7 Greatest Transfer Betrayal’s In Football
For football fans, the beautiful games is all about loyalty, but there have been times when the fans have had their love for a player turn into hatred in a matter of hours.
Even if the players go on to achieve bigger and better things, they remain traitors or “Judas” in the eyes of their former faithfuls.
Sol Campbell – Tottenham To Arsenal
The Spurs captain had promised the fans to stay at the club even after he rejected a contract extension.
Campbell allowed his contract to run out and made one of the most controversial move of the Premier League era, he moved from Tottenham to their bitter rivals Arsenal.
Unsurprisngly he was welcomed with tomatoes thrown at the Arsenal bus when he returned to White Hart Lane.
Wayne Rooney – Everton To Manchester United
From donning a shirt “Once a blue always a blue” to signing for bitter rivals Manchester United, Rooney has had to face heat whenever he has visited Goodison Park.
Even after reports that he could return to Everton before he retires, the question still remains whether the Everton faithfuls would want him back.
Ashley Cole – Arsenal To Chelsea
Destined to become a Gunner legend, Cole had his astonishing wage demands rejected by the Arsenal board and subsiquently joined bitter rivals Chelsea.
Cole was even given the un-famous nickname “Cashley Cole” and had fake 20 pound notes thrown at him on is return at the Emirates Stadium, but even with all the hate the Blues defender went on achieve great success at the West London outfit.
Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund To Bayern Munich
Gotze started his career as a youth player at Dortmund academy when he was just 8 years old.
Gotze was an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund team and even signed a contract extension claiming he wanted to be a part of clubs development, until bitter rivals Bayern came calling.
Dortmund was inducted in the ‘Judas Hall of Fame’ by Dortmund fans.
Robin Van Persie – Arsenal To Manchester United
Van Persie was already an Arsenal legend when Sir Alex came calling with a 20 million pound offer for the Arsenal captain.
To rub salt on the wounds of Arsenal supporters RVP scored an astonishing 25 goals for the Red devils and helped them lift the Premier League trophy, oh and he also scored against the Gunners.
Nick Barmby – Everton To Liverpool
Barmby made one of the most controversial transfers in English football’s history when he crossed from the blue to red in the merseyside area of England.
The fact that Everton were struggling during the period and Liverpool were chasing a treble did not help his case with the Toffee’s fan.
Even after 12 years he still faced an outburst of Everton fans when he last visited Goodison Park.
Luis Figo – Barcelona To Real Madrid
A legendary figure in football, was destined to become a Camp Nou legend but Figo committed the ultimate crime when he moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid came calling as they entered the Galactico era under Florentino Perez and Figo grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
The Camp Nou faithful hated the former Portugal captain to a level where they even threw a pigs head at him as he was taking a corner.