Manchester United suffered horrific back-to-back defeats in the first two games of 2022. First, Brighton beat them 2-1 before Brentford hammered them 4-0. The smaller teams humiliated the global giant and enjoyed every moment of their victories (via TalkSport).
Brentford took to Twitter to celebrate their crushing win. Then, Brighton’s official page commented the following message as they trolled United. They wrote, “welcome to the club” in a moment of sheer brutality. It was a brilliant tweet as the Premier League sides joined forces.
The Lakers are one of the biggest NBA franchises today but they court a lot of drama. Meanwhile, they have a bit of a superiority complex over other teams. But this makes it easy for rival fans and franchises to hate them. The Pelicans trolled them brilliantly in July 2022 (via Fansided).
A Lakers fan page mocked the Pelicans because their official Twitter account’s profile was a selfie of their players. Then the Pelicans responded with a brutal putdown as they said that at least their athletes like each other. It was an intense dig and one that reverberated around the league.
It’s not easy to be a Russian soccer team in 2022 because they can’t play in continental competitions. Furthermore, a host of international stars left the league. However, Spartak Moscow retains a sense of humor and trolled Manchester United on Twitter (via Sportskeeda).
They created a mock-up of an Instagram exchange between them and Cristiano Ronaldo. They reject the Portuguese superstar who can’t find any love around Europe right now in the post. It was a parody of another joke post where Lionel Messi rejected Spartak’s advances.
The Raiders and Chargers didn’t enjoy too much success in the years before 2021. Yet they still engaged in the dumb “you had to be there” trend. They didn’t have much to celebrate but acted as though they were the best teams in the league (via Bleacher Report).
Then the Kansas City Chiefs came out of nowhere and obliterated them both. Check out their tweet above as they trolled their rival franchises in brilliant style. They mentioned their incredible winning record and exposed how stupid the other teams were. This infuriated a lot of fans but it was worthwhile.
Gavin Bazunu had a brilliant year with Portsmouth after he joined them on loan in 2021. He became their player of the season after he kept them in multiple games with big saves. Then he left the League One side after his loan expired. Suddenly, rivals Southampton swooped and signed the exciting goalkeeper.
Southampton also trolled their foes on social media. Portsmouth announced that Bazunu was their player of the year and Southampton left an emoji in response (via Daily Mirror). It was subtle but extremely petty and fans love that type of thing. In the end, it was a step up for the young Irishman.
The Browns and the Bengals are the two biggest sports franchises in Ohio. The pair have endured mixed fortunes over the past few decades but Cincinnati is on the rise. However, they woke up their state rivals when they posted a side-by-side image of their helmet update (via ESPN).
But the difference was minimal because they barely changed the shade of orange. Then Cleveland trolled the Bengals with a similar ‘update’ of their symphony orchestra’s logo. They fired shots but did so in a hilarious manner that ripped Cincinnati to shreds.
Mexican soccer fans are some of the most passionate on the planet. They also hate the supporters of rival teams and make this known. Sometimes the clubs stir the pot themselves with hilarious internet attacks. Here is an example of when Club America trolled Chivas (via 90 Min).
The Mexico City team aimed at their Guadalajara rivals with a funny promotional video. A Chivas fan falls asleep and then dreams of being a Club America supporter. He watches his new team win games and trophies but then he wakes up. Finally, he cries because he realizes that he is still a Chivas fan.
DeShaun Watson is one of the most polarizing NFL players on the planet. The alleged sexual abuser plays for the Cleveland Browns and is a brilliant quarterback. Some people overlook the former because of his talents. However, opposition fans make their feelings known when their team plays the Browns.
Jacksonville’s supporters trolled the QB when they met in a preseason game. They chanted: “You sick f***” repeatedly as they got into his head. We’ve tried to keep fans off this list but they spoke what everybody was thinking. Meanwhile, the stadium didn’t try to stop them either (via BroBible).
NFL teams love to troll each other especially when they have a rivalry. New York and Washington are two of the biggest franchises on the east coast and their relationship reflects this. In 2021 the Giants threw the game away against Washington after a shocking penalty execution.
Then Washington stole victory from the jaws of defeat with a field goal. They decided to rub salt into their rival’s wounds with a petty tweet. The Giants didn’t appreciate this but there was nothing that they could do about it. Perhaps they’ll take their revenge in 2022 (via Yardbreaker).
RB Leipzig is one of the most hated soccer teams in Germany. Rival fans despise them because the Red Bull franchise bought and developed the club. They think that the team has no history and that they’re effectively a glorified marketing ploy (via The Guardian).
German giants Borussia Dortmund hilariously trolled their rivals in 2019. This came when the 10-year challenge was a popular trend. They posted a side-by-side image of Leipzig’s 10-year history. But the punchline was that the East German team didn’t exist in the previous decade.
Some of the best troll jobs come out of nowhere. The Saints made headlines in 2022 when they tore into their divisional rivals, the Falcons. They ruthlessly trolled Atlanta after they installed a new express elevator at the Superdome. Check out their hilarious online assault below.
They released a graphic that said the elevator travels 28.3 times faster than before. This was unbelievably petty because the Falcons blew the same scoreline in Super Bowl LI. The Saints didn’t even play in that game but they were happy to remind their foes about it (The Spun).
Doug Pederson lost his job after pulling off one of the most shameless troll jobs in the history of the world. The Eagles played Washington in the final game of the season. They knew that a Washington victory would seal the division title for the franchise. However, the Giants were also in contention for the NFC East title.
If Philly beat Washington and the Giants won, then they’d proceed to the postseason. But they withdrew quarterback Jalen Hurts and effectively tanked the game. This infuriated the Giants who finished with a 6-10 record. They didn’t have a case but that didn’t stop them from complaining (via USA Today Sports).