Footballers who didn't seem to mature much or became less likable after they retired

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    Needham Full Member

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    Ruud Gullit with his "shexy football" shtick was a poor pundit and arrogant and aloof as an unsuccessful manager having been a world class player and seemingly soulful fellow who dabbled in a little harmless reggae whilst upholding the law.
    Neil "razor" Ruddock may already have been unlikable as a superladdish provocative center back but actually failed to grow up after retirement, doubling down on his footy geezer rep by putting on four stone and deluding himself and soiling the culture a little with brave but terrible efforts to become a stand up comedian.
    Any others?
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    Wednesday at Stoke Full Member

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    Is Joey Barton technically retired now?
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    Needham Full Member

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    Still under suspension?
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    Mark Hughes was my favourite Utd player as a youngster and I continued to have regard for him after he left Utd and played for other clubs and wished him well while managing the Welsh national team.

    However, in his various stints as manager in the premier league I have found him to be quite the caterpillar in my buttermilk.
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    Joey Barton is just a bad human. He never seems to mature and still acts like a spoiled child and soon as he becomes less relevant he said something controversial on purpose just to rile people.
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    Stoichkov was quite rough and rude when he played for Barcelona and is still the same now with 51 years.
    A bit like Maradona, he can not talk to the press without saying something unpleasant about someone
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    OnlyTwoDaSilvas Gullible

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    Paul Parker. I didn't know what his voice sounded like when he was a player. Now his whinging cockney tone is unmistakable.

    Tim Sherwood, exactly the same as above.
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    2 immediately spring to mind:

    Steve McManaman and Chris Sutton. Most over opinionated commentators ever but actually likeable on the pitch
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    Jimmy Bullard.
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    Giggs, Scholes. They were like gods to me when they played for Utd. Now Scholes isn't a very good pundit and often not very likeable, Giggs seems to have vanished from earth.
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    Roy Keane. Great player but an absolutely terrible manager, shite pundit and all round bellend.
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    Irish Jet New Member

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    I dislike Barton but to say he hasn't matured is ridiculous.

    He's still a cnut of course. He used to be a danger to society. If he had carried down the road he was on he'd probably be in prison.
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    NinjaZombie Punched the air when Liverpool beat City

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    Then again, he wasn't ever likeable in the first place.
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    Sherwood, Bullard, Hargreves simply because of his absolutely woeful commentary. Owen gets cringier by the day.
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