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Monday, 10 June 2013

Football's five biggest traitors


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In the wake of the current Luis Suarez controversy, lets take a look at some other high profile footballers who went through with transfers that broke their fans’ hearts.

Figo-pigs-head1. Luis Figo

In 2000, Figo made a surprising 60m euro move to Barcelona's bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Many Barcelona fans felt betrayed by his transfer and turned against him, despite Figo having many years of success with Barcelona and having been a fan favourite for over five years.

When he returned three seasons later in a league match (2002), he got a heated reception from the crowd and many started throwing objects at him as he took corners and throw-ins, including a pig's head.

 

2. Sol Campbell

Campbell ran down his contract at Tottenham and signed for bitter rivals Arsenal on a free transfer. He could have gone anywhere in the world and he'd still have been revered at White Hart Lane. But he went there and will never be forgiven for it.

 

3. Nick Barmby

Left Everton for a sum of £6m to join Liverpool, where he won the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup. He proceeded to score against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

 

4. Ashley Cole

On July 28, 2006, Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea had been in "civil talks" about the player.

Chelsea insisted they would not raise their £16m bid for Cole, but Arsenal held out for at a higher valuation of £25 million.

Negotiations continued throughout August and looked to be heading for deadlock, but eventually Cole signed for Chelsea on 31 August for a fee of £5 million.

Arsenal had offered Cole a longer contract to stay at the club, but he had been left "trembling with anger" when they offered him wages of £55,000 per week, whereas Chelsea were offering him £90,000 a week.

 

5. Harry Redknapp

He may not be a player, but boy, did he upset a lot of people.

He was Portsmouth manager, before he left the club to join Southampton. He then left Southampton to return to Fratton Park after taking the St Mary’s side down to the Championship. He then left Portsmouth again to join Tottenham Hotspur, upsetting his former fans at West Ham United.

Calling all football fans: Do you agree with our list? Are there bigger traitors out there who have been left off the list? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

Article by Joshua Furtado

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