Footballers are always tempted towards a move to bigger clubs for various reasons,be it money or glory,fame or success.But not everytime these moves pays off,sometime this leads them towards downfall in their career.Today we will have a look at few such footballers whose careers were ruined with a wrong decision to change the club.
Here is our list of ‘Footballers Who Ruined Their Career By Switching Clubs’.
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Víctor Valdés is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Middlesbrough.Victor Valdes was a important squad member for Barcelona for many years.He won numerous trophies there including La Liga,Champions League and much more.However Valdes chose to decline a contract and leave Spanish giants, Barcelona in search of new experiences.And eventually ended up at Manchester United.But bad luck has followed the veteran since, as injuries at first and then Louis Van Gaal have effectively reduced his Manchester United career to the bench.A rift with boss Van Gaal saw him being loaned out to Standard Liège,having signed for Boro this summer, Valdes might not be far from playing football again.
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Jack Rodwell is an English professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Sunderland. Rodwell joined Everton’s academy at the age of seven, and made his debut in 2007.Many expected great things from this budding English midfielder during his time at Everton,he caught the eyes of many big clubs and was even called up for the National squad as well. However, the £15 million transfer to Manchester City was a flop.He only managed 16 apps in his two seasons at the club.
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Arguably already a Liverpool legend, Owen was hugely popular both at Anfield and in the England setup for his massive talent and hard work that also won him the prestigious Ballon D’or in 2001.However his decision to join Real Madrid turned the trajectory of his career.Once he left Anfieid, he’d be plagued with injuries for the rest of his life and would rarely get off the bench in a match. Perhaps he wasn’t suited for Madrid, which is a matter for debate. He wasn’t fast to get behind the defenders and escaping an offside. Owen returned to England with Newcastle and after suffering injury woes at the club moved to Manchester United where he was a bit part player. A move to Stoke City followed and he retired there without any fanfare.
He is no.8th in out list of ‘Footballers Who Ruined Their Career By Switching Clubs’.
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7.Shaun Wright Philips
Shaun Wright-Phillips is an English professional footballer who currently plays for the New York Red Bulls.Little Shaun Wright-Phillips could be a magician at times. With pace to burn, he was a tricky winger and his form for Manchester City almost a decade ago.He was a fan favourite at Manchester City.His perfomances earned him a dream move to Chelsea worth £21 million.Wright-Phillips never really showed the same form at Chelsea and was mainly a bit-part player down there, scoring just 10 goals in 124 appearances in all competitions.He moved back to City as a shadow of the player he once was and then to QPR.
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Roberto Soldado is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plays for Villarreal CF as a striker.Soldado was a lethal striker for the Spanish club Valencia before joining Spurs in the summer of 2013.The move was a disaster for the striker.Not only his form dipped but he also lost his place in the national team.He was included in The Telegraph website’s list of the “10 worst buys of the Premier League season”.After 2 disappointing season at White Hart Lane he went back to Spain to play for Villareal.
The Spanish International is ranked 6th in ‘.Footballers Who Ruined Their Career By Switching Clubs’.
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Scott Andrew Sinclair is an English professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for Aston Villa.He joined Swansea from Chelsea and become an integral part of their squad that achieved promotion to the Premier League and subsequent survival in the English Premier League.However When Manchester City came calling last summer with an £8 million transfer fee, Sinclair jumped at the chance to join the then-champions, but it was surely a bad move for his career.He hardly got any playing time and was later sold to Aston Villa.
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Alex Song, is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona having spent last season on loan to West Ham.Alex Song had established himself as one of Arsenal’s most consistent and versatile performers, doing the dirty work which allowed Arsenal’s more creative players licence to roam forward.However his move to Barcelona didn’t go as expected for him.He struggled for playing time and couldn’t make any impact on the club.
He is 4th in ‘Footballers Who Ruined Their Career By Switching Clubs’.
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Radamel Falcao is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker French club Monaco, and captain of the Colombia national team.Falcao was one of the world’s best during his time with the Spanish club Atletico Madrid.He left the club for French side A.S.Monaco,where he performed reasonably well.He later joined Man United on loan,where he was a complete flop and was later loaned to Chelsea,where he struggled for game time .
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This guy needs no introduction.From a Ballon D’Or winner with A.C.Milan to a bench Warmer at Real Madrid,Kaka’s story is heartbreaking.Kaka picked up an injury early on in his Real Madrid career. It was an injury that seemed to cause him to lose the blistering pace that made him so frightening to play against.He later returned to Milan and currently plays in the MLS.
He gets the 2nd place in ‘Footballers Who Ruined Their Career By Switching Clubs’.
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In 2007 Liverpool signed Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid, they’d bought a young man who was at the peak of his powers. He was sensational.
He had a fantastic understanding with Steven Gerrard and at times, those two players won games for Liverpool that, in all honesty, they should’ve lost. Torres left Liverpool for Chelsea in 2011 for a British-record fee of £50 million. Since then, Torres has never been the same player he was when he arrived in England. It’s a shame because when he was on top of his game, there was no better striker in Europe.Now, it wasn’t all Chelsea’s fault, as it looked like Torres wasn’t able to ever fully recover from an injury he sustained at Liverpool, but it is fair to say that these two never gelled.