Maicon Douglas Sisenando. Cor blimey, what a player he was back in the day. Shame he joined the long list of stars introduced to the Premier League much far too late in their remarkable careers.
In the past, we have seen the fearless Brazilian parade up and down the right-hand side of the pitch like the Tower Guard on fast-forward. Just imagine the perfect modern defender; a clinical finisher, crosser and powerhouse defender. He genuinely had it all. Maicon was just an absolute nightmare in every sense of the word.
I mean, look at the state of that.
We don’t care if he meant it or not – though we’re veering more towards he did, this rocket scored from a nigh on impossible angle against North Korea (not known for their footballing ability, we get it) encapsulated just about everything that made him such a strong asset.
Unfortunately, however, what could have been an inspired buy – a Champions League winner for the measly price of £3million – turned out to be quite the anti-climax.
At the tender old age of 31, City caught the marauding full-back in the latter years of his career when things were beginning to slow, squeak, rattle, crunch, crack and bang. He struggled with injuries and failed to annex the starting spot from Argentinian mainstay Pablo Zabaleta – another man who was reaching the twilight years of his career.
Even when Zabaleta wasn’t available for selection, the role was often taken by City’s vice-captain Micah Richards – remember him? In a single disappointing season at the Etihad, Maicon managed just for Premier League starts before seeking refuge back in Italy with Roma.
Manchester City fans, would you agree that Maicon was a bad signing? How many other players can you recall buying past their best? Let us know in the comments below!