Benzema’s ‘blackmail’ row with Valbuena and 8 other team-mates who fell out

Although footballing feuds rarely go all the way to court – Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has gone on trial this week having been accused of 'complicity' in an attempt to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena.

Investigators allege that Benzema encouraged Valbuena to pay a group of alleged blackmailers in order to keep a sexually explicit tape out of the public eye.

Benzema has denied wrongdoing and his lawyer has described the case against the player as "absurd".

Four other men are on trial accused of trying to blackmail Olympiacos midfielder Valbuena, with the maximum sentence for complicity in attempted blackmail being five years in jail and a £63,000 fine.

While the feud between the pair looks set to continue, Daily Star Sport have taken a look at four sets of team-mates who hated each other, although under very different circumstances.

Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole

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Andy Cole detailed the reasons for his 15-year hatred for Teddy Sheringham back in 2010 – and stated that he would rather share a cup of tea with the man who broke his leg in two places.

Cole and Sheringham played together on 99 occasions during their professional careers, but only had 10 joint goal participations across more than 5000 minutes of playing time.

Amazingly, Sheringham detailed in 2019 that a chance meeting between the pair led to them burying the hatchet with his former Manchester United colleague after all these years.

Sheringham told the Daily Mail: "That was the case with me and Andy. We just didn't click. But we've made our peace."

El Hadji Diouf and Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher have been very open in his criticism of El Hadji Diouf following his Liverpool departure, with the former defender calling him his worst ever team-mate.

Having been involved in several controversies during the remainder of his career which included several incidents of alleged spitting, Hadji Diouf called time on his career in 2015.

Since then, there has been a back-and-fourth with Liverpool icon Carragher, who took to Twitter to call out his former team-mate after a war of words during interviews.

Carragher is quoted as saying: "He has one of the worst strike rates of any forward in Liverpool history."

With Diouf hitting back “The difference between Jamie and me is that I am a world-class player and he is a s***."

Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez

At one time in their lives, Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez were the best of friends, and would even holiday together with their families having been team-mates at Sampdoria.

However, things would turn very very sour after Icardi began dating the ex-wife of his former best friend in Wanda Nara, and even has the name of Lopez's kids tattooed on his arm.

Following that, the pair refused to acknowledge each other when on the pitch, but it hasn't been all rosy for Icardi and Nara with the pair involved in a social media spat this week.

Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer

Newcastle team-mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were dismissed for fighting each other while taking on Aston Villa during a Premier League moment that will never be forgotten.

In a moment that iconic skipper Alan Shearer dubbed as 'disgraceful' and manager boss Graeme Souness saying was indefensible, Bowyer charged at his team-mate with Dyer lashing out in response.

Following initial apologies to both the fans and the club, Dyer and Bowyer have looked back at the exchange years later to give a balanced view of what led to the scrap.

Dyer told Sky Sports last year: “More people ask about that than the performances on the pitch but Lee was a fiery character, he was a great friend and someone I still speak to – I hope he does well at Charlton.”

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