I don’t think there is a footballer on the planet who divides opinions more than Joey Barton of QPR. The midfielder is considered a maverick and a genius by some but a vile individual and fool by others. Today, he has taken to Twitter once again to air his views.
Joey Barton is 32-years-old and the Merseysider broke onto the professional scene at Manchester City when he graduated their youth academy. After 130 league matches for the club he joined Newcastle United where he featured in 80 league ties, signing for QPR in 2011. Barton also spent a season on loan in France with Ligue 1 club Marseille but now the midfielder is utilised by Harry Redknapp in the Premier League.
At every club he has played for, Barton has caused controversy with disagreements with management, fights with fellow players or brawls with members of the public. Barton is also known to be open about his views on Twitter often berating politicians, public figures, religions and other football teams. Today his target was BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner, Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton.
Joey Barton tweeted his discontent as golfer Rory McIlroy was beaten to the trophy: “Can’t believe they gave SPOTY to Hamilton. 1. Formula 1 is the most boring sport ever. 2. He brought a dog with him. 3. He’s a tax exile.” He continued in another tweet: “Tax exile’s should be exempt from winning trophies paid and voted for by the tax/licence payer,” and “He should never have won. He is a terrible role model to any Britain. What precedent does that set. Bad day in our history.”
Barton’s unnecessary rant at Lewis Hamilton has seen him come under heavy criticism from the sporting world and public, despite the footballer retweeting those who agreed with him. The question of course is how can Barton in particular be the one to call someone a “terrible role model”? It’s beggars belief, with Lewis Hamilton winning the vote by a country mile last night at the BBC’s annual awards.
What is your view on Joey Barton and his rant against Lewis Hamilton?