When fans, fanatics and stakeholders come together to watch the beautiful game of round leather game – football, they look out for different things. Some are on the lookout for deft touches and mesmerizing skills, others for new player discovery and yet, a third set, mostly ladies stick around to admire players with great physique, cute faces and, of course, six packs.
In this edition, City Pulse Nigeria serves you a special bouquet of 20 all-time ugliest footballers in the continent.
#20 El Hadji Diouf
Notoriously known for spitting on team mates and opposing players whenever he was pissed off, Diouf made our list of 20 ugliest players in the black continent. Until he retired from football, the entire career of the Senegal forward was miffed with controversies both at club and national team levels.
#19 Harrison Afful
Seriously, I don’t get it. Why most porcupine-hairstyled footballers often turn up ugly? As cool as he looks though, Harrison Aful is one attacking defender you don’t want to mess with. The Ghanaian plays for Columbus Crew in the MLS.
#18 Cheick Tiote
Cheick Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Unfortunatley, the Former Newcastle United midfielder reportedly slumped during training in China earlier this year.
Chelsea legendary forward, Didier Drogba, is no stranger to football fans across the globe. His exploits with the English champions in both local, Europe and continental competitions has singled him out as a world class footballer. However he has since discovered that permed hair and earrings are not the best way to cover one’s ugly nature.
#16 Gilles Binya
Former Benfica and Cotton Sports defensive midfielder was a member of Cameroon’s 2008 Africa Cup of Nations team that lost to eventual winner – Egypt at the final. His intimidating look sometimes gives people an impression that he could be either a thug or a hardcore rapper. He presently plays for Elazigspor in Turkey.
#15 Laryea Kingston
A Rigobert Song look-alike, Laryea Kingston cuts the image of a Jamaican Rastafarian. The Ghanaian often plays either as an attacking midfielder or a winger.
#14 Fatau Dauda
Ghana and Enyimba International goalkeeper, AbdulFatau Dauda is about the ugliest goalkeeper that made this category. That notwithstanding, his exploits on the field bellies whatever deficiency he suffers facially so much that he was voted 2008 goalkeeper of the year in Ghana.
#13 Benjani Nwaruwari
Until he retired in 2010, Benny as he is often called was a former Portsmouth, Auxerre and Manchester City striker. The dreadlock-wearing forward was the former captain of Zimbabwe national soccer team.
#12 Emmanuel Eboue
Former Arsenal right back is so ugly that fans in Turkey notoriously throw banana at him anytime he turns up for a match, Not taking away from him though, he is such a brilliant player and shows total commitment in every club he plays
#11 Afriyie Acquah
Yet another hideous spiked-hair player! Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah is a Ghanaian professional footballer playing as a midfielder for Serie A giant – Torino. He may be in great form, it does not detract from the fact that he is still ugly.
#10 Sulley Ali Muntari
Strong, aggressive and deadly with his trademark shots, Sulley Muntari is the generalissimo of Ghana’s midfield. The former Portsmouth and AC Milan player ranks high on list of Africa ugliest players. Although he has been in the eye of the storm recently over racial attack in Italian league, Muntari currently plies his trade with Pescara FC.
#9 Manuel Cange
To most football enthusiasts, 32-year-old Manuel Armindo Morais Cange, popularly known as Loco, would have fared well as a clown. His appearance at every match venue is usually greeted with curiosity especially by people seeing for the first time. In fact, a rival fan once teased that the Angolan looks like something from a horror film if the hair attachments resting on his forehead is anything to go by. Cange plays for Petro Athletico FC.
#8 Rigobert Song
Until his demise, whenever the indomitable lion – Rigobert Song – turned up for any match, he often looked like a character from one of those ‘Shinfu’ from a Shaolin Temple flick. His eerie look was enough to make any attacker want to avoid him long before his tackles came flying. He would be sorely missed by both his Cameroonian compatriots and the soccer world.
Former Arsenal player, Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi, otherwise known as Gervinho is Cote D’ivoire national team striker who currently plays for Hebei China Fortune. With his hair attachment and head band, he looks like any other fame-crazed soccer stars. Take these away and you will be shocked by his true look. Head band sure hides a whole lot of craps these days.
#6 Taribo West
Now a pastor, Taribo West caught the eyes of the world playing for Inter Milan and the Nigerian national team with a colourful dreads of blue-black-white and green-white-green respectively. He was a rock of Gibraltar and a nightmare for so many world class strikers.
#5 Mustapha Riga
The former Bolton Wanderers and Levante player is another Ghanaian star who has since fizzled out from the soccer scene. According to reports, the 35-year-old presently manages a second tier-club BA United. Riga’s name recently popped up some months ago following his arrest over alleged assault at a radio station in Ghana.
#4 Hameur Bouazza
Ex Fulham, Watford, Milwall and currently Red Star FC winger, Hameur Bouazza is an Algerian professional footballer. Soccer buffs have repeatedly teased that the 32-year-old midfielder’s face scares the living daylight out of opposing players than his attacking prowess.
#3 Taye Taiwo
Tall, sturdy and ugly, Taye Taiwo’s look stands him out of any 25-man team. However when you consider that his swashbuckling style of play has earned him accolades at the Under-20 world cup, Super Eagles and club levels, you would understand why Marseille was willingly to break the bank for him about a decade ago.
#2 Dominic Adiyiah
If clubs were to consider mien as first criterion before signing players, I am not sure Dominic Adiyiah would have come this far as player. However the industrious and blockbusting approach of the former 2009 Under-20 World Cup with Ghana Satellites attracted big clubs like AC Milan. He once outshone the likes of Dede Ayew, heir to the great Abedi Pele before fizzling out into oblivion.
#1 Aristide Bance:
Controversial Afro spiky-hairstyled striker and Bukina Faso forward, Aristide Bance, is like a cult hero in the country. He is loved for his 100 per cent commitment to the national team. The 32-year-old who plies his trade with Egyptian Al-Masry FC occupies our #1 position on the list of Africa all-time ugliest footballers. like it or not, he is also the toast of many ladies. Don’t ask me why?
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