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Barton heads list of Premiership's 'most hated'

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton has nudged ahead of Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor in Sport.co.uk's controversial poll 'Who is the most hated Premier League player of all time?' Other contentious stars in the frame are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers), Ashley Cole (Arsenal, Chelsea), Robbie Savage (Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers), Craig Bellamy (Norwich City, Coventry, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Manchester City) and pantomime villains such as Vinnie Jones (Wimbledon), Duncan Ferguson (Everton) and Julian Dicks (West Ham United).

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