The most hated of football’s worst players? Here’s the list


The worst of the worst in football are the ones you probably never heard of.

But you do know the name of one of the most despised.

He’s a player whose name has been immortalised in the media for his appalling performances in England’s top division.

The legend has been alive and well for a very long time, as the list below shows.

So who is he?

I’ve spoken to many football fans in England who know little about him.

His name is David Lattimore, and his career is a fascinating one.

It started when he played for Newcastle United, who won promotion from the Championship in 1999, and then to Liverpool, where he was part of the side that won the FA Cup in 2004.

Lattimore started his career at Everton, before moving to Manchester United in 2003, where his career was cut short by injury and he ended up on loan at Arsenal in 2006.

Then, at a time when he was already a successful player, he was offered a new challenge by Manchester City, but he turned it down and joined Sunderland in 2007.

The following year, after two years on loan with a number of other clubs, Lattice joined Leicester City and he joined the club in 2012.

After two years, the 24-year-old joined Everton for the rest of the season and went on to play more than 300 games for the club.

Latimore made more than 1,000 appearances for Everton and won four league titles, two League Cups, the FA cup and the Champions League.

His performances at the club helped convince Arsene Wenger to sign him to a new contract in 2014, but the signing was a flop, as Lattie was sent to Manchester City as part of a deal for Sergio Aguero.

Everton were relegated from the Premier League after a season that saw them finish third in the table.

But Lattices impressive performance in the club’s final game helped the club survive the drop, and in May 2019, Lettice joined Tottenham Hotspur as a free agent, having turned down a move to Arsenal for his services.

In 2019, the midfielder made his debut for Tottenham, scoring his first goal in a 1-1 draw against West Ham United, before helping the club to their first Premier League title in 20 years.

The next year, Lottie joined the champions Liverpool, who finished in the top half of the table and made the Europa League final.

He was part, along with fellow Liverpool man Steven Gerrard, of the celebrations at Anfield following the win over Bayern Munich, with Liverpool’s fans singing “You can’t quit me!”

At Liverpool, Latto was given a new deal, but that was cut down by injury in October 2020, which left him with no option but to leave the club and join Chelsea.

The player signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, but it was not a one-year deal.

He started the season as a substitute in the team’s 2-0 win over West Ham, but was replaced in the 90th minute of the game after suffering an injury.

That would see Latto return to the bench for the final three games of the campaign, with Chelsea ending their campaign in the Europa Cup final, the final of the Champions league and the League Cup.

That was when Latto made his biggest impact for Chelsea, scoring seven goals in just nine games for his new club.

He played a key role in the first half of their title-winning season in 2019, when they won the league and then the league again.

A year later, Latti signed a four-year extension, with the player playing a further 50 matches in the coming years.

Lattimides best performance came in November 2018, when he scored against Arsenal in a 6-0 hammering of Chelsea, helping Chelsea to their third title.

The year that followed, LATTIMES best year was his debut season, when Chelsea reached the Premier to play Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

In the first 45 minutes of the match, Latta was sent off for a headbutt on Steven Gerrard.

In total, Latois 10-year career included 21 Premier League goals and four Champions League goals, and he is the first player to score a hat-trick in each of those competitions.

His career ended after the 2019-20 season, however, when Lattime suffered a broken leg and required surgery.

The injury forced Latto to retire from football.

At the time of his death, Lellie Lattire was the sixth best-paid player in the world, according to Forbes, and the most successful player of his generation.

His footballing career has also been chronicled in films, books, a memoir, and a video series.