Seven stars who sulked on the pitch after Mbappe moan from Di Canio to Ronaldo

Footballers, like the rest of us, like a good moan from time to time.

Indeed, despite being multi-millionaires married to models who get to play football for a living, some of our favourite stars do like to have a good old sulk sometimes. They are a unique sort. And when things don't go their way, they have a tenancy to explode, as you will see from our extensive list.

From demanding to be substituted to shouting down the lens of the camera, here we take you through seven times that players well and truly threw their toys out of the pram.

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Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe came across very bolshy in Paris Saint-Germain's dominant 5-2 home victory over Montpellier.

The Frenchman scored the side’s fourth goal from close range but minutes earlier, when the score was still 2-0, Mbappe threw a hissy fit, demanding the ball be played to him. But it was instead laid off to a certain Lionel Messi – and the Frenchman reacted furiously.

Then, with Messi bearing down on goal, his team-mate was nowhere to be found. The World Cup winner had thrown his hands in the air and turned his back on the game.

Paolo Di Canio

Italian footballer Paolo Di Canio was always close to controversy.

In 2000 when West Ham played Bradford City, the game was at 4-2 to the Yorkshire side.

At this point Di Canio had already suffered the indignity of three blatant penalties being turned down, so he demanded to be substituted, refusing to continue. Speaking to Betsafe, Harry Redknapp revealed: "I told him 'Paolo, get up. Play on, get up. We're losing 4-2 to Bradford. Get up. Please, Paolo.'

"I couldn't tell you my actual language on film, but I was getting a bit animated with him and eventually he gets up."

Di Canio then went on to inspire a stunning West Ham comeback, as they won 5-4.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Nani made an unnecessary touch on Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-bound finish for Portugal against Spain in 2010 as it was ruled offside.

Ronaldo, of course, was not best pleased.

The former Manchester United and Portugal midfielder apologised for poaching what was about to be a brilliant solo goal during the nation's 4-0 win against national rivals Spain.

The Real Madrid legend went on a superb solo run before lifting a fantastic chip over Iker Casillas. It was about to drop over the line before Nani touched home, inadvertently disallowing it. "After the game I apologised to Cristiano, he played really well. I just didn't know I was in an offside position," Nani told AS. We're sure Cristiano didn't hold a grudge…

Luis Suarez

In 2014, Liverpool fans were dreaming of making up a goal deficit on Manchester City and winning their first Premier League title. But they suffered a stunning collapse against Crystal Palace.

The Reds blew a three-goal lead as the game finished as a 3-3 draw. Luis Suarez took the draw particularly hard, the attacker needing to be consoled by Steven Gerrard, with his face buried in his shirt.

Arsene Wenger

Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger clashed in 2006. When Marlon Harewood scored an 89th-minute winner at Upton Park to win a game for West Ham against Arsenal, Pardew's celebrations did not go down well with Wenger.

The pair even had to be separated, when the towering Wenger shoved the then-Hammers boss.

Pardew said after: "It was nothing personal. I was celebrating the goal. Arsene seemed to have a problem with that, probably rightly." He should have done his FA Cup final dad dance instead.

Wayne Rooney

In England's torrid 2010 World Cup campaign, Wayne Rooney hit out at 'supporters' who booed the team off the field following a 0-0 draw with Algeria.

In Cape Town, the former Manchester United striker blasted fans in the ground for their negative reaction to the display.

As he walked off the pitch, he snapped to the camera broadcasting at home: "Nice to see your own fans booing you, you football 'supporters'."

Nicolas Anelka

No particular moment for Nicolas Anelka but we thought we would give him a mention – he was given the nickname Le Sulk after all.

He was given the moniker as early as 1999 for what some believed was a lack of enthusiasm. The Frenchman was called moody and all sorts.

The name came from his last season at Arsenal, where he felt set upon by a set of supporters who didn't like the fact he was replacing Ian Wright in the team.

"When Michael Owen went to Real Madrid it was okay. When David Beckham went to Real Madrid no one turned on him. But when I went it was like I had killed someone," Anelka would later tell the Daily Mail.

"And yet one year later Petit and Overmars went to Barcelona and nothing like that happened to them. And remember, Arsenal bought me for £500,000 and sold me for £23million."


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