Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, John Terry and other unbearably big egos in football

An ego is not necessarily a bad thing in football. Brian Clough had one, Sir Alex Ferguson had one, and almost every great player who has ever played the game has had one.

However, sometimes those egos go a bit too far, as Paul Pogba has shown in his new one pogmentar Documentary.

However, the Frenchman is certainly not the only one sporting an ego so large it generates its own gravity, as the list below shows.

Paul Pogba

What’s even more self-centered than having a documentary filmed about yourself? Change the word “Documentary” to include your own name.

What’s even more self-centered than having a documentary made about yourself and changing the world of documentary to include your own name? Not to mention the trophies your team won while you were there, but also one of your own rare man-of-the-match achievements.

what is
even more egocentric than doing all that? Describing an offer of £300,000 a week as ‘nothing’ and thinking it’s so normal you don’t even hesitate to include it in what’s being said

Paul Pogba, ladies and gentlemen.

John Terry

You can’t help but admire what John Terry has achieved in football, but yourself
Yes, really can’t help but make fun of it
how he made it

Terry’s entire gaming career has been one odd display of ego after another. When he changed into a full outfit, including shin guards, to lift the Champions League trophy in a game he didn’t even play in, we thought his weird ego antics had peaked.

It was clear he just couldn’t allow the celebrations to take place without making it appear like he’d been part of the finale – as if he hoped the memory would fade but the images would remain.

In his last appearance for Chelsea, John Terry took the ego scale to a whole new level by stopping a real Premier League game in the 26th minute (his squad number), having the players post a guard of honor and applauding him off the pitch . Again in the middle of the game.

Even now, long after his playing career is over, his ego couldn’t stand Rio Ferdinand
only That placed him fifth on his list of all-time Premier League defenders and he had to start tweeting stats to show he should be number one. Remarkable.

Ashley Cole

“When I heard my agent repeat the £55,000 figure [per week], I almost ran off the road. “He takes the p***,!” I yelled into the phone. I was shaking with anger.” Just let that sink in.

A man gets an offer of £55,000 a week and that’s enough to make him shiver with anger.

To be fair, Ashley Cole was a brilliant full-back. He was as complete as they come. Well, maybe not completely, because he lacked a great deal of humility.

You can say he had every right to expect what he was worth at the time, and you’d be right. To be reduced to physical displays of anger only However, being offered mega money instead of super duper duper mega money is all ego.

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane isn’t exactly a name that immediately springs to mind when you think of ego footballers, but then you look at his back.

Inexplicably, Sane has an entire back tattoo of himself. He has his actual face permanently drawn on himself.

You’d think that was as bad as it gets, right? You would be wrong.

The image he got tattooed on his back shows him scoring during his Manchester City days – in a Champions League game they lost.

Mario Balotelli

Marion Balotelli Man City Man Utd 6-1 Oct11

If you wanted to be friendly, you would call Mario Balotelli “an enigma”. If you want to be a little more direct, you would say that Balotelli made a career out of not fulfilling his own ego.

“There is only one who is a bit stronger than me: Messi,” Balotelli said shortly after his move to Manchester City. “Everyone else is behind me.”

He certainly did well at Man City and before that at Inter Milan. After that, he did well at AC Milan. You know who has never done well? Lionel Messi.

As Balotelli looked for a way out of Milan, the size of his ego literally stopped Napoli from signing him.

“He would have problems in any team,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis told reporters. “He has to solve problems with his ego.”

Balotelli instead went to Liverpool where he was terrible. Even that didn’t hurt his ego, of course.

Currently in Turkish Super Lig Adana Demirspor.

Allan Saint Maximin

“In terms of quality, I think I can do it.” This is Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle talking about the Ballon d’Or in case you were wondering. From Newcastle. newcastle

Newcastle United's Allan Saint-Maximin (right) and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jonny Castro Otto

Why, you might ask, has he not progressed further in his career than a Premier League midfield team? He has an answer for that, too: It’s the limitations of other players that keep him from being great.

“Those who have played with me know very well that I have nothing to envy to Sadio Mane in terms of sheer quality.

“The day I have a player capable of finishing the (assists), I’m going to have 10-15 assist seasons and I’m going to change the minds of people.”

Of course Saint-Maximin is a very talented player, nobody denies that. However, if he worries about a deadweight holding him back, it’s his ego, not his teammates.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates at the end of the Serie A soccer match

Where do we even start here? We could probably churn out a 1,000-word feature simply listing all the quotes attributed to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in which he openly and proudly states his ego.

“I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am” is probably a good place to start here. Or how about the following little exchange with the press in the run-up to a World Cup playoff in 2014?

Zlatan: “Only God knows who will make it through.”

Reporter: “It’s hard to ask him.”

Zlatan: “You talk to him.”

I don’t think we need to say more here. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a footballer with a big ego – he is a big ego who plays football.

Paul Ince

As far as there are reasons for being seen as selfish by others, giving yourself a nickname is absolutely Exhibit A.

“He liked to think he was the Guv’nor,” Steve Bruce recalled of Ince’s arrival at Manchester United.

“He had to be called Guv’nor even when he first walked through the door. I was just like, ‘Who is this cocky little thing from West Ham?’”

Ince himself denies it. He says it stems from snooker banter which spread into target practice after arriving at Man Utd and coach Bryan Kidd gave him the nickname. We will think that anyone will believe the Story ‘Exhibit B’.

The final word on this arguably came from Jamie Redknapp, who played with Ince for Liverpool and England, saying: “He said he never liked it but it was on his license plate.”

Many other people had other names for Paul Ince as well. “The damn bottler and the ‘big Charlie’ were just two offered by Sir Alex Ferguson, for example.

Regardless, I think it’s fair to say the Reading manager has far more ego than he ever had talent – and he was a very talented player.

Jose Mourinho

Speaking of nicknames, we can’t ignore “the special” himself, Jose Mourinho. Though in fairness he denies it.

He claims his words were misinterpreted by the press and ‘lost in translation’ on the day he was unveiled as Chelsea manager. He insists he said he was
a special, not
the special.

Either way, you won’t find many people denying that Mourinho has one of the biggest egos in football. It is central to all of his behavior. It might even be central to his success.

The real revelation of his ego is how eager – unwilling – he always was to open an open dispute with another manager. It wasn’t Sir Alex Ferguson-style mind games, it was a straight “I’m better than you, so shut up”.

You could say the most damning proof of that is that Mourinho has proven to be the best ever to manage players with huge egos, so obviously he knows a bit about having one.


Not to say too precisely, Neymar has always been a selfish, spoiled little brat.

While playing for Santos in 2010, he threw a tantrum when he was not allowed to take a penalty against Atletico Goianiense as a teenager after missing his previous two. He had to be restrained by a linesman and threw a bottle of water on the ground in disgust.

After the game he quarreled with Marcel, the striker who was allowed to take the penalty, and was banned for two games by his own club.

He continued this behavior at PSG, a club where he rightly thought he should be paid more by Barcelona than Lionel Messi, where he attempted to steal a penalty from Edinson Cavani.

But to be fair, even if none of this happened and he had the same haircuts, he would have made this list.

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