Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez voted ‘Greatest Sporting Villain of All Time’ ahead of Diego Maradona and

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ESPN’s ‘Head in the Game’ podcast called for fans to cast their votes based on athlete’s on-field performances

Luis Suarez has been voted as ‘The Greatest Sporting Villain of All Time’ by fans for his on-field antics.

ESPN’s ‘Head in the Game’ podcast called for fans to cast their votes based on athlete’s performances in their chosen field.

Luis Suarez infamously bit Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup

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Luis Suarez infamously bit Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup

The Barcelona striker has courted controversy throughout his career and is widely remembered for his incredible ability as much as his shameful acts.

Be it his handball against Ghana at the 2010 World Cup, his racist abuse of Patrice Evra or the various acts of biting opponents, Suarez is never far from the headlines.

Even Liverpool fans who once adored the Uruguay striker turned on him after his shameless performance against them in the Champions League semi-final.

But to see him top this list is somewhat surprising, given the infamous names alongside him.

The former Liverpool striker deliberately handles a Ghana header off the line in 2010

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The former Liverpool striker deliberately handles a Ghana header off the line in 2010

Scroll down to see the entire top 10, in ascending order, of the ‘Greatest Sporting Villains Ever’

10. Roy Keane

Roy Keane’s scraps with Patrick Vieira were legendary

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Roy Keane’s scraps with Patrick Vieira were legendary

9. Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup for doping violations

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Diego Maradona was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup for doping violations

8. David Warner

Australian cricketer David Warner cries at a press conference after being banned one year by Cricket Australia for ball tampering

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Australian cricketer David Warner cries at a press conference after being banned one year by Cricket Australia for ball tampering

7. Sergio Ramos

Who could forget THAT tackle on Mohamed Salah

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Who could forget THAT tackle on Mohamed Salah

6. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr beat up Tenshin Nasukawa – despite being heavier, taller and more experienced

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Floyd Mayweather Jr beat up Tenshin Nasukawa – despite being heavier, taller and more experienced

5. Diego Costa

Diego Costa was a pain for Premier League defenders when he was at Chelsea

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Diego Costa was a pain for Premier League defenders when he was at Chelsea

4. Jose Mourinho

The former Manchester United manager is a character, to say the least

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The former Manchester United manager is a character, to say the least

3. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson was disqualified against Evander Holyfield for biting his ear clean off

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Mike Tyson was disqualified against Evander Holyfield for biting his ear clean off

2. Joey Barton

The former QPR captain possessed a short fuse

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The former QPR captain possessed a short fuse

1. Luis Suarez

Suarez takes the top spot

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Suarez takes the top spot