Over the years, Chelsea have seen many players come and go. One of the most notable players to depart west London in recent history, though, is Brazilian midfielder Oscar.
What made the South American’s exit so notable was where he was heading to, China. At just 26 years of age, Oscar decided to leave one of Europe’s biggest and most successful clubs for a mega-money (around £60m per the BBC at the time) move to Shanghai SIPG in 2017, trading life in the Premier League for a fresh venture in the up-and-coming Chinese Super League.
On Monday the Brazil international turned 28, which is arguably the peak of a footballer’s career. Indeed, respected Chelsea supporters page, @TheBlues__ wished the playmaker – who won two Premier League titles with the west Londoners during his tenure at the club – a happy birthday.
Here’s how some followers reacted, it’s clear that a few would prefer him over current midfielder Ross Barkley…
His performance prolly dropped big time but bet he would still outperform Ross Barkley any day!!!
— MBASHA LANGA (@Mbasha_Langa) September 9, 2019
He was gold
— Waseem Sajjad 🇵🇰 (@WaseemCfc) September 9, 2019
How Willian has lasted longer than Oscar at Chelsea is a mystery 😢
— Deezy (@1Ghana_Jollof) September 9, 2019
Comeback to us
— Saint_Flavian (@OdikaesiemeF) September 9, 2019
Still 28 😭
— Franklincredible (@_Trigga23) September 9, 2019
So young. Such a wasted talent.
— ChelseaBangaloreFan (@FanBangalore) September 9, 2019
come back to Chelsea
happy birthday oscar
— abdou njie (@abdounj18089349) September 9, 2019
Still young enough to perform. He’d mop the floor with Ross Barkley.
— Tyson Creme (@TysonCreme) September 9, 2019
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