Top five: Most controversial characters in football (1)

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In every generation there's always a collection of figures who try as they might simply can't stay away from the headlines for one reason or another.

Some play up for attention, some make the back pages due to their tactless, full-blooded comments and some were just born to lead controversial lives.

In an age where virtually everything that's said or done is recorded and reporters wait with baited breathe to jump on the slightest mishaps of certain players, it's virtually impossible for anything out of the ordinary to go unnoticed.

In the wake of yet another controversial act by the infamous Luis Suarez, we compile a list dedicated to the most 'out there' characters in football...

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Premier League
Joey Barton
Mario Balotelli
Luis Suarez

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