Kepa saga: Ronaldo, Messi, 3 other players who refused to be substituted

Kepa saga: Ronaldo, Messi, 3 other players who refused to be substituted

The Kepa saga is still fresh in our memories as Chelsea number one Kepa Arrizabalaga got the world talking when he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City.

Maurizio Sarri and the coaching crew were livid with the Spanish goalkeeper and the Blues went on to lose the match on penalties.

However, it is not only Kepa that has disobeyed his coach in that manner, there are several other players who have exhibited the same action.

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Here are five players who have disobeyed orders from the bench

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Back in 2010 with AC Milan, the Swedish striker scored an acrobatic effort against Fiorentina and he hurt himself while celebrating.

Milan's boss at that time, Max Allegri called for his substitution but he blatantly refused after suffering the knock.

2. Carlos Tevez

During Tevez's spell at Manchester City, the Argentine had a couple misunderstandings with Roberto Mancini.

Before the final whistle against Bolton in 2010, he signaled to Mancini he was not ready to come off, which he later did after much pressure from the bench, but had heated exchanges with the coach.

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3. Lukasz Fabianski

In a Premier League game against Tottenham, the Poland goalie had a collision with Vincent Janssen in the 81st minute and a stretcher was sent to take him off.

Fabianski decided to continue and refused to get on the stretcher and Swansea City who were still 1-0 up, lost the match 3-1 as Spurs scored three goals in the last three minutes of the game.

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4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi openly disregarded Luis Enrique's instruction from the bench while Barcelona led Eibar by 3-0 with 15 minutes left to play.

Enrique's intention was to rest the Argentine for upcoming games but it was misunderstood as Neymar became the player that was substituted.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

During the 2017 Champions League second leg match quarter final match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Zinedine Zidane wanted to bring on Marco Asensio for Ronaldo as the match was heading into extra time.

The Portuguese talisman refused while Bayern were leading by 2-1 and the aggregate was even, but Ronaldo went on to score two extra time goals to lead Los Blancos into the semi finals.

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