Some footballers are loved, others divide opinion, while others are universally disliked.

Here are five footballers who fall into the latter category...

5. Sergio Busquets 

Simulation remains a very pertinent issue at the elite level of football, but there are those certain bastions of the "art" that keep it alive and thriving more than any others.

It's certain that Sergio Busquets falls into that category, which is slightly ironic considering the Spaniard plays in a box-to-box role not as frequently associated with diving as other positions.

He seems to forget that the public eye is always upon him and is judged for his antics which he commonly performs.

4. John Terry

John Terry has been regarded as something of a villain in the English game for a number of years now after a number of controversial incidents.

In 2012 he was found guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

3. El Hadji Diouf

The past decade has seen the Senegalese journeyman lambasted for spitting at opposition fans and players, allegedly making racist comments towards ball boys, diving and drink-driving.

These a a collection of an image that shouldn't have been created from the ex Bolton and Liverpool man.

2. Joey Barton

It could be criticising Sir Alex Ferguson's ability as a coach or simply criticising Roy Hodgson's England a little vigorously, but the former Manchester City and Newcastle bad boy is never likely to shirk his outspoken ways.

At least expressing his views over social media is a step down from the antics that saw Barton become renowned for controversy earlier in his career, when he served 74 days in jail for an assault he handed out in Liverpool.

The actions in the 'biggest game of Manchester City's history' will also be unforgotten for the QPR central midfielder, sparking even more controversy.

1. Luis Suarez

The other form of trouble linked with Suarez's mouth is more verbal, an eight-match ban and £40,000 fine being earned for the alleged racial abuse of Manchester United's Patrice Evra in 2011.

Elsewhere, the South American has also used his appendages to court trouble, maliciously handballing in the 2010 World Cup while on duty with Uruguay, an offence that would eventually see Ghana out of the South African competition.

We can also not forget the incident with Branislav Ivanovic in which he bit him which served him a 10 game ban.

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