The evolution of this term has a mythological story behind it. As per the Greek Mythology, a hunter named Narcissus lived a long time ago. Being possessed by incredibly good looks, he was filled with extreme self-pride. He despised those who cared about him. Once, Goddess Nemesis decided to teach him a lesson and lured him towards a river.
Narcissus saw himself on the reflection of the water and instantly fell in love with the image. Eager to embrace the vision he tried lowering himself and pushed both hands to grab it. However, he lost balance and drowned in the pool. This is how the term ‘narcissism’ came into existence.
What is Narcissism?
It is a state of being when a person loves himself more than anyone else. The situation gives way to a kind of superiority complex.
Are Professional Sportsmen thorough Narcissists?
It is believed that professional athletes stand out among the rest of the population owing to their incredible commitment to their chosen sport. Many think that narcissistic personality disorder is more dominant in collegiate and professional athletes. Research and studies have revealed an active link between NPD and professional athletes.
Many managers and players in the footballing fraternity radiate narcissism. They are so much in love with themselves that they can’t stop showering themselves with praise.
Here are some interesting characters who ooze pure unadulterated Narcissism:
- Jose Mourinho
This football player had once said, “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I am a European champion, and I think I am a Special one.” Ranked as one of the best tacticians in the present era, Mourinho is disliked more than he is liked due to his narcissistic personality. He won the league with Real Madrid. Mourinho emerged as the only manager in history to win league titles in England, Portugal, Italy, and Spain. He asked the press to no longer address him as the ‘Special One,’ but the Only One. Mourinho has always been famous for making statements that inflated his ego. This has also been a reason for his downfall in his past two clubs.
- Nicklas Bendtner
One of the famous quotes of Bendtner goes as – “If you ask me if I am one of the best strikers in the world, I would say ‘yes’ because I believe it.”
Bendtner is known for his bizarre behavior of enraging fans with his atrocious displays of incompetency – he misses easy goals very often. He makes them laugh with offensively hilarious claims about himself. As far as his cricket career is concerned, Bendtner showed a lot of potentials. However, lack of attention and dedication to the game made him lose the opportunity to rise as one of the best players in the world. Bendtner never focused on working hard. He directly went on to gloat about himself to the media. The splendor of his misconceptions was so high that he believed that he deserved to play and playing for only top rated clubs like “Real Madrid and Barcelona” could give him happiness.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan is an interesting personality. He had once quoted, “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.” “I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am.” In one of the most amusingly shocking statements, he had said, “A World Cup without me is not worth watching.”
It is believed that he had worshipped his image. Some also are of the opinion that Zlatan cannot bow to anyone, even himself. “That’s too uncharacteristic of the man,” they say. He is a legendary player (like Cristiano Ronaldo). It would not be wrong to say that his arrogance combined with hard work helped him to make it to the top. He had also won trophies for every club he played with. Of course, these consistent winning events inflated his narcissistic complex even further. A true narcissist he is!
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- Mario Balotelli
Balotelli had once said, “Only Lionel Messi is better than me.” Famous for a long list of his misdeeds, many remember him for the off-field controversies. These are more popular and talked about that his time on the playing field. He was at Manchester City when he audaciously claimed that only Lionel Messi is better than him. That was also the time when he was causing more problems for his team than the opposition. Balotelli was either invisible in games or into something senseless such as burning down his own home!
This narcissistic did nothing but went on making big empty claims.
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Well, this list is incomplete without mentioning Ronaldo, the Portuguese who has often been branded as a selfish, arrogant, narcissistic footballer. His activities simply frustrate his teammates at Real Madrid. Hence, most people advise their kids to look for better role models in the arena. This elite player is capable of bragging about his superiority, and why not, he is one hell of a player!
The outspoken player with petulant nature is disliked by many fans. This is also the reason he has been booed in every stadium that he has played. He is immensely talented and among the most narcissistic footballers on this planet.