Check out this list of top 8 footballers who supported rival clubs in childhood. So what forced these superstars to play for the opposite?
1: Gareth Bale (Arsenal)
2: Isco (Barcelona)
Before signing for Real Madrid from Malaga, Isco revealed that was never a Madrista fan claiming the Los Blancos to be a arrogant club. His admiration towards Lionel Messi is so deep that he even named his dog after the Argentine.
3: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Liverpool)
Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed his massive admiration for the Merseyside rival in his biography ‘Baby Faced Assassin’. He was highly impressed by Liverpool’s success in the 80’s.
4: Jamie Carragher (Everton)
Carragher was born under a blue roof in Merseyside and was a huge Toffees supporter but later moved on to become a Liverpool great by racking up 700 appearances for the club. Liverpool is his family and he is now faithful towards the Reds for life.
5: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)
While playing for Inter Milan, the Italian confessed that he is a Milanista which angered Inter fans a lot. But do you think Balotelli cared much about it? Obviously no.
6: Raul (Atletico Madrid)
The Real Madrid legend came through the ranks of Atletico Madrid youth. He later joined the Galacticos team to become a part of huge success. His family members are massive Atleti fans and Raul still may have a place in heart for his old club.
7: Paolo Maldini (Juventus)
The AC Milan legendary defender received the ‘One Club Man Award’ in Bilbao’s St Mames stadium. He was known for spending his entire career at the club proving to be a faithful to the Rossoneri. Though, he confessed that he supported the Old Lady during his childhood but opted to play for Milan instead.
8: Andres Iniesta (Real Madrid)
The Barcelona midfielder confessed in a rare video footage about his desire for the Los Blancos. He is a product of the famous La Masia academy of Barcelona and one of the best midfielders to have graced the game of football. Iniesta could have fancied a move to the Spanish rivals but opted to write history with the Catalan giants.
9: Adam Lallana (Everton)
The English midfielder revealed that he was a Everton supporter when Liverpool signed him in 2014. He said: “Dad used to reminisce about the good old days when Everton won the old first division championship and the FA Cup back in the 1970s and 80s but they weren’t quite so good when I started supporting them.”
10: John Terry (Manchester United)
Speaking to the media in 2006, Terry had said that he was a he was a childhood Red Devil fanand the meeting with Ferguson was still stuck in his memory.
“I was Man United growing up,’ he said. ‘You know what it’s like when you’re a boy, you want to support the team that’s winning everything. And my dad and granddad were Man United fans.”
“But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it. But Man United also approached me.”
“I met Alex Ferguson – great to meet. During the school holidays I would go up to Manchester and train with their boys for two weeks, play a few games and come home.”