However, you may now add 'ignorant moron' to that.
Social media site Twitter has often seen many a person (famous or not) put their foot in it. Last night, Mr Babel had a performance on it which was worse than many of his displays in a Liverpool shirt.
He had a snide dig at his old boss Benitez who is now at Real Madrid. A female user of Twitter replied to defend Rafa. Then Ryan showed his true colours....
Then again, is it surprising such misogynistic views are held by a man once thought nothing of posting nude pictures of his girlfriend on another social media site (instagram - whether she agreed to the publication of them is unknown) and who plies his trade with a club in the UAE? A nation that does not have a good record when it comes to equal rights (https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/03/08/time-take-action-women-united-arab-emirates).
A product of his environment - yet many are but still manage to rise above it. Sadly such behaviour as expressed by Babel last night is nothing new when it comes to football.
The women's game has grown considerably over the last two decades. The recent World Cup attracted millions of viewers in the UK (one can remember a time when all you knew about such an event was a footnote in the results section of The Guardian newspaper).
Participation numbers - especially in USA and Germany - are on the up while England's semi-final run in the last World Cup has generated huge amounts of interest down south.
Scotland's own progress has seen its national team consistently improve (indeed we can boast about having one of the world's best players, Kim Little) while Glasgow City have made great progress in the Champions League.
No longer does a top Scottish player have to emigrate and take up a different nationality in order to make a living from her sport like the legendary Rose Reilly had to do in the 1970s.
Reilly, who once played for a kids team under the cover as a boy and attracted the interest of a Celtic scout before he had to be told the truth, would go on to win a World Cup winner's medal while representing Italy.
But we are sure the Scottish Football Association knew what they were doing when they scandalously left her and other talented Scots in isolation.
Thankfully, the SFA have long since realised the mistakes they made and made moves to rectify their previously-held back-dated stance.
Yet some dinosaurs are still around despite the footballing meteor blasting all their tired old bigoted mindsets out of the water.
Who can forget Mike Newell's infamous tirade against female match officials back in 2006 when, as manager of Luton Town, he said the following of assistant referee, Amy Rayner who had awarded a penalty against his team:
"She should not be here. I know that sounds sexist, but I am sexist, so I am not going to be anything other than that. We have a problem in this country with political correctness, and bringing women into the game is not the way to improve refereeing and officialdom.
"It is absolutely beyond belief. When do we reach a stage when all officials are women, then we are in trouble. It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women, you have big problems. It is tokenism, for the politically correct idiots."
Lest we forget Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho berating her and demoting her to 'training ground only duties in public because the medically unqualified football manager threw an inexplicable fit at the qualified Carneiro for doing her job last month.
Even in the world of football computer games, the dinosaurs still roar. An example is included below of the reaction to the FIFA 16 game including female players:
As for Scotland... we unfortunately have those still having difficulty in moving with the times - who can forget this from Tam Cowan? http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/tam-cowan-fir-park-should-2314034
And there are more like him (although Cowan did apologise for his article). As with Mike Newell and his ilk, they are very fond of throwing the 'politically correct' label as if it were a handful of mud at those who counter their crass argument in a bid to deflect attention from their ignorance being exposed.
Back in February 2013, Gordon Parks of the Daily Record had this to say about the women's game: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/spending-12m-womens-football-isnt-1731458
Not surprisingly, it angered many who read it as well as dismissing the intelligence of the reader as well. Name two Scottish female athletes? Easy - Eilidh Child and Lynsey Sharp. Name one current member of the Scotland women's squad? Well I've already mentioned Kim Little so Jennifer Beattie would be another. .
Laura Montgomery, who not only played for Glasgow City, founded the club and is the current general manager, put Parks straight in a televised debate on STV: http://news.stv.tv/scotland/215564-how-many-scottish-female-athletes-can-you-name/
During my days on the sports desk of The Glaswegian newspaper (now sadly defunct), covering Glasgow City was one of my duties.
Admittedly my own ignorance was exposed when one evening, a spectator at a Glasgow Warriors rugby match approached the press box and wanted to know why we didn't cover City?
A fair point to which I had no answer to. A brief outline of the club was given to me by my inquisitor and the following Monday a call was made to Laura.
From then on, the paper during the rest of my time there covered Glasgow City - whose own media relations put a lot of the press officers of the male clubs to shame with their mature attitude towards media coverage.
Following the STV appearance, I sent a message to Laura via her Twitter page enquiring on the level of coverage The Glaswegian had been giving City (the paper was still on the go then) since my departure in 2010.
She replied that it had gone downhill considerably. The person who had taken on my duties along with his own for that paper's sister title?.... Gordon Parks.
He did make an apology in a subsequent Daily Record column only two years later to show those words to be a 'token gesture' when the women's World Cup came around earlier this summer (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/gordon-parks-quest-find-quality-5945001).
There were others who throughout the World Cup made sneering, dismissive remarks via social media and made erroneous comparisons with the men's game (who you would think had never staged a dull nil-nil draw in its history given the way some were carrying on).
It was a throwback to when women's tennis was derided in the latter half of the previous century with male players like Steffan Edberg saying Steffi Graf couldn't beat the world's 500th ranked male (think the watching public would rather see her play Martina Navratilova or Monica Seles) and Richard Krajicek dismissing the top female players a 'lazy pigs'.
Not to forget the crass chauvinist himself, Bobby Riggs, who was thankfully put in his place by Billie-Jean King in the infamous 'Battle of the Sexes' match.
Such nonsense that had been flung at women's tennis seems to have been consigned to the pre-historic dustbin.
Football? While progress is being made, small pockets of ignorance - such as the rubbish espoused by Ryan Babel et al - are still making themselves heard.
Perhaps those in the equality for all faction need to make their own voices louder? They might have to.
The article below is taken from an edition of "The Boy's Pictorial" which was published on January 21st, 1921.
Compare the content from that piece with what has been written and said about women's football 90 years on, and the need to drown ignorance out becomes clear.