TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO BETRAYED THEIR CLUB TO JOIN RIVAL TEAM.

CARLOS TEVEZ

(MANCHESTER UNITED ==> MANCHESTER CITY)

The Argentinian forward moved to the blue side of Manchester from the red side for a massive transfer fee of £22.5 million. He went on to win the Golden boot and Premier League with City. He is hated by Manchester United for his comments about Sir Alex Ferguson and also for the blue billboard erected by Man City with Tevez in the background with “Welcome to Manchester” printed on it.

SOL CAMPBELL

(TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR ==> ARSENAL)

The English centre back moved from Spurs to their North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001. Campbell spent 9 years at Spurs and captained the team to victory in the league cup. He was a huge success at Arsenal, winning two premier leagues and Fa Cups. He was also an integral part of “The Invincibles” team of the 2003-04 season that was undefeated in the whole premier league season. Many Spurs are still angry at him and label him as “Judas”.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

(JUVENTUS, INTER MILAN AND AC MILAN)

Zlatan is regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time and is one of the most popular sporting figures in the world. The Swedish legend has played for 3 Italian giants, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan. He has won 6 Serie A titles and three domestic cups during his time in Italy.

RONALDO

(INTER-AC MILAN, BARCELONA-REAL MADRID)

The Brazilian striker is one of the greatest players of all time. He is the only player to play for AC Milan- Inter Milan and Real Madrid- Barcelona. He has won numerous titles and honours throughout his playing career.

ASHLEY COLE

(ARSENAL ==> CHELSEA)

Ashley Cole made his debut at Arsenal after promotion from the youth team. He won two Premier League titles and 3 Fa Cups with Arsenal and was a massive part of the “Invincibles” team of the 2003-04 season. In 2006, he moved to rivals Chelsea after a prolonged transfer saga. The English full-back went on to win numerous titles with Chelsea and was one of the best left-backs in the world during that time. He holds the record for most Fa Cups in the history of English football.

LUIS FIGO

(BARCELONA ==> REAL MADRID)

The Portuguese midfielder is considered as one of the greatest players of his generation. He moved from Barcelona to arch-rivals Real Madrid in a controversial transfer in 2000 for a world record transfer fee of €62 million. He had a very successful and decorated career with countless trophies and awards. He holds the record for 2nd most assists (106) in La Liga only behind Lionel Messi.

ERIC CANTONA

(LEEDS UNITED ==> MANCHESTER UNITED)

Eric Cantona is one of the most iconic figures in world football. The French forward moved from the fierce rival Leeds United to Manchester United for £1.2 million. He transformed Manchester United under Sir Alex and is popular among United fans as “King Eric”.

JOHAN CRUYFF

(AJAX ==> FEYENOORD)

Johan Cruyff is considered one of the most influential and powerful figures in football history. Ajax decided not to offer him a new contract that angered Cruyff, who took his revenge by joining their archnemesis Feyenoord. This action by Cruyff broke many fans hearts. He only played one season for Feyenoord before retiring. The season was very successful for Feyenoord as they won Eredivisie for the first time in a decade.

MARIO GOTZE

(DORTMUND ==> BAYERN MUNICH ==> DORTMUND)

Germany’s World Cup hero, Mario Götze has one of the most fascinating club careers. He made his debut at Borussia Dortmund in 2009 and then moved to the rivals Bayern Munich in 2013 for €37 million making him the most expensive German player of all time. In 2016, Götze returned to Dortmund and admitted that he made a mistake by joining Bayern. He is considered one of the best talents Germany has ever had. He has not been able to live up to his potential because of injury issues and inconsistency.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE

(ARSENAL ==> MANCHESTER UNITED)

Robin Van Persie is one of the most lethal strikers the Premier League has ever seen. He scored a record of 35 goals in 2011 and was the club captain for the 2011-12 season before joining rivals Manchester United in 2012. Van Persie left Arsenal to win the league and ended up winning it next season and also won the golden boot award. He instantly became Red Devil fans favourite.

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