What World Cup villain are you based on your star sign?

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 12:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th May 2018, 13:48 pm

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. In less than a month, the greatest footballers players on the planet will take centre stage at this summer's showpiece tournament in Russia.

Some will emerge as heroes; others will become villains of the piece.

It remains to be seen who the good and the bad guys will be, but some would say it’s already written in the stars.

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Check below to find out what World Cup villain YOU are based on your star sign.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Luis Suarez, Uruguay

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was suspended from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

Towards the end of a Group D match, Suarez inexplicably bit the Italian on the shoulder following a tussle in the box.

The referee didn’t see the incident, which proved costly for the Azzurri, as Uruguay soon scored the only goal of the match.

Suarez has since opened a restaurant in Barcelona, though it's not known if he's ever invited Chiellini for a bite.

Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20)

Harald Schumacher, Germany

Harald Schumacher's assault on Patrick Battiston in the 66th minute of West Germany's World Cup semi-final with France in 1982 is one of the most shocking fouls ever witnessed.

With the scores tied at 1-1, and Battiston racing in on goal, the German goalkeeper raced from his line to smash hip and forearm into the face of his about-to-score opponent, shattering his jaw and removing three of his teeth.

Battiston was unconscious for three minutes and required oxygen to be revived before being taken to hospital.

How bad was it? Put it this way, at one point Michel Platini thought his team-mate was dead.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Rivaldo, Brazil

Rivaldo's embarrassingly theatrical dive in the Group Stage of the 2002 World Cup is one of the most controversial moments in the tournament’s history.

The Brazilian fell to the ground clutching his face after Turkey's Hakan Unsal kicked the ball at his leg while he was waiting to take a corner in the closing moments of the match.

Korean referee Yung Joo Kim showed Unsal a straight red card.

Afterwards, Rivaldo had the brass neck to admit he’d fooled the referee, shrugging it off as part and parcel of the game.

"I am not sorry about anything," the Brazilian forward said.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Antonio Rattin, Argentina

The 6ft 4ins defender etched his name into World Cup folklore - for all the wrong reasons - when he was red-carded in England’s controversial 1966 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina at Wembley.

The match was marred by violent play, leading England manager Sir Alf Ramsey to prevent his players swapping shirts with their counterparts. He was later reported as referring to the Argentinians as "animals", which didn't endear future squads to South American opponents.

Rattin refused to leave the pitch, leading to a long delay, and when he eventually did trundle off the park, he wiped his hands on a Union Jack pennant, much to the annoyance of the English crowd.

A pantomime villain, if ever there was.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Omar Borras, Uruguay

Drawn against Scotland, West Germany and Denmark in 1986, the Uruguay coach clearly told his players to go out and kick anything that moved. And this they did - Jose Batista of Uruguay was sent off within the first minute of the group's closing match for a scything challenge on Gordon Strachan, earning him the fastest red card in World Cup history.

Uruguay were responsible for some of the most shocking challenges you’ll ever see as they cheated in games from start to finish.

Zidane receives his marching orders

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Zinedine Zidane, France

Zinedine Zidane is without doubt one of the greatest players ever to play the game, but he went from hero to zero in the 110th minute of France's epic 2006 World Cup semi-final clash with Italy at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

With a place in the final on the line, and the French bossing the game, Zizou was shown a red card after headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest in retaliation to verbal provocation from the Italian midfielder.

With their talisman off the park, Italy went on to beat France 5-3 on penalties and book their place in the final.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Marco Materazzi, Italy

See above. There's no smoke without fire, and while it's easy to damn Zidane for his actions, Materazzi has since admitted he provoked the Frenchman by making a lewd comment about the star's sister, before he was head-butted.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Slaven Bilic, Croatia

With France leading 2-1, Croatian defender Slaven Bilic reacted to minimal contact from Laurent Blanc as though he'd been shot by a sniper.

Bilic spent an age rolling about on the turf with his face clutched tightly. The referee fell for it hook, line and sinker and the Frenchman was sent to the stands.

Les Bleus held on to win the semi-final, before going on to triumphing on home soil, but sadly for Blanc he was suspended for the final, despite having never previously been sent off in his long and illustrious career.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

Frank Rijkaard, Netherlands

We can all agree that spitting is disgusting, and what Dutch star Frank Rijkaard did to West Germany's Rudi Voller was utterly deplorable.

After a heated argument between the pair, Rijkaard spat not once, but twice, in Voller's permed locks.

Sure, the German forward’s mullet/tache combo was pretty offensive - but he didn't deserve that.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Diego Maradona, Argentina

Diego Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 Mexico World Cup quarter-finals against England is one of football's most iconic moments.

During the match, Maradona famously used his hand to knock the ball beyond goalkeeper Peter Shilton and open the scoring in a match that eventually finished 2-1 to the South Americans.

He also went on to score what became known as the 'Goal of the Century', beating six Englishmen on his way to putting Argentina two in front - but it could be argued he shouldn't have even been on the pitch at that point.

The ever-controversial Maradona later described his “Hand of God” goal as retribution for the Falklands War.

At it again? Nigel De Jong, this time against Austria

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Nigel De Jong, Netherlands

During the 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain, De Jong somehow escaped a red card for barbaric, studs-up, chest-high challenge on Xabi Alonso.

It was an absolute shocker, but somehow the referee saw fit to only hand out a yellow card.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

West Germany Squad, 1982

The “Disgrace of Gijón” is the name given to a 1982 World Cup match played between West Germany and Austria.

The match was the last game of the Group Stage, with Algeria and Chile having played the day before.

With the outcome of that match already decided, a win by one or two goals for West Germany would result in both them and Austria qualifying at the expense of Algeria, who had beaten West Germany in the first game.

The Germans went ahead after 10 minutes, thereafter the remaining 80 minutes saw practically no attempts by either side to score.

Both sides were accused of match-fixing although FIFA ruled that neither team broke any rules.

Were any of the players Capricorns? Surely, no?