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Top 5 Famous Teammate Fallouts Featuring Ronaldo Versus Ramos
- There has been a reported rift between Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo
- Ramos refused to wish Ronaldo on his birthday but instead celebrated Neymar
- Sports Brief takes a look at other times when teammates became enemies
There have been times when football stars have surprised their fans with certain announcements regarding their on-field future.
However, the fans have also seen relationships between former teammates get worse. One example could be Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos.
The Spanish defender, who played with the Portuguese forward for nine years, did not wish him on his team.
To add more fuel to the fire, he wished his PSG teammate Neymar and Sevilla teammate Adnan Januzaj.
Sports Brief looks at five other instances of teammates becoming rivals and even enemies.
Adebayor vs Bendtner
Per Talk Sport, Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly engaged in a brawl with Kolo Toure in 2011 during Manchester City's training match on the eve of their clash with their former club, Arsenal.
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The Togolese legend had previously clashed with Nicklas Bendtner at the Gunners. Reports suggested that the Nigerian-born striker had even headbutted the Dane.
Bendtner was then spotted with a cut on his nose and a blood-stained shirt during a 5-1 defeat to Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final.
Balotelli vs Mancini
Having previously signed Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan, Roberto Mancini stoically endured his young star's off-field antics that included throwing darts at a youth team player and his house being set alight with an indoor fireworks display on the eve of a top-of-the-table derby clash with Manchester United.
Per SportsJoe, the Italian manager finally had enough after the striker lunged in with a dangerous challenge on Gael Clichy, despite being asked to take it easy. The paparazzi rather embarrassingly captured the coach attempting to haul his player to the ground by the bib.
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Ibrahimovic vs Onyewu
If Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasn’t assaulted you at some point, can you really say you’ve played on the same side? A black belt in Taekwondo with a fondness for acrobatically kicking his team-mates, Ibra once threatened to break Rafael van der Vaart’s legs at Ajax and also punched his Juventus teammate, Jonathan Zebina, in the face.
Bowyer vs Dyer
During a Premier League match against Aston Villa, Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer engaged in what is arguably the most famous altercation between teammates. The two midfielders got into a heated argument at St. James' Park while their Newcastle team was down 3-0.
Per Planet Football, the brawl was broken up by teammates and Villa players. Both received red cards for their actions and Graeme Souness, the manager of the Magpies at the time, later confessed that he had 'never seen anything like it on a football pitch before'.
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Ribery vs Robben
The two wingers worked flawlessly together to harass opposing full-backs in the 2010s for Bayern Munich. However, in 2012, following a dispute over who should take a free kick in a Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery began fighting at half-time.
The Dutchman allegedly received a punch from the Frenchman, although Bayern Munich declined to comment, per Opera News.
Perks for Neymar at Al-Hilal
Sports Brief previously reported that Al-Hilal will reportedly pay €90mil to PSG to secure Neymar. Furthermore, the former Barcelona man will earn a mind-boggling salary of €160mil for two seasons.
In addition to that hefty paycheck, the Brazilian star will receive even more benefits. For instance, he will reportedly get a private plane and a sprawling mansion with dedicated staff to cater to his needs.