The popularity of football has grown leaps and bound in the past decade. Football players are being paid thousands of dollars to kick the ball around for 90 minutes and more and more controversies are being reported every day. What has always been there about footballers is their hooking up with beautiful models and then breaking up with them to hook up with some other beautiful woman. Sex scandals have always been a part of the football culture. Here are the top 10 sex scandals involving people in the football community that rocked the world.

1) Oliver Kahn (2003)
Regarded as one of the best goal keepers the game of football has seen, Oliver Kahn was a feisty character on the field. Off the field though, he was far from clean. In 2003, Oliver Kahn leaving his 21 year old girlfriend, Verena Kerth who was pregnant with his child resulted in a national outrage. Oliver Kahn and Verena Kerth were happily dating and the German press had tagged them as Germany's answer to Beckham and Posh but things went downhill and he left her. It was reported than Kahn's team mates at Bayern Munich were disgusted at what he did.

2) Frank Ribery – Karim Benzema – Sidney Govou (2009)
Prostitution is legal in France, but not of the girl is under 18 years of age. It is believed that in 2009, French footballers, Ribery, Benzema and Govou had sex with Zahia Deher, a call girl. The controversy surrounding this is due to Zahia being underage when this act allegedly took place. Zahai turned 18 in 2010 and gave an interview expressing how shocked she was to know that the footballers who treated her with 'utter respect' could go to jail over having sex with her when she was underage. Whilst this case is still going on and no verdict has been known, the legal representatives of the footballers have claimed their clients never had sexual intercourse with Zahia.

3) Ashley Cole (2010)
Ashley Cole wouldn't have had a better life even if God wanted him to give one. He was playing for Chelsea, earning millions of pounds and was married to a celebrity, The Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole. But, the fairytale had to end and when it did, it ended on a sour note. Cheryl Cole got hold of Ashley Cole's phone once and saw that he was sending naked pictures of himself to a glam model. Cheryl and the world couldn't believe it at first that anyone could cheat on someone like Cheryl. She divorced him immediately after she got to know about his unfaithfulness.

4) Wayne Rooney (2010)
Wayne Rooney had already been in the headlines due to his visit to a brothel before another sex scandal that rocked English football in 2010 as reports of him bedding an escort Jennifer Thompson when his wife was pregnant with his son appeared.  Jennifer sold her story to the News of The World and claimed that she and Rooney had sex several times in those 4 four months and that she charged him 1000 pounds a night. Meanwhile, Coleen forgave Rooney and the couple now has another son and appears to be happy.

5) Ryan Giggs (2011)
Few players in modern day football have enjoyed a cleaner career than Ryan Giggs has. Having played over 950 games for Manchester United and not been sent off even once and won everything that's there to win, Giggs has been a model professional on the field. Everyone thought he was as clean off the field too until the reports of him having 8 years long affair with brother Rhodri Giggs' wife started surfacing. Natasha Giggs claimed she slept with him several times before the news broke out. Giggs was also involved in an affair with former Miss Wales Imogen Thomas.

6) Ronaldo (2008)
Brazilian Ronaldo was by far the most devastating striker of the football of modern day. But, what did Ronaldo do that was so bad that he said "this will stain my life forever"? Well, he dropped off his girlfriend to her home and while coming back picked up 3 prostitutes to his hotel room. Little did he know that all of them were transvestites and Ronaldo got the shock of his life when he found out that they were in fact, men. Ronaldo has never been shy of admitting this and claims that he only wanted to 'amuse himself.' Well, let's hope he was successful in that.

7) Garrincha (1959)
Regarded as one of the most gifted and best football players to have ever played the game, Garrincha was a spectacular on the field and that earned him a nick name the 'little bird.' Outside the football pitch though, Garrincha was a bit of a sex addict. Playing for the club Botafogo, he went to Sweden on tour and impregnated a girl there. He also ran over his own father as he was found driving under the influence of alcohol. It didn't stop here as later he left his wife and children for a Samba girl.

8) Israel National Team (1999)
Israel has never been a good football team and isn't particularly known for their good performance on the field. But, their 5-0 defeat to Denmark in 2000 raised some eyebrows as the investigation behind their heavy defeat began, shocking things were revealed. The Israeli Football Association revealed that players had ordered prostitutes in the hotel rooms on the night they should have ideally taken a rest for the game that was on the next day. Hotel staff found many used condoms in their rooms and it was pretty evident that this was the reason for the players under performing on the field the next day. Even though the names were not revealed, four players were fined and sent home after the incident.

9) Tommy Docherty (1977)
There's no job in the world that's bigger than the managerial job at Manchester United. Tommy Docherty had just won the F.A. Cup with Manchester United and every looked bright until he revealed that he was having an affair with club's physiotherapist's wife. She was 18 years younger than Docherty but he claimed it was love that swept him away. United sacked him after the news and it also resulted in the end of a 27 years old marriage with his wife as she divorced him. It is believed that they both are still together, so the love thing may not have been a blatant lie after all.

10) John Terry – Wayne Bridge (2010)
In January news broke out that John Terry had an affair with then teammate Wayne Bridge's ex girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel who was also the mother of Bridge's child. The news didn't shock many as John Terry is a shady character but it still dominated the headlines for months afterwards. Fabio Capello being England football team coach had to decide whether Terry could continue being the captain of the national team. He was eventually stripped off the captaincy as Wayne Bridge decided to retire from International football. Wayne Bridge refused to shake hands with Terry when the two players' teams played in the league against each other.

11) Evans Gwekwerere (2014)
Former Zimbabwe's Dynamos striker Evans Gwegwerere's photos with a Bulawayo raunchy dancer Thandie "Phongo" Sibindi went viral last year. Gwekwerere, a married man, is seen in the photos have a nice time with, Thandie, a dancer with the Dynamate Queens. Some of the photos which went viral show the woman who is giving intimate kisses to Gwekwereke naked, with nothing but a sky blue 'parachute' underwear covering her 'honey jar'. The footballer also grabbed headlines a few months before after he was accused of surrendering the outcome of his 'unprotected sex' to a Children's Home. Gwekwerere is alleged to have had unprotected sex with a model Joy Nicole Munodawafa whom he allegedly impregnated. Reports are that after birth, the footballer kept the baby girl a secret under the care of SOS children's home. The striker who is now based in Mozambique also played for Jomo Cosmos and Moroka Swallows in South Africa before being chucked out by the two teams.

12) Themba Zwane and Ayanda Gcaba (2015)
Two South Africa's Bafana Bafana players were distracted and horny during the Afcon tournament. Themba Zwane wanted Jozi student Leera (PICTURED) to send him a VAG!NA selfie. But Themba didn't know his teammate Ayanda Gcaba was also enjoying dirty talk . . . WITH THE SAME WOMAN! She promised him her VAG!NA as soon as he got home, to make up for the lack of goals in Equatorial Guinea. The WhatsApp chats went on for days, and the guys never found out that Leera was playing a double game. Themba got in first on 21 January, asking Leera for sex just two days before Bafana's game against Senegal. She responded by saying he'll get it on the same day they arrive back in Mzansi. Six days later, Ayanda asked Leera to send him a picture of her punani. She responded that she would send it the next time she took a bath. The leaked WhatsApp messages went on for several days, as Leera turned up the heat for the horny Bafana players.

13) Nyasha Mushekwi (2013)
Married but cheating Zimbabwean international striker Nyasha Mushekwi, got a high sex drive. His angry girlfriend, Thando Magwaza from South Africa, who was 22 then said Mushekwi offered to have sex with her cousin, Zintle Booi who is 2 years younger than Thando and is also a South African national. Thando and Zintle spoke exclusively about the wayward behaviour of her married lover. Thando, from Mondeor south of Jo'burg revealed that she was disgusted by Mushekwi's behaviour.

"We were in love and sex was great but things got nasty when he demanded sex with me and my cousin, Zintle," said the shocked girl.

She said Mushekwi took them to Caffe della Salute restaurant in Sandton. When they wanted to go home, Mushekwi said he wanted them to have a three-some sex session and he would book a hotel. Zintle said the disappointed Mushekwi then dropped them at the Gautrain station.

"Nyasha was angry and we chewed his money, but refused to have sex with him. He said we should pay him back," said Thando.

14) Oupa Manyisa (2013)
South Africa's Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa despite being a married man, has allegedly scored an own goal with Thato "DJ Heels" Makgaka. Manyisa denied that he'd got Heels pregnant. He said he would take a DNA test to prove he is not the baby daddy. But DJ Heels hit back hard!

In her letter she wrote: "We met at Silver Star Hotel in September 2013. Not only did you fool me, but my family too. You begged me to convince my parents not to take the pregnancy to your family and also wouldn't give me the address, so that left me with no choice but to protect you. You knew the condom burst but you did not bother to reveal that to me. I have proof (of that) in conversations we had on WhatsApp when you confessed it all to me – after I told you I was pregnant. Why you didn't tell me the condom burst immediately after seeing it? We could have easily prevented this situation . . . I mean, dude – morning-after pills!"

15) Prince Boateng (2011)
Ghana's Kumasi Asante Kotoko star player, Prince Boateng, was reported to be on the radar of the police for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old primary six school pupil in Kumasi. In February 2011, the soccer star, who lived in the same neighbourhood with the girl, reportedly went to a drinking spot operated by the victim's mother  at around 9.00pm and bought two 'tots' each of Herb Afrik and Madingo beverages. After slurping it down his throat, he allegedly lured the minor and succeeded in having hot sex bouts with her at the drinking bar. After the act, he allegedly warned her not to disclose it to anyone, or else she would die.

16) Zambian prostitutes (2012)
Zambian Prostitutes in Lusaka's Kanyama, John Laing, Chawama and Kalingalinga compounds offered themselves free of charge to every man as part of their celebration after Zambia beat Ghana 1-0 at the Nations Cup in February 2012. A check by The Independent Post at nightclubs such as Kanyama's Kanchembele and Chine Chikayeba found long queues of men waiting to have sex with a limited number of prostitutes.

A single prostitute served nearly 11 men and there were more than 200 men wanting to celebrate Zambia's first qualification to the Africa Cup final since 1994 in style. The situation was the same at John Laing's Corogo night Club which is situated just opposite John Laing Basic School. But at Corogo, a man in his mid twenties was beaten up after he took long to attain orgasm when his turn to have sex with the prostitute came.

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