Seeing the offside flag go up is probably the most frustrating thing in football, but it’s something that simply can’t be avoided.
Some players, though, are more prone to roaming offside than others and the list below names the ten players who have been flagged the most since recording of stats in the Premier League began in 2006/07.
Scroll down to find out who they are.
10. Wayne Rooney (179)
The Manchester United legend left the Premier League this year and is now plying his trade in the MLS with D.C. United.
The forward is both Manchester United and England’s all-time leading scorer, and his attacking ambition saw him get flagged offside 179 times during his top flight career.
9. Christian Benteke (181)
Now into his third season at Crystal Palace, the Belgian will be hoping to revive his career this season and he could definitely help himself by checking his runs better.
Benteke has recorded 181 offside calls (as of 21/8/18) since he moved to the Premier League in 2012, so it’s something he might want to work on.
8. Bobby Zamora (183)
Bobby Zamora, 37, last played for Brighton, where he made his name early in his career before making several moves. The English forward has also played for the likes of Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.
Over the course of his Premier League career, Zamora prompted linesmen to raise their flags on 183 occasions. He did score decent numbers to make up for that, though.
7. Nicolas Anelka (184)
The controversial French striker was quite the journeyman during his playing days and represented some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Anelka ended his career in India with Mumbai City and joined the technical staff of Dutch side Roda JC early last year.
He was flagged offside a total of 184 times in Premier League action for various clubs.
6. Gabriel Agbonlahor (195)
Gabby Agbonlahor spent 17 years with hometown club Aston Villa before leaving at the end of last season due to his contract not being renewed. The striker, who was capped by England on three occasions, spent all of his career with the Villans, save loan spells with Watford and Sheffield Wednesday.
The 31-year-old is currently a free agent. And who knows? He just might engineer a return to the Premier League, but it’s unlikely he’ll add much to the 195 offside calls he fell victim to when he was there before.
5. Robin van Persie (198)
Robin van Persie will go down as one of the Premier League’s best imports. The Dutchman was waved offside 198 times during his stints with Arsenal and Manchester United before leaving for Fenerbahce three years ago.
He has since returned to Feyenoord, where he kicked off his senior career way back in 2001.
4. Dimitar Berbatov (238)
Another fine Premier League import, Dimitar Berbatov proved one of the most graceful strikers the top flight has ever seen.
The Bulgarian, who seemed to break down defences and score almost effortlessly, was also prone to wandering offside and was found guilty of the offence a whopping 238 times.
3. Darren Bent (276)
Darren Bent spent several years playing in the top flight for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Aston Villa.
The striker, who also appeared for England 14 times, waded offside on 276 occasions in the Premier League.
2. Jermain Defoe (314)
The Bournemouth striker has been around the block and back and has shown remarkable longevity. Defoe, 35, is still competing at the highest level, having started off in 1997.
Given the amount of Premier League football he’s played, his 314 offside calls are understandable. But there’s no reason why the next player should be number one on this list.
1. Emmanuel Adebayor (328)
Jermaine Defoe has every right to be the most flagged attacker on this list, but he’s somehow been usurped by Emmanuel Adebayor, who hasn’t been in the Premier League since 2016.
The Togolese forward has had the linesman’s flag raised on his account a record 328 times during stints with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
Defoe, on the other hand, is still in the top flight. So moving ahead of Adebayor this season does remain a possibility.