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What would Twitter trolls say about these legends if they played today?

If Twitter was around when Zinedine Zidane played then he'd undoubtedly be called a fraud

If you want to know what the end of the world is going to feel like then just type a footballer’s name into Twitter on match day.

No matter how elite the player you’ll still find a faceless egg whose footballing career consists of being picked last in the playground calling them a ‘fraud’ or worse.

Just look at Paul Pogba, a 25-year-old who’s already got four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia trophies, an Italian Super Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League medal in his trophy cabinet.

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Yer Da still thinks Pogba needs to stop messing about with his hair if he wants to be a proper player

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Yer Da still thinks Pogba needs to stop messing about with his hair if he wants to be a proper player

We could also point to his FIFA Under-20 World Cup, 51 caps for France and countless individual awards including being named the 2014 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player, but we don’t want to bore you.

But were you, for some distorted reason, to gather all your footballing knowledge off Twitter then you’d think Pogba was a bigger chancer than Ali Dia.

So what would these Twitter trolls have to say about some of the most legendary players to take to the pitch?

Beware, Twitter trolls are known to operate in this area

Beware, Twitter trolls are known to operate in this area

Zinedine Zidane

On 7 May 2006 Zidane announced his plans to retire, putting an end to one of the most iconic careers of all time.

Zidane brought a touch of ballet to everything he did on the pitch whether playing for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid or France.

He also scored the best goal to grace a Champions League final.

But none of that would have been good enough to please ‘AlderSHOTTA’ because he only deals in plain hard stats.



Madrid have just finished runners-up to Barcelona following a turbulent 2004/05 season.

Ronaldo ends the campaign with 24 goals in all competitions, on the back of 31 goals the season before and 30 the season before that.

But ‘BarcaReligionONly’ has seen through Ronaldo’s fraudulent ability, and it has nothing to do with the fact he’s a massive Barcelona fan (who used to support Man United).

He puts forward a strong argument as to why Ronaldo is, frankly, not very good, and blocks anyone who tries to argue with him.


Juan Roman Riquelme

Riquelme, widely acknowledged as the last of the great no.10s, has just missed the penalty that would have sent Villarreal through to the Champions League final at the expense of Arsenal.

Rather than appreciate the fact Riquelme had the minerals to step up and take the penalty, BanterBboy uses it as a chance to get a retweet or none.

Surprise, surprise, his Sunday League team has an incredibly original name.


David Beckham

Thank Christian Fuchs Twitter wasn’t around when David Beckham got sent off against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

The nonsense that would have been sprouted left, right and centre would have been too much to handle.

Here’s a fairly vanilla version, although we’re sure there would have been much worse.


Roy Keane

Keane was the type of angry bastard you’d hate to play against in Sunday League.

Expect he was also an exceptionally talented passer of the ball who played in the heart of one of the best United sides ever.

Still, ‘GymBoi4x’ could take him.


Luis Figo

Not every troll comes from a place of hate.

Some people just genuinely think they’ve got what it takes to be an elite football coach.

If only life had panned out differently, hey?


Michael Owen

Every now and then even trolls get it right by accident.

Owen was one of those players who came into the game when social media meant nothing and left it when the Twittersphere was fully up and running.

His decision to go into punditry and remain there shows that he’s not too bothered about what Twitter has to say about him.

Probably for the best.



Like the CR7 v GOAT debate, you can’t be a fan of both Diego Maradona and Pele.

It’s strictly one or the other.

We’ll let you work out which side of the line this guy is on.


Now, we’d never like to endorse the blatantly biased views of ‘Maradonaista’.

But we’re just going to leave this goal that Pele ‘definitely’ scored back in the day.

Make your own minds up.