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Brawling, biting and generally being bad - these five are the targets of boo's the world over.

As talented as some on the list are, no-one can deny the contempt they derive from away fans on a regular basis.

Be it for their constant play-acting, off-field tantrums or general misdemeanour, the players that make this list are all a source of fury for opposing fans.

5.Joey Barton - Queens Park Rangers

The Englishman is well known for sparking controversies off the football pitch.

He's one player who genuinely seems to revel in making headlines simply for the sake of it.

Recently he criticised the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson's ability as a coach without any specific reason.

He got sent off in the last match of the 2011-12 season against Manchester City for violent conduct - violent conduct meant kicking Sergio Aguero and allegedly head-butting Vincent Kompany.

Widely condemned in the media for his actions and for attempting to defend himself on Twitter, where he also attacked Match of the Day pundits Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer - his former manager.

Barton faced an angry backlash from thousands of teenage girls after taunting Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber and his fans on Twitter. He branded the Canadian singer as "a smack addiction waiting to happen".

A few weeks later, he caused controversy once more after comparing Brazilian superstar Neymar to Justin Bieber.

Barton's comments followed an incident a month before when he attacked Neymar, before the Brazilian responded that he had no idea who Barton is.

4.Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

The dynamic Madrid attacker is one of the best players in the world but he's also one of the most hated ones as well.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi fans in particular seem to have a constant feeling of hatred for the Portuguese - probably due to his antics such as diving on the field.

Some people also consider this guy to be largely arrogant with his superstar looks and the expressions he delivers while taking free-kicks.

His varying hair-styles do spark abuse from Barcelona fans all over the world,majorly because of the fact that he is taken to be anti-Messi.

Ronaldo has said that he does not drink alcohol and he received libel damages over a Daily Mirror article that reported him drinking heavily in a nightclub while recovering from an injury in July 2008.

3.Mario Balotelli - AC Milan

The Italian has been no stranger to controversial incidents.

In June 2010, Balotelli and a group of friends fired air pistols in the open in Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica.

Although denying that he is "crazy" as his former manager Roberto Mancini frequently claimed, Balotelli has admitted that he "sometimes does strange things".

His most memorable incident has (so far) been the "WHY ALWAYS ME" shirt against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Within days of joining Manchester City, Balotelli was involved in a car crash. It was reported that Balotelli was carrying £5,000 cash at the time – and that when a police officer asked why he had such a large sum of cash Balotelli replied: "Because I am rich".

After arriving in Manchester City, Balotelli was  involved in multiple instances of training ground disputes, clashing with team-mates Jérôme Boateng, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Micah Richards and manager Mancini.

Lost in all of the antics is that Balotelli is a tremendous talent on the pitch.The Italian did score 17 goals in all competitions in his last season for Manchester City.

2.Carlos Tevez - Juventus

Controversy has followed Carlos Tevez since he first came on the scene, especially when it comes to his contract.

He started by refusing to play for Corinthians in 2006 and signing with West Ham.

Because he was partially owned by his agents, Media Sports Investment group, the transfer didn't go down well with the Premier League.

With Tevez, it seems like a contract saga is never far away.

In 2007, West Ham, Kia Joorabchian (his agent) and Manchester United battled it out for the Argentinean's signature.

He finally went to United, where he was successful, but that just wasn't good enough for Tevez.

He wasn't getting enough time on the pitch and thought he was better than the club, so he moved to neighbours Manchester City in 2009.And just over a year later, he wasn't happy there either and asked to be transferred.

He miraculously changed his mind a week or two later.

1.Luis Suarez-Liverpool

Almost everybody in the world despises the man-eating Uruguayan.

His racial abuse incident with Patrice Evra sparked controversy in the football world.

He nearly consumed Branislav Ivanovic's arm last season in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea and received a 10 match ban as well.Even after racially abusing Evra,the striker had received an 8 match ban and he had refused to shake hands with Evra in his return game.

To make matters worse, he loves to dive unnecessarily in order to claim penalties and free-kicks.

Chelsea and United fans seem to hate him the most because of his shameful conduct and behaviour. Suárez was also banned for one match for making an obscene gesture towards Fulham fans. 

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