Heroes are all well and good, but a league without a pantomime villain or two would be pretty boring.

Most of these players thrive off the hostility received from opposition supporters; the incessant boos and jeers merely encouraging them to play even better.

Just look at Cristiano Ronaldo, who does not feature on this list but could have qualified had he not changed his ways towards the end of his Manchester United tenure.

Known as one of the most prolific divers during his early years in English football, Ronaldo eventually concentrated solely on scoring goals and winning both team and individual honours, spurred on by being booed at every ground in the country.

Here are Premier League's top five villains.

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