It’s safe to say that Twitter and Premier League footballers haven’t always been a match made in heaven. Sometimes, they should have just sat on the bench. With no wifi. And no access to a smartphone. At all.
But no. Each and every one of our star players has a Twitter account, giving their PR agents sleepless nights and us, their adoring fans, a steady stream of hilarious banter that, once posted, is rarely forgotten. It seems that a whole generation of footballers have suddenly become commentators on not only matches or on-field antics, but the world as they see it. Here are a few of our favourite players who are a bit too trigger happy with their fingers when it comes to Twitter.
The Kenyan-born Tottenham Hotspur superstar who captains the Kenya national team is known for his sportsmanship and leadership qualities. On the field, he’s a dynamic and interesting-to-watch player. On Twitter, however, he’s a master of the mundane. One of our favourite Tweets from Wanyama came as he was munching through his dinner one evening. Tweeting to his 250,000+ followers, he simply said: ‘I hate spaghetti and it was very nice. I enjoyed it’. Amazing. Follow Wanyama here.
Paul Labile Pogba
The Frenchman who plays for Manchester United and the France national team is one of the most high-profile Muslim players in the world. He was introduced to the Islamic faith by his mother, Yeo Moriba, who he says is his inspiration. Pogba is a Twitter comeback king. Once, when a fan tweeted him to say: “I tried changing my hairstyle to be like Pogba and now my girlfriend hates me”, Pogba tweeted back: “Change the girl mate, keep the hair.” Join 3.9million others and follow him here.
We think Rooney’s tweets are the stuff of genius. The Telegraph ran an article on his more off-the-wall tweets: ‘Forget the striker’s 50 goals for England, Wayne Rooney’s tweets are by far his most entertaining contribution to English football,’ they screamed. Enjoy Rooney’s ongoing tweet-extravaganza by following him, but be warned that sometimes he tweets things like: “Mate mate mate mate mate.” He currently has more than 14.3million followers.
It’s safe to say that Peter Crouch has struggled for game time at Stoke recently. But he’s taking it in good stride (he is rather tall, after all). The self-deprecating forward is becoming known for his witty Twitter comebacks when the trolls are out. One of our favourites occurred when someone called Jordan Diamond tweeted Crouch that ‘you ruin my life on [the video game] FIFA’. Crouch responded by saying, ‘At least I’m getting a game somewhere!’ Genius. Follow the Crouch here.