10 sets of teammates who didn't get along with each other

There are some true bromances in football.

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah. Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Mason Mount and Declan Rice.

All of them are close, brought together by the sport they excel at.

But not all teammates share such a special bond. Oh no.

There have been several instances in the past of teammates who didn’t get along.

We’ve listed 10 pairs of former teammates who, well, hated each other.

Emmanuel Frimpong and Samir Nasri

“For me, the truth is I’ve never liked Nasri and I will never, ever like this guy. Even if he gives me five billion dollars, I will still not like him.”

Frimpong’s verdict of Nasri in a 2019 interview with The Athletic sums it up.

The former Arsenal teammates really didn’t get along.

Their feud started when Nasri took aim at Frimpong in the dressing room after the Ghanaian midfielder was sent off in a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in 2011.

Nasri later phoned Frimpong after threatened his former teammate.

“I took the phone and then it was Nasri on the phone threatening me, telling me that when he sees me, this that,” Frimpong added.

“I told him, ‘I’m not one of the players that’s afraid of you. If you want us to sort it out as men, we can sort it out as men.’

“To be honest, at that time when he left Arsenal, I could tell him what I actually thought about him because he was there so I could basically let him know my feelings.

“So I just told him that I don’t like him, I don’t respect him and I will never respect him as a professional player.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael van der Vaart

Ibrahimovic and Van der Vaart were teammates at Ajax when they met for an international friendly between Sweden and Netherlands.

Van der Vaart suffered an injury during the game, though, and later publicly accused Ibrahimovic of trying to hurt him on purpose.

Zlatan, naturally, didn’t react well.

The striker revealed in his 2013 autobiography that he threatened to break both of Van der Vaart’s legs.

Ibrahimovic said to the midfielder, per the Daily Mail: “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose.”

Kolo Toure and William Gallas

Imagine your centre-back pairing not even talking to each other on the pitch.

Toure and Gallas’ feud ran so deep that the Ivory Coast international felt he had to leave Arsenal so avoid troubling the Gunners further.

“When you play with somebody and you don’t even talk to each other on the pitch it’s really difficult,” Toure said in 2010, per The Guardian.

“Me and Gallas … we didn’t talk to each other at all. One of us had to go and it was me.

“It was coming down to me really because I didn’t want to put the team in a difficult position, so I was the one who said I wanted to go.”

Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia

Another clash between former Arsenal teammates.

Lehmann fell out with Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and he also wasn’t happy with playing second fiddle to Almunia at the Gunners.

Almunia told The Athletic in 2019: “The problems came when I was very excited and very fit, training well with so much energy and at that same time [Lehmann] wasn’t having his best time at Arsenal, so when Arsene Wenger decided to change the no.1… he’s a winner and he took it very badly, which is normal.

“He’s a national-team goalkeeper, big name, and I’m a small goalkeeper from Spain who comes along and makes it difficult for him – he’s thinking, ‘What the hell? This is not possible?’ So yes, we had difficult moments.”

Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez

Bit of an awkward one, this.

Icardi and Lopez’s feud has nothing to do with football, but more to do with the fact that Icardi stole Lopez’s wife from him.

Lopez offered Icardi refuge at his home when the pair played for Sampdoria.

He couldn’t have imagined, though, that Icardi would have an affair with Lopez’s wife, Wanda Nara, and eventually marry his partner.

In 2014, when Icardi and Lopez faced off against each other for Inter Milan and Sampdoria respectively, Lopez refused to shake his former teammate and friend’s hand.

Can you blame him?

Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole

“From that moment on, I knew Sheringham was not for me.”

The spat between Sheringham and Cole dates back to 1995, when Cole made his debut for England.

He was a substitute for the game against Uruguay, replacing Sheringham, but his offer of a handshake was rejected by the departing striker, who didn’t even make eye contact.

Two years later, Cole was joined at Man United by none other than Sheringham.

“We played together for years. We scored a lot of goals. I never spoke a single word to him,” Cole told the Independent in 2010.

He added: “I would rather sit down and have a cuppa with Neil Ruddock, who broke my leg in two places in 1996, than with Teddy Sheringham, who I’ve pretty much detested for the past 15 years.”

Jamie Carragher and El-Hadji Diouf

El-Hadji Diouf is close to the top of the list of former players Liverpool fans hate the most.

His public criticisms of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in the past few years have ensured he won’t ever be welcome back at Anfield.

But the feeling is very much mutual.

Carragher, to this day, despises Diouf, even calling him the worst footballer he played alongside at Liverpool.

“The worst has to be El Hadji Diouf,” Carragher said.

“Actually, I quite enjoyed playing against him as you could kick him then – can’t kick your own players.”

It didn’t take long after his arrival at Liverpool in 2002 for Carragher to realise he didn’t like the Senegalese forward very much.

“I arrived for pre-season training anticipating my first view of the players who’d turn us into title winners,” Carragher wrote in his autobiography Carra.

“I returned home the same evening in a state of depression. Do you remember being at school and picking sides for a game of football?

“We do this at Liverpool for the five-a-sides. Diouf was ‘last pick’ within a few weeks.

“His attitude disgusted me.”

Lothar Matthaus and Stefan Effenberg

Matthaus and Effenberg played together for Bayern Munich and with the German national team.

Effenberg was scathing about his former Germany captain, citing Matthaus’ failure to take Germany’s penalty in the 1990 World Cup final and calling him “a quitter” in his autobiography.

Effenberg even dedicated a chapter to Matthaus, titled: “What Lothar Matthaus knows about football.”

It was a blank page.

John Fashanu and Lawrie Sanchez

Wimbledon defeated Liverpool in the FA Cup final in 1988, which is still one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history.

But behind the scenes, Fashanu and Sanchez were embroiled in a serious feud.

The two even clashed in a training session, when Fashanu hit Sanchez with “a shot that would supposedly knock a horse down”.

When Fashanu was asked if he had any regrets, he replied: “Not striking Lawrie Sanchez sooner.” 

Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert

Kluivert enjoyed the Newcastle nightlight upon his arrival on Tyneside in 2004, which didn’t sit well with his Netherlands teammate, Van Nistelrooy.

And when Kluivert was spotted at a rave in Amsterdam after the first leg of the Euro 2004 playoff against Scotland, the Manchester United forward aimed a thinly-veiled shot at his strike partner.

“I can’t do it all myself,” he told reporters. “I can’t be the only Dutch player who closes down and leads from the front.”

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