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13 epic footballer spats on Twitter

When the game turns nasty off the pitch

13 epic footballer spats on Twitter
05 September 2016

Footballers and Twitter... two powerful forces that should never have collided. 

But collided they have, leading some of most brilliantly hilarious and cringe worthy banter in sporting history. Particularly when the footballers take it upon themselves to have a right pop at each other – the hashtaggable equivalent of shouting "Oi, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!" from across the park.

And thanks to Jamie Carragher and Mario Balotelli, it's been kicking off again the last few days. To celebrate, here are 13 of Twitter's most epic footballer spats. 

Carragher v Balotelli 

The always amusing Carragher took a swipe a Balotelli's free transfer to Nice last week after the Italian's absolute mare of a time at Liverpool...

... to which Balotelli replied with this nice bit of clip art sass...

...prompting Carragher to wish Balotelli well in his future endeavours. Sort of. 

Gary Lineker puts the boots to Roberto Soldado

Back in March 2014 Messi's fancy footwork gave Lineker a professional crisis...

... until yet another disappointing Soldado performance at Tottenham reminded of what we all knew all along.

Joey Barton hates Neymar

Self-styled "no nonsense" player Barton is a bit of a ledge when it comes to Twitter attacks and meltdowns. Not least of all this beauty aimed at Neymar.

And we always thought you were a true Belieber, Barts. 

And he hates Shearer's hair too

Way before Barton's attack on Neymar, Barton launched a spectacular rant against Shearer's personality and... erm, baldy head after the pundit criticized Barton for elbowing Carlos Tevez.

Barton vs Dieter Hamman

Barton also got into a brutal and drawn out Twitter war with his former Man City teammate in January 2013. It started as a disagreement over club politics and respect...

But soon turned personal as Barton took digs at Hamann’s gambling problem, which Hamann answered with a few home truths.

Barton later apologised for the rant. Not sure about all the others, mind you.

Wojciech Szczesny says Aaron Ramsey looks like a sex offender

Arsenal goalkeeper and Polish international Szczesny tweeted the dictionary definition of "that's a bit strong, mate" when he gave his two cents' worth on teammate Ramsey's golfing wardrobe.

Alright, nobody likes a tank top, but let's keep it friendly. 

Stan Collymore and Rio Ferdinand get political

Ferdinand joined a Twitter spat between then QPR teammate Karl Henry and Collymore, who clashed over - of all things - politics. Collymore appeared to then offer the pair out for an old school rumble. 

Collymore later clarified he wasn't looking for an actual fight - and prefers players to do their talking on the pitch. Bosh.

Shearer vs David Ginola

When Shearer suggested that Newcastle signing Florian Thauvian "might get away" with slacking off in French Ligue 1 - but not the proper English Premiership - Ginola accused Shearer of showing a "lack of respect" to French players. To which Shearer replied...

... you really can't argue with that. 

Carragher tells Lineker straight

Twitter hero Jamie Carragher took a shot at Gary Lineker when the Match of the Day host weighed in on Pep Guardiola's transfer to Man City. 

Good to see that lifelong Everton fan Carragher hasn't been holding onto that particular grudge for 30 years. They made their peace though.

Chopra threatens Ashley Williams 

In one of the most bizarre footballer Twitter exchanges ever, Michael Chopra tweeted Welsh international Williams in May 2014, threatening him with texts and pictures (sounds ominous). Williams closed down his account, prompting Chopra to then target Williams' pal and Swansea winger Wayne Routledge. 

In other words, "Tell your mate I'm gonna duff him up".

Collymore vs Lescott goes public

Stan Collymore had himself another very public spat with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott after Lescot said Villa's relegation was "weight off the shoulders" of the players.

Collymore then posted a private conversation between the pair...

... but hastily deleted it.

James McLean shuts down Lamine Kone

After a nil-nil draw between Sunderland and West Brom last April, the Mackems' winger seemed to have no clue who McClean was...

... but McClean had the perfect response... 

... after some further exchanges McClean had the last word with this epic shut down. 

Make that 1-0.

Teale takes on N'Zogbia

There was more Twitter action over Villa's relegation between the club's former defender Shaun Teale and current winger Charles N'Zogbia, who'd spent more time on on the sidelines last season than most ball boys do their whole career.