimk1kP
— James John (@JamesJohn2427) March 11, 2018
The most famous of ball boy clashes. Tom Victor got really into it.
The cheek of this in a Manchester derby…
The ball boy at Old Trafford can now justify a future vendetta against Kyle Walker. pic.twitter.com/o8YMsggpRg
— It's Round & It's White – Football News (@RoundAndWhite) January 4, 2018
At least everyone seemed to see the funny side of this one in 2010. This ball boy was a bit too eager to retrieve the ball, doing so before it had even gone out of play.
Muntari scored AC Milan’s wining goal in this match at Chievo Verona, but one of the home ball boys still didn’t want his shirt.
The fake throw. The shove. Classic.
Why always Spurs? This just takes the title ‘ball boy’ a bit too literally.
Consider yourself duped.
Does anyone know who the Everton Ball boy is? pic.twitter.com/IbVVPc3a9N
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) October 25, 2017
Wholly unnecessary, but downright bloody brilliant.
— Photos of Football (@photosofootball) April 11, 2015
There’s something a bit bizarre going on in this youngster’s mind.
Ball boy has some TEKKERS 😂 Dab + water bottle 🙈🍼💦 pic.twitter.com/Mroep7OlA8
— ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) October 11, 2017
Hart lived up to the stereotype of the Brit abroad at the 2014 World Cup, swearing at the locals.
He has a point though | Joe Hart: "Give me the f*cking ball"
— Dobo Bobo 🎗 (@Dobo_Bobo) September 7, 2016
The looming possibility of Shakhtar Donetsk getting knocked out of the Champions League on away goals by Roma obviously got to Ferreyra, who took it all out on this poor ball boy.
It’s a very harsh red card, but the ball boy has absolutely rinsed the former Sheffield United goalkeeper, here.
These players knew how to make their mark.
This will do your head in.
Featuring plenty of Razor Ruddock.
One of the World Cup’s most infamous matches.
Dean Ashton’s career was cruelly cut short.
Fair play to the Brazil fan dressed as a sticker.
This is outstanding.
Five penalties were given, but only three scored.
His free-kicks alone were worth the entrance fee.
Juan Carlos Valeron was a true footballing artist.