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5 Players Who Refused to be Substituted During a Match

Sunday's Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City saw Kepa Arrizabalaga refuse to be substituted in extra-time after suffering a knock, leading to anger and disbelief for everyone watching in the stadium and across the world, including coach Maurizio Sarri.


This was not the first time a player disobeyed his manager's decision. Here are five such players who refused to be substituted during a game....

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

During his time at AC Milan, Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic blatantly refused to come off after suffering a knock.


Ibrahimovic scored a spectacular semi-overhead kick against Fiorentina in 2010. He then injured himself while celebrating the goal with his traditional fist-pump.


Milan's coach at that time, Max Allegri, thought of substituting the Swede but Zlatan turned down the decision.

4. Carlos Tevez

While playing for Manchester City, Carlos Tevez saw his number being raised on the sideline as part of a substitution planned by Roberto Mancini before the final whistle against Bolton Wanderers in 2010.


He signalled to the manager that he did not want to come off but eventually gave in to the reaction from the bench. 


Rather than simply soaking up the applause from the City faithful, Tevez then opted to publicly contest his manager's decision to remove him from action.

3. Lukasz Fabianski

Lukasz Fabianski got injured when he suffered a collision with Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur while playing for Swansea.


The board went up for Fabianski to be replaced by reserve goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, but the Poland international made it clear he was staying put.


He collided with Janssen in the 81st minute and a stretcher was sent on for the former Arsenal player, but he got to his feet, waved the stretcher away and decided to continue playing.

Mauricio Pochettino's side were trailing 1-0 until Alli struck in the 88th minute to equalise and Spurs sealed a stunning comeback against Swansea, with three late goals from Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen.

2. Lionel Messi

In 2014, then Barcelona coach Luis Enrique attempted to withdraw Lionel Messi from their La Liga clash with Eibar as his side was three goals ahead, with the Argentine having scored as well.


The coach made it clear that Messi would be rested for the final 15 minutes of the match, only for the forward to gesture that he wanted to stay on the field.


The two engaged in a war of hand-waving before Messi turned away his head, walking further up the field and ignoring his boss’ pleas. Neymar was eventually replaced as Munir El Haddadi took the field.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo refused to get subbed off while playing for Real Madrid in a crucial UEFA Champions League quarter-final encounter against Bayern Munich in April 2017.


Zidane thought it would be right to replace Ronaldo with Asensio as Bayern were leading 2-1 in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, thus keeping both sides level on aggregate over two legs. 


The Portuguese hitman had already scored the solitary goal for Madrid in the 76th minute of normal time. The match went into extra-time and Ronaldo eventually scored again in the 105th and 110th minute and led Los Blancos to victory.

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