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From Legend To Bust – Sagas Of Transfers Gone Horribly Wrong

Jose Antonio Reyes (Seville to Arsenal)- 17 Million Pounds.


The promising youngster was brought by Arsene Wenger from Seville with a reputation to live up to during the Winter transfer window of 2003-04. His half season at the Emirates showed his promise but not the form expected from him. His next season start gave new hope to Arsenal in the player. But his form took a sudden dip after the defeat at Old Trafford. He went most of the remaining season without any outstanding performance. The most infuriating aspect of his failure was that his immense talent could not be unleashed by Wenger, even though he played with some of the most outstanding bunch of players and was given regular starts with the team. He was loaned out to Real Madrid before moving on to Athletico Madrid.

Ricardo Kaka (A.C.Milan to Real Madrid)- 65 Million Euros.


Arguably the one of the best player of his generation, Ricardo Kaka was the central figure of an all conquering squad at A.C.Milan. Real Madrid’s keen interest in the player was well known. Kaka fended off a transfer request in the winter transfer window of 2008-09. But, the Rossoneri could not retain the player. Scenes of fans standing outside his home as he held up his Milan jersey were soon removed from the magazines as he moved to Madrid during the subsequent transfer window. But his performances at Milan could not be replicated at Madrid as injuries plagued him. The emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the limelight off him and reduced him to playing second fiddle to Mesut Ozil. During the 2011-12 season, Kaka made some good outings but doubts still remain of his role in Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Internazionale to Barcelona)- 69 Million Euros.


Barcelona president Sandro Rosell called him the worst signing of Barcelona. At a time when Barcelona was trying to get rid of the Egos in the squad new coach Pep Guardiola made the choice of bringing in a strong, tall and technically sound player at a mammoth price. In a clear footballing sense, Ibra performed well within Barcelona. He scored goals and in general responded well to the new playing style implemented. But his ouster from the central striker role and reliance of Barcelona on Lionel Messi led to differences between the Manager and the Swede. To such an extent did their arguments reach that Ibra even threatened to physically assault Guardiola. He was later loaned and then transferred to A.C.Milan.

Ricardo Quaresma (Porto to Internazionale)- 18.6 Million Euros + Player(Pele)


A tricky customer at the wings, Quaresma was famous at FC Porto for his tricks and speed with the ball on the wings. This led to his transfer to Inter in 2008. But what followed was abysmal at every level. Mistakes at the wings with loss of possession, bad passing, and retaining ball when he should be passing all became the order of the day. Mourinho showed a lot of faith initially maybe to justify the price tag but his patience also ran out with the player. Such was his form in Italy that he was pronounced as the worst footballer of Serie A in 2008 season. He was loaned off to Chelsea for the latter half of the 2008-09 season. Upon his return in the new season, Mourinho bestowed upon him the No.7 shirt vacated by legend Luis Figo but his form never reignited.

Here’s Hoping that your club’s new signings don’t make it to this list and attain glory unparalleled.