When it comes to the FIFA World Cup, fans can expect to find all sorts of flashbacks where some are good, some are bad and some may be the worst. It is a stage where legends are made but the event also has villains who collapsed under the pressure of the battle.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona is the greatest example of a footballer who has seen both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows during this tournament. From being the savoir of his team in 1986 and 1990, in 1994 he was sent home for dead-ending. The football community was left stunned by his fall from grace and the team had to bear the effect of the dispute as they lost to Romania in their Round of 16 combat.
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A similar incident happened in the final of the 2006 World Cup and that time, the villain was France’s Zinedine Zidane. The conflict against Italy was supposed to be his grand farewell, but his anger got the better of him.
Dutch defender Frank Rijkaard and German striker Rudi Voller are on-field brawls, but the duo was involved in one of the ugliest match in the tournament’s era. Bribes were blowing during their match in the 1990 World Cup and when Rijkaard was booked for a foul, he reacted by spitting at the back of the Voller’s head.
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The players are not the ones who have been responsible for incidents that brought embarrassment to the event. Occasionally, the situations are out of their control and the matches have huge allegations on matters far away from the field.