You may or may not have heard, but the cast for the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ was revealed yesterday, with Austrian actor Christoph Waltz playing the villain, Franz Oberhauser.
However, there has been plenty of speculation flowing around online suggesting Waltz, an Oscar winner in films such as Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds, will instead play Blofeld – a recurring baddie from movies gone by.
To celebrate this news, we’ve compiled our own list of footballing bad guys to see which ones have the potential to be the on-field Blofeld.
Perhaps one of, if not the dirtiest players in La Liga, Pepe has a reputation for pushing boundaries on the pitch. Whilst his quality cannot be doubted (just look at Madrid’s defensive record this season), Pepe and Sergio Ramos are a centre-back partnership from years gone by, like a version of Max and Paddy on the pitch. Their rough style comes with consequences, but Pepe’s antics off the ball are what puts him on this list. The play-acting, cynical fouls, stray arms and trash talk (especially in El Clasico!) make him a man to be wary of in the modern game. Verdict: 6/10
Quite the reformed character nowadays, Barton spends more time tweeting his mind than using it on the pitch. He’s tried hard to shirk his bad-boy image, and after spending time behind bars, Barton has stayed on the right side of the law, which deserves credit. Barton is even studying for a degree in philosophy, and has taken a stand against homophobia in football! More than capable of sticking his foot in on the pitch, Barton has become more likeable and deserving of his professional contract, which is great, but that means he wouldn’t get to play the part of our villain. Verdict: 2004 JB 9, 2014 JB 4
Where do we start with Cantona? Probably with the kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park. Kicking a player is one thing, but then lashing out at a spectator makes the previous episode quite forgettable (the player he kicked was in fact Richard Shaw, but his story has been somewhat overshadowed). Cantona launched himself into the crowd and assaulted the fan, resulting in an eight month ban. If anything, it made Cantona more popular amongst United supporters, who cherish him to this day. Cantona also has previous with a former French national team manager, who he publicly criticised on TV, and was arrested for assault earlier this year, and his acting has been pretty horrific too! Verdict: Too popular with too many people 5/10
El Hadji Diouf
Several controversies have marked the career of Diouf, although he has been quite popular at some of his later clubs. Diouf famously spat at a fan during a UEFA Cup game at Celtic Park in 2003, and in 2012 was branded a sewer rat by Neil Warnock for abusing Jamie Mackie after the midfielder broke his leg. A poor disciplinary record and an arrest at a Manchester nightclub are enough to put Diouf on this list, but has shown an improved work ethic at both Doncaster and Leeds, which has endeared him to supporters. He’s definitely one you love to hate. Verdict: 7/10
Not heard of the former Roma and Lazio free-kick specialist? Strap yourselves in, because here is football’s biggest baddie, and he has quite a story. Yes, Mihajlovic, infamous for his racist views, dirty play, spitting and defence of a war criminal is perfect material to be cast as Blofeld. The Serb caused a mass brawl in a Yugoslav cup final back in 1991, racially abused Patrick Vieira, banned a player for not singing the national anthem, spat at German international Jens Jeremies and Adrian Mutu and tussled with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has quite the back story, and a film of his life would be as gritty as an East End gangster novel. Verdict: 10 – we have our Blofeld!