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10 Stars Who Disobeyed Their Manager's Orders

10 Stars Who Disobeyed Their Manager's Orders

by Kurt Buckerfield

Feb 25, 2019 07:14 PM

Tags: Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Chelsea Barcelona Kepa Arrizabalaga Dimitar Berbatov Carlos Tevez Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Following Chelsea's substitution fiasco on Sunday, here are some more footballers who refused to obey their manager's instructions, including superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Click through the gallery above to see 10 players who went against their coach's orders during matches, according to various reports.

Fans were in disbelief as they watched Kepa Arrizabalaga refuse to leave the field after his number went up to be substituted during Chelsea's Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City on Sunday evening.

The goalkeeper and Maurizio Sarri later claimed it was all a huge misunderstanding, with the manager insisting he was under the impression the 24-year-old had injured himself and needed to come off.

Although rare, we have seen similar instances before, with one involving FC Barcelona's Messi. Five years ago, Luis Enrique tried to take the Argentine off during a LaLiga game against Eibar, but his request was met with resistance.

As per 90mins, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner gestured a few times with his hands that he was not willing to go off, and eventually turned his head away from Enrique to continue ignoring his instructions. Minutes later, it was Neymar who made way for Munir El Haddadi instead.

Ronaldo also refused to listen to Zinedine Zidane's orders in a UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich two years ago, but made up for his refusal to be taken off by scoring twice in extra-time to help Los Blancos knock the German giants out of the tournament.

Chelsea Goalkeeper Comments On Refusing To Be Subbed

Several other big names, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, feature in the list – click though the gallery above to see them all!

What did you think of the Arrizabalaga incident? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mar 10, 2019 09:40 PM

CR7 refused for the correct reason n m sho Zidane shook his hand with great pleasure that he did go off.

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Mar 08, 2019 02:02 PM

Players should respect the decisions taken by coaches. In other cases the coach wants to rest certain players for the next important fixture, seeing that they have won the current one.

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Mar 03, 2019 02:38 PM

Lucas Radebe refused t be replaced by Jeff Butler and continue t play 90 minutes for Chiefs vs Cape Town spurs. Chiefs went on to win 3-2 but Lucas could not play about 5 games that fallows. It was latter revealled that the reason for proposed replacement was bcs he broke his big toe but he chose to play through pain on the day For the love of his team.

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