The 50 Most Hated Athletes Right Now

32. Wayne Rooney

Sport: Soccer
Team: Manchester United
Hateful lowlight: Handing in a transfer request to Manchester United right before Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Imagine the virtrol American soccer fans have towards Landon Donovan, and then multiply that by about a trillion. That's how much the English hate Wayne Rooney right now, even though—like Donovan—he's their country's finest. He's won just about every trophy in club football, has smashed 141 goals for Manchester United and another 36 for England, but his poor form at the 2010 World Cup, his two attempts to flee United, and his repeated prostitution scandals (one even involved sex with a grandma when he was 18), has tarnished Rooney's reputation. Plus, his new hair plugs don't make the little piggy any less ugly than he was before.

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