Like kids in a playground, football fans on Twitter can be needlessly cruel.
However, five brave Manchester City players have read out a selection of mean tweets from their haters in a new video released by the club.
Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna, in the true spirit of Christmas, all agreed to read out critical messages from Twitter and the end result is pretty hilarious. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Mangala is told he should leave the club, Delph is picked on because of his gruff voice and his overall playing ability, Sagna is told in no uncertain terms that he has rubbish hair, Kompany’s head gets a mention while Toure is told he looks like a “big bear playing football”.
Fair play to the City stars: they all saw the funny side and weren’t offended enough to opt against reading any of the tweets out.
Video: Man City stars read out mean tweets
Footballers need to have thick skin
Toure and Kompany are both hugely respected members of the Manchester City squad and won’t be concerned about a few negative tweets from faceless football fans on Twitter.
But Mangala, Sagna and Delph could have taken the criticism a little more to heart. All three players have their critics following mixed starts at the Etihad Stadium and still have plenty of doubters to silence.
It just goes to show the importance of having a thick skin if you’re a professional footballer.
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