But he is not the first player to get involved in a spat with his teammates.
Roy Keane, November 2005: Hardly regarded as the most diplomatic figure at Manchester United during his time at the club, Keane reserved one of his most stinging attacks for Rio Ferdinand following United’s defeat at Middlesbrough. Ferdinand had just signed a lucrative four-year contract at the club, but Keane cut the defender down to size in an interview which had to be pulled from the club’s TV channel, MUTV. “Just because you’re paid £120,000-a-week and do well for 20 minutes against Spurs, you think you’re a superstar,” Keane reportedly said.
Oliver Kahn, December 2007: Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld fined and suspended Kahn after he criticised new recruits Luca Toni and Frank Ribery following their arrival from and Fiorentina and Olympique Marseille respectively. He said: “One or two among the new players have to understand that here, two or three matches isn’t enough. Bayern is not Marseille or Florence, but rather AC Milan, Real, Barca and Manchester United.”
Daniel Cousin, December 2007: Cousin turned on his Rangers teammates with an attack on the Scottish culture just four months into his spell at the club. Cousin told a French newspaper: “The Scottish players like a good drink. What’s more, they put their beer in big glasses here. It’s as if they need it to recharge the machine. There are also chips and pizzas in the dressing room at the end of the match, plus Coca-Cola and ketchup.”
Roy Keane, February 2004: With United losing their grip on the title, Keane gave United’s youngsters a reality check ahead of their derby with Manchester City. “We have one or two young players who have done very little in the game,” he said. “They need to remember that and not slack off. They need to remember just how lucky we all are to play for Manchester United and show that out on the pitch.”