Football hardman Thomas Gravesen once lost his mind and swung at Robinho

Thomas Gravesen isn't exactly the last man you'd expect to be involved in a bizarre training ground scrap with a teammate, is he?

The Danish international was your classic football hardman. A tough-tackling midfielder with an ability to see red in an instant, and In 2006 his teammates at Real Madrid got a first-hand look at his madness.

During a pre-season training camp in Austria, Gravesen flew into a tackle on newly-signed Brazilian youngster Robinho.

Tempers immediately flared, and the former Everton midfielder lost it and started throwing punches at the young forward as others ran over to try and separate them.

Photos of the incident show just how incensed Gravesen was, and from the sounds of it even Madrid boss Fabio Capello – the man who once made Stuart 'Psycho' Pearce quake in his boots – admitted he was afraid of him.

"He's just a little bit peculiar. I don't mess with him," Capello said.

Gravesen had arrived at the Bernabeu a year-and-a-half prior following a contract dispute which allowed him to leave Everton for peanuts.

He had become a fan-favourite during a five-year spell at Goodison Park, but swapped it all to share a dressing room with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Luis Figo, Michael Owen and Roberto Carlos.

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The 29-year-old settled in well and even scored on his debut, but following the sacking of Real coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo – the man who brought him to the club – the Dane found himself on the bench.

And after trying to rearrange Robinho's facial features ahead of his second full season in Spain, he lost Capello's trust.

"His behaviour is like this, and I don't like it, everything has to be done like he wants it to be done," the Italian manager said.

Less than two weeks later, Gravesen was sold to Celtic, ending his memorably bizarre spell with Europe's biggest club side.

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