Here are five football players who do not refuse the dubious pleasures of life and rarely keep themselves out of trouble. Balotelli, C. Ronaldo, Ibrahimović, Rooney and Ribéry – celebrities in the spotlights, divine yet fallible. Our infographics make an attempt to show how they tend to get rid of the heightened stress of their lives.
Modern day idols with incomes beyond imagination. They are extremely popular with loads of money. However, they themselves can also be measured in terms of money because – let us face it – football stars are traded like plastic toy figures. What is the worth of a football player who has merits, but also scandals with intense media coverage? A tabloid gold mine, for we do not have to be fans to be willing to read about Cristiano Ronaldo's womanizing or Balotelli’s moments of madness; and, of course, about their latest sports cars. It is a different story, though, if you run over an Italian reporter with it like Ibrahimović did.
Nevertheless, for the 2,7 million fans it would have been a greater loss to move on without Mario when he burned down his house with fireworks. Ronaldo can be proud to have the largest number of FB followers, almost equaling the population of Italy, and two statues erected in his lifetime in Lisbon and Madrid. And once we are in Madrid, let us not forget about Maradona, whose name is linked not only to football, but unfortunately also to cocaine, compared to which Rooney’s consumption of cigarettes and alcohol could be excusable, simply a minor ordinary crime. The continuous cheating on his pregnant wife, however, provoked a great scandal. Bad guys seem to be attracted to bad girls, and it is not a matter of age either when it comes to the stubbly jewel of French football, the magical Ribéry.
Even though Ibra uses Taekwondo and Wazza is into boxing to get rid of stress, they can sometimes lose their tempers and act out rage on their teammates. They have been suspended numerous times… a reason why we keep cheering for them and follow their Facebook pages.