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Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars who sulked their way out

More money, transfer requests and training alone – sulking Ronaldo is in good company

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

15:22 GMT, 4 September 2012

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UPDATED:

15:26 GMT, 4 September 2012

Some people will never be pleased and it appears that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of them.

The Real Madrid forward, who forced through an 80m move to the Spanish capital from Manchester United in 2009, has claimed he is sad at the La Liga champions – alerting Chelsea and Manchester City to his future availability.

But as the Portuguese international counts the missing pennies he thinks he deserves, Sportsmail has compiled a list of six sulkers who also spat out their dummies before finally seeing their demands met.

Dwight Yorke

A long servant and a fan favourite, Yorke had become one of the Premier League’s most feared strikers during his nine-year spell at Aston Villa before it all came to an abrupt end in 1998.

Firing in 97 goals in 288 games for the West Midlands club had caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was aiming to strengthen his Manchester United attack after losing the Premier League title the previous season.

Here today gone tomorrow: Dwight Yorke's poor performance in his last Aston Villa game led to his transfer to Manchester United

Here today gone tomorrow: Dwight Yorke's poor performance in his last Aston Villa game led to his transfer to Manchester United

Here today gone tomorrow: Dwight Yorke's poor performance in his last Aston Villa game at Everton in 1998 led to his transfer to Manchester United

Villa boss John Gregory categorically ruled out selling the Trinidad and Tobago hitman, but a very sloppy performance against Everton on the first day of the season left him with little choice but to offload his want-away striker in a 12.6m deal.

Gregory later stated that Yorke had handed in a transfer request and on hearing the demand claimed: ‘If I had a gun, I would have shot him.’ The Villa faithful were just as angry with the striker who had helped the club win the League Cup in 1996.

Nicolas Anelka

In just over two Premier League seasons at Arsenal between 1997 and 1999, Anelka went from being a promising youngster to one of the deadliest strikers in Europe.

Any hopes of the French striker rewarding the club that gave him his big breakthrough at the top level though were quickly extinguished when Real Madrid came calling.

Happier times: Nicolas Anelka (right) helped Arsenal win the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his first full season

Happier times: Nicolas Anelka (right) helped Arsenal win the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his first full season

Arsene Wenger signed Anelka as a 17-year-old from Paris St-Germain for just 500,000 and the youngster helped Arsenal win the double in his first full season, picking up the league’s Young Player of the Year award the following year.

But despite seemingly having a bright future in north London, Anelka felt he deserved a better salary and by the time Madrid stumped up 23m to sign him, Gunners fans, fed up of his poor attitude and lack of commitment, had already dubbed him ‘Le Sulk’ – a nickname that stuck like velcro.

Ashley Cole

Another star given his big breakthrough by Arsenal, but despite Cole giving five years more service to the Gunners than Anelka – his summer departure to Chelsea in 2006 left arguably a more sour taste in the fans’ mouths than the Frenchman’s.

Fuming at an extended contract offer of ‘only’ 55,000-a-week, the left-back quickly became disillusioned with the club.

Just one year after being caught discussing a move to Chelsea with their manager Jose Mourinho, he finally sealed a move to Stamford Bridge for 5m with William Gallas going the other direction to the Emirates Stadium.

Welcome back: Ashley Cole reacts after being tackled by former Arsenal team mate Cesc Fabregas

Welcome back: Ashley Cole reacts after being tackled by former Arsenal team mate Cesc Fabregas

Mock up: Arsenal fans printed fake bank notes with Cole's face on

Mock up: Arsenal fans printed fake bank notes with Cole's face on

Arsenal fans, keen on handing out nicknames, dubbed him ‘Cashley’ and greeted his first return to the club with banknotes that had his face replacing the Queen’s.

Dimitar Berbatov

Arguably one of Tottenham’s greatest signings in the Premier League era after joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006, but even after just one year the cracks were starting to appear in the relationship between the Bulgarian and the north London side.

In a Premier League match at Newcastle in October 2007, the striker, already in poor form, ignored calls from manager Martin Jol to warm up in the 3-1 defeat which culminated with the Dutch boss being sacked three days after.

Berbat-off: Dimitar Berbatov (left) started on the bench for Spurs' opening day Premier League defeat at Middlesbrough in 2008

Berbat-off: Dimitar Berbatov (left) started on the bench for Spurs' opening day Premier League defeat at Middlesbrough in 2008

Berbatov picked up his form after the arrival of Juande Ramos, but was soon causing unrest just under a year later when Manchester United reignited an earlier interest in signing him.

The Bulgarian’s disruption was enough to see him completely dropped from the Spurs squads to face Sunderland and Chelsea, before sealing a last hour switch on transfer deadline day to United for 30.75m.

Emmanuel Adebayor

The stats suggest that Adebayor gave just over three years of decent service to Arsenal after racking up 62 goals in 142 appearances for the Gunners.

Fans of the club will tell you otherwise. Following a 2007/08 season where the striker scored 30 goals, the Togo international caught the attention of Barcelona and AC Milan and was linked with a 30m move away from the Emirates.

Controversial: Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates in front of Arsenal fans after scoring against the north London side playing for Manchester City

Controversial: Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates in front of Arsenal fans after scoring against the north London side playing for Manchester City

A transfer failed to materialise, but the following campaign he scored just over half the amount of goals as supporters registered their disapproval at the striker’s apparent lack of effort over the campaign.

It didn’t dent his value to much though as a 25m move to Manchester City followed in 2009. He soon showed Arsenal supporters his feelings on the matter when he faced his former side. Adeabyor ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate scoring a goal in front of them just weeks after leaving north London.

Fernando Torres

A fine example of how a perfect combination can quickly sour. After joining from Atletico Madrid in 2007 for 26.5m, Torres was unstoppable in his first couple of seasons playing for a Liverpool side strongly contending the Premier League title and the Champions League.

But once the Reds crashed out of Europe’s premier competition and the domestic top four in 2009, the Spaniard’s form soon suffered the same fate.

Bad start: Torres's Chelsea debut came against Liverpool in a 1-0 defeat

Bad start: Torres's Chelsea debut came against Liverpool in a 1-0 defeat

By the time January 2011 came around, Liverpool had slumped to mid-table and Torres was training on his own – with manager Kenny Dalglish desperate to remove any negativity in the Liverpool dressing room.

Chelsea thrashed out a 50m deal on transfer deadline day to sign the unhappy striker, who soon had a smile back on his face once pictured with a Blues shirt…this was before he found the net just once in his next 23 games.

Jermain Defoe and Kenwyne Jones interesting Paul Lambert

Defoe and Jones on Aston Villa radar as Lambert looks to add extra firepower

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UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 17 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted being an admirer of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones as he looks to further strengthen his squad.

But Lambert says it is a case of 'wait and see' in terms of whether either will be heading to Villa Park.

Attracting attention: Villa boss Paul Lambert is a fan of Jermain Defoe (left)

Attracting attention: Villa boss Paul Lambert is a fan of Jermain Defoe (left)

Villa have been linked strongly with Defoe, who netted England's winner against Italy in Berne on Wednesday, and Trinidad and Tobago forward Jones.

When asked if interested in the pair, Lambert said: 'You are talking about two really good players, different types of players there. I think a club this size will always be linked with players of that ilk.

'I don't think you ever stop looking for players. You have always got to try and improve.

On the lookout: Lambert (left) is aiming to strengthen his Villa squad

On the lookout: Lambert (left) is aiming to strengthen his Villa squad

'Whether they come in or not, we will have to wait and see but any manager will tell you, you are always going to look for players.'

Lambert confirmed there was no imminent move likely for full-back Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton, who can leave if the price is right.

He said: '(Nothing is happening) at the minute. I've picked a squad to play West Ham that will go and compete and do the very best they can.

'I spoke to Stephen and Alan, they know the situation, what is going on.'

Usain Bolt and Jamaica win 4x100m gold at London 2012 Olympics

Simply the best! Bolt & Co smash world record to take gold in 4x100m relay

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UPDATED:

20:13 GMT, 11 August 2012

Jamaica won gold in the men's 4×100 metres relay in a world record time of 36.84 seconds.

The USA were second and Trinidad and Tobago won the bronze medal.

More to follow…

Doing the Mo-bot: Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 4x100m Relay and his third gold medal

Doing the Mo-bot: Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 4x100m Relay and his third gold medal

Record time: Bolt and Jamaica won the gold in world record time

Record time: Bolt and Jamaica won the gold in world record time

London 2012 Olympics: Tyson Gay says 9.8sec not enough for 100m medal

Gay warning! Sprint star says 9.8sec won't be good enough for podium place in 100m

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UPDATED:

06:34 GMT, 20 July 2012

The world's second fastest man, Tyson Gay, says someone may break 9.8 seconds for only the second time in an Olympic 100m final and still fail to win a medal.

'I really truly believe that,' said the American sprinter on Thursday.

'It will take a 9.7 to even get a medal. It's mind blowing,' he added, and the record books back him up.

Tough: Tyson Gay knows how difficult getting a medal will be

Tough: Tyson Gay knows how difficult getting a medal will be

Only once in an Olympic final has a sprinter run 9.7 or faster, Jamaican Usain Bolt smashing the world record with his 9.69 at the 2008 Olympics.

Second placed Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago clocked in at 9.89.

Now with Bolt, Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake, former world record holder Asafa Powell, American Justin Gatlin and Gay headed for an August showdown, one could foresee a 100 metres of historic proportions even without a world record, Gay said.

'It is mind blowing to think four or five people even have the possibility of doing that (9.7) in one race,' said the often-injured Gay who set a personal best of 9.69 seconds in 2009.

Bolt leads the pack with his 2009 world record of 9.58, Powell clocked 9.72 in 2008 and Blake ran 9.75 this year.

That Gay is even in the London mix is a minor miracle.

Contender: Yohan Blake is going for gold

Contender: Yohan Blake is going for gold

As late as early March he could not even jog because of 2011 hip surgery that kept him off the track for almost a year.

He ran his first race in June but still made the U.S. Olympic team later in the month, finishing second to Gatlin in the American trials.

'I still feel something here and there but there is no looking back now,' Gay said of a sore groin. The hip appears much better.

The biggest concerns are bad habits, particularly in his start, that have crept back into his race from a year's inactivity.

'But I am definitely confident going into the Olympics that I will be fit, ready to go and my start will come at the right time,” said Gay, who would like an early birthday present from the Games (He turns 30 on August 9).

Gay appeared so ready for his first Olympic medal after a super quick but wind-assisted 100 metres at the 2008 American trials. But a hamstring injury in the 200 there left him unable to run at top speed in the Games and he went out in the 100 semi-finals.

Title holder: Usain Bolt (front right) is the man to beat

Title holder: Usain Bolt (front right) is the man to beat

'That (a medal) is the missing piece,' said Gay, the 2007 world double sprint champion who has never won an Olympic medal.

'I ask somebody every day how many days left till we start. I think about it constantly.'

Bolt and Blake may grab the headlines, 'but I have the confidence I can win it,' Gay said.

'I am confident I can run 9.7 or better. I don't think I have a choice but to.'

He will test his fitness on Friday by running the third leg on an American 4×100 metres relay at the Monaco Diamond League meeting.

Young Ryan Bailey will lead off the squad with Gatlin running second and Trell Kimmons the anchor.

London 2012 Olympics: Keston Bledman runs 9.86s

Usain who Bledman emerges as rival to Jamaican after setting career-best time

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UPDATED:

20:25 GMT, 24 June 2012

Keston Bledman became the fastest non-Jamaican this year when he won Trinidad’s Olympic trials in a career-best time of 9.86sec in Port of Spain.

Speedy: Keston Bledman (centre) looks a danger for the Olympics

Speedy: Keston Bledman (centre) looks a danger for the Olympics

Stoke to sell Kenwyne Jones

Southampton, QPR and Anzhi prepare to pounce on Stoke striker Jones

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 15 May 2012

Tony Pulis will listen to offers for Kenwyne Jones as he tries to slash Stoke’s wage bill.

The influx of players since the 8m Trinidad and Tobago striker joined Stoke two seasons ago is testing the club’s finances.

Southampton, Anzhi Makhachkala and QPR are interested.

Up for grabs: Kenwyne Jones is likely to leave Stoke City this summer

Up for grabs: Kenwyne Jones is likely to leave Stoke City this summer

Rain leaves West Indies and Australia heading for a draw

Rain washes away hopes of result as Windies and Australia head for draw

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 18 April 2012

Rain on the fourth day left the second Test between the West Indies and Australia at Port-of-Spain seemingly heading for a draw.

The hosts' innings was wrapped up swiftly this morning at 257, giving Australia a lead of 54.

They reached 73 for three, 127 ahead, before the second heavy downpour of the day brought an early close with only 30.4 overs having been bowled in the day.

Washout: Rain falls over the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Washout: Rain falls over the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad

The hosts resumed this morning at 252 for nine and added just five before wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh was trapped lbw by Michael Beer for 31, a decision only given after a DRS review as Baugh missed a sweep at the fourth ball of the day.

Australia openers Ed Cowan and David Warner extended their side's lead to 80 – although the former was dropped at slip by Windies captain Darren Sammy before he had scored.

Kemar Roach then struck twice in his first over, coming round the wicket to the left-handed Warner, who nicked the paceman's second delivery to slip for 17, Darren Bravo taking the low catch.

Quick single: Australia batsman Ed Cowan (front) takes a run in Port of Spain

Quick single: Australia batsman Ed Cowan (front) takes a run in Port of Spain

And new man Shane Watson lasted only three balls before misjudging and losing his off stump without troubling the scorers.

Ricky Ponting was fortunate to escape a run-out attempt when on nought, Fidel Edwards missing the stumps, and was then dropped by Adrian Barath off spinner Shane Shillingford on four.

A persistent shower forced an early lunch with Cowan on 14 and Ponting eight in a total of 40 for two.

Cowan should have been run out by Baugh shortly after the resumption before a Ponting boundary brought up Australia's half-century.

Timber: Kemar Roach (right) celebrates the wicket of Shane Watson (left)

Timber: Kemar Roach (right) celebrates the wicket of Shane Watson (left)

Roach failed with a hopelessly optimistic review after Ponting was given not out, but a second lbw appeal later in the same over accounted for Cowan, for 20, and with him the first Australian review.

Ponting began to find some fluency and threaded a superb on-drive off Shane Shillingford to the boundary, but he was stopped in his tracks when the rain returned to end the day's play.

Ponting was 32 not out with his successor as captain, Michael Clarke, three not out at the other end and Roach having taken three for 27 and eight wickets in the Test, the best match figures of his career.

Hopes of a result will rest on the tourists making quick runs upon the resumption followed by an aggressive declaration from Clarke, but with rain having disrupted the last three days a draw looks the likeliest outcome.

Great Britain"s 4x400m relay team win silver medal after USA gold is reinstated

Silver turns to gold and back to silver for men's 4x400m relay team

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 11 March 2012

The British men's 4×400-metre relay team were awarded a gold medal following the disqualification of the American team – and then had it taken away from them – as the US team had their gold reinstated after winning their appeal at the world indoor championships.

The Americans crossed the line first but were disqualified for 'exchanging positions before take-over.'

Silver lining: Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Buck and Michael Bingham were awarded gold - and then went back to silver

Silver lining: Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Buck and Michael Bingham were awarded gold – and then went back to silver

The U.S. appealed and was awarded gold.

The decision dropped Britain back to
silver and Trinidad and Tobago to bronze. Russia, which had been moved
up to bronze, finished fourth.

Great Britain"s 4x400m relay team awarded gold after USA are disqualified

Silver turns to gold as men's 4x400m relay team add to Great Britain's medal haul

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 11 March 2012

Britain's men were awarded gold in the 4x400m relay after finishing second to the USA – who were later disqualified – at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

The team of Conrad Williams, Nigel Levine, Michael Bingham and Richard Buck crossed the line in second place.

Golden finish: Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Buck and Michael Bingham were awarded gold

Golden finish: Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Buck and Michael Bingham were awarded gold

But the Americans, who won the race, were disqualified for 'exchanging positions before take-over'.

Britain moved up from silver to gold, while Trinidad and Tobago moved from bronze to silver and Russia took the bronze.

John Terry replacement needed: Fabio"s other captains

Hot potato! Just four months to go until Euro 2012 and Fabio needs a new captain

My man: John Terry was Fabio Capello's first choice

My man: John Terry was Fabio Capello's first choice

For a man who arrived so baffled by the fuss surrounding the England captaincy, Fabio Capello has succeeded only in transforming the fuss into farce.

It has been a case of armband on the run ever since the Italian launched his bizarre trial (bad word) for his first skipper.

In Italy, il capitano is the player with the most caps, noted Capello, as he passed the honour to four different players in four friendlies across five months.

Fabio Capello's captains

Steven Gerrard against Switzerland – Rio
Ferdinand against France – John Terry against the USA – David Beckham
against Trinidad and Tobago. It was a clue to the merry dance about to
ensue…

JOHN TERRY

Having won the beauty contest, Terry retained the privilege bestowed upon him by Steve McClaren. He had done little wrong other than suffer the misfortune of injury, missing key games towards the end of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

Ferdinand was his deputy, stepping in when Terry missed World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus. Wayne Rooney had his moment too, captaining his country against Brazil in Qatar in November 2009, when virtually the entire team had withdrawn.

Then came the Wayne Bridge/Vanessa Perroncel complications and Terry was summoned to Wembley to be stripped of his title in February 2010.

Back up plan: Rio Ferdinand stepped in when Terry was first stripped

Back up plan: Rio Ferdinand stepped in when Terry was first stripped

RIO FERDINAND

Capello passed the honour down the line to Ferdinand but the defender was having fitness problems. It was Gerrard who led England in their next game, a friendly against Egypt at Wembley. Ferdinand was back for the pre-World Cup warm-up games against Mexico and Japan but injured his knee in training ahead of the World Cup finals.

STEVEN GERRARD

Gerrard's deeply furrowed brow may owe much to the rigours of captaincy, carrying the hopes of Liverpool for what seems like an eternity and inheriting the England job at times of crisis.

He was a noble captain on brolly night at Wembley against Croatia in November 2007 and again during a miserable campaign in South Africa. He continued for three games into the following season but when Ferdinand regained fitness he resumed his responsibilities.

Up for the cup: When Ferdinand got injured, Steven Gerrard took the armband during the World Cup in South Africa

Up for the cup: When Ferdinand got injured, Steven Gerrard took the armband during the World Cup in South Africa

Then came Copenhagen. Gerrard and Ferdinand were absent and Frank Lampard was handed the armband against Denmark. When Lampard came off at half-time, it went to Ashley Cole, who passed it to Gareth Barry when he went off. JT looked on longingly.

Return: Terry was reinstated and led England out against Wales in Cardiff

Return: Terry was reinstated and led England out against Wales in Cardiff

JOHN TERRY 2

Capello went back to Terry after the Parken Stadion comedy, although his failure to discuss this with Ferdinand caused further discontent.

Terry led the team out against Wales in Cardiff in March last year but was rested for a friendly against Ghana three days later. Step forth Barry.

This season, Terry has missed one game, a friendly against Spain shortly after the incident with Anton Ferdinand at QPR. Lampard led the team out but Terry was back three days later against Sweden.

Capello finds himself searching for another captain, four months before Euro 2012. It sounds like a job for Captain Chaos from The Cannonball Run.