Australian Kevin Muscat named the dirtiest footballer ever | inside World Soccer

Spanish website El Gol Digital has compiled a list of the most violent players in the history of football and ex-Australia international Kevin Muscat has been dubbed the dirtiest player ever.

Kevin Muscat seems to have generated a whole hate industry of his own
Kevin Muscat seems to have generated a whole hate industry of his own

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The site posted a list of the 10 worst offenders of the past and present, including Pepe, Nigel de Jong, Roy Keane, and the infamous Andoni Goikoetxea.

In a professional career spanning 19 years from 1992 to 2011, Muscat received 123 yellow cards and 12 red cards.

Muscat first made a name for himself as a hard man in the United Kingdom while playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Glasgow Rangers, and Millwall.

The 40-year-old was dubbed the "most hated man in football" by then Birmingham City player Martin Grainger after a reckless tackle against Australia teammate Stan Lazaridis in 2000.

Ex-Charlton Athletic player Matty Holmes had to have four operations on his leg following a tackle by Muscat in 1998, and there were initial fears that his leg might have to be amputated.

But it was the shameful end to his A-League career that earned him this unenviable gong.

Footage of Muscat's vicious tackle on Adrian Zahra in 2011 - which resulted in a career ending suspension - went viral to become his lasting reputation in the world of football.

The list of dirtiest footballers is as follows:

1.Kevin MuscatAustralia
2.PepePortugal/Brazil
3.David NavarroSpain
4.Andoni GoikoetxeaSpain
5.Luis SuárezUruguay
6.Gennaro GattusoItaly
7.Roy KeaneRepublic of Ireland
8.Mark van BommelNetherlands
9.Marco MaterazziItaly
10.Nigel de JongNetherlands


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