The tensions are high at Stamford Bridge with the speculations of a possible sacking of Maurizio Sarri. However, it is Chelsea midfielder Jorginho that has been facing the stick from the fans since his arrival. The dip in Chelsea’s form and a streak of horrendous results hasn’t helped him much either. He was booed heavily when he came on as a substitute in the Europa League tie against Malmo.
Jorginho must not be disheartened as there are many footballers that have been at the receiving end of fan-fire but have still managed to rise higher than before.
Here’s a list for some immediate inspiration!
Who better than David Beckham to take as an example for rising up after being on the wrong side of the fans. Beckham has always had a thick skin and has counted on his performance to help him gain the fans back. The infamous sending off against Argentina had put him down, but he rose back and how.
Beckham faced a similar situation in The States, as he was booed by the fans when he returned from a loan spell with Italian side AC Milan. However, the fans had no choice but to hail his performance as he led his club to two MLS Cup victories.
Another favorite among fans, Wayne Rooney became an easy target as he asked for an exit from Old Trafford in 2010. He also made a mammoth error of flirting an idea of signing with rivals Manchester City. This behavior, obviously, did not go well with the United faithful.
The striker was then offered a new contract and was made the highest paid player at the club. However, Rooney had to issue a groveling apology to win the fans’ hearts. Eventually, Wayne made his exit from Old Trafford to join his former club – Everton. It all ended well for the Evertonian as he was received at the Theatre of Dreams with a standing ovation on making his return as a part of the Merseyside squad.
The things between Italian giants, Inter Milan, and their star striker Mauro Icardi are not at the most pleasant juncture. Icardi was recently stripped of his captaincy and there is no affirmation of a new contract either. However, Icardi has always been slightly off the grid when it comes to his relationship with the fans even after scoring 20+ goals ever since. In his autobiography, he claimed that he was “hailed a hero” for confronting the ‘ultras’. The club fined him and the ultras showed him their back as well, saying he was “finished.”
It would not be every day when you see your fans turn on you while the team has a 3-0 lead over the opposition. However, Lukaku faced the music as he missed an open goal in the same match. Scoring a goal later in the match did not help his cause either. However, Lukaku made a return to top form at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, scoring 4 goals and answering the fans as the Belgium side secured third place as well.