Life is a path of successes, mistakes, happening, mistakes, happy moments, sad moments, and did we say mistakes? Well, some people tend to make more mistakes than others, and some of these mistakes are so notorious that football gets a little weird and strange with these “rebellious” players.

Lars Elstrup

This danish Eurocup winner of 1992 season, is famous for being the main cause of danish success on that memorable decisive penalty versus Holland on semifinals, and that of course, gave Denmark a direct pass to the finals. However, after the match ended, Lars’ life has turned into a “not so glorious” path. The 55 years old danish striker has been accused of aggressions (in 1999 he was arrested for punching a school child), excesses in his drinking, and then he’s been incarcerated several times, he even entered a sect in 1993, and afterwards he tried to commit suicide.  His last “rebellious act” was jumping butt naked on a football match to do some “tricks”.

Diego Armando Maradona

He’s considered one of the best players on football history. Loved by millions, this Argentine idol has stepped into hellish places outside the football field. His well-documented cocaine addiction ruined his career and his life. He also suffered morbid obesity that put his life at a great risk. He had to undergo surgery to reduce his stomach size to help him fight his weight.  He has also been involved in lots of sex scandals, the latest having been this same year on Russia. He was accused by a russian journalist of sexual harassment. According to the journalist when she asked him to stop, his (Maradona’s) assistant threw five hundred dollars at her and she was removed from the site by Maradona’s guards.

Also in Russia, the highest official decided to remove Maradona as FIFA’s ambassador, added to this decision, all the money the former player would receive (some say it was $13.000 each time he went public) will not be paid.

Julio Alberto

Julio Alberto was a brave Spanish player during the 80’s.  He hit rock bottom so hard that he tried to commit suicide many times. His drug addiction dragged him so far, he almost overdose several times, a sad story of a sport star who had it all and nearly threw his life overboard. On his biography he revealed that he had a life full of excesses and it all began with a rough childhood that scared him forever.

Mané Garrincha

Mané was possibly the best dribbler in football history. He won two FIFA World Cups (1958 and 1962, when he was chosen as best player) and he harvested lots of awards on the field.  Outside his football career, well, things were different, his intelligence was considered to be below average which only got worse as he got lost in addiction.

Even though he had everything, his addiction to alcohol and women took a toll on him, he allegedly had fourteen children (none of them were recognized by him). He passed away on January, 1983, as a homeless man, sleeping on the streets while the biggest stadium on Brazil’s capital, brasilia was named after him, he died poor, even though there was a movie about him. Danish striker has been accused of aggressions (in 1999 he was arrested for punching a school child), excesses in his drinking, and then he’s been incarcerated several times, he even entered a sect in 1993, and afterwards he tried to commit suicide.  His last “rebellious act” was jumping butt naked on a football match to do some “tricks”.