It is an unforgivable thing joining rival teams, isn’t it?
As we are sure you will all agree, it is a never an easy thing seeing your star player make the move to another club never mind one within the same league, as you then have to watch them strut their stuff near enough every week, and even face them at least twice a year (an opportunity to tell them how hurt you are, as you cry into an old jersey with their name on the back). It is a bit like living in the same house as a ‘free spirit’ ex-partner who is intent on making your life a misery. Messy.
However, what makes an already bad situation infinitely worse is when a player slithers their way into a rival club.
Premier League history is rich with these so-called ‘Judas’ characters. Sol Campbell moving to Spurs, Peter Schmeichel moving to Manchester City, Eric Cantona to Manchester United, Ashely Cole to Chelsea and, of course, Carlos Tevez switching from the red side of Manchester to the blue.
The former Argentina international won four major trophies with the Red Devils including the Champions League, before returning to West Ham and eventually joining Manchester City in 2009
At the time, it was City’s major move in the transfer market. Still looking to be taken seriously with all of their money, prying one of the best strikers in the world away from their greatest rivals was a power play of epic proportions.
Welcome to Manchester, and all that.
Understandably it was a move Manchester United fans absolutely hated and City fans, conversely, absolutely loved. Why wouldn’t they, after all? Who doesn’t buzz off a bit of controversy at the expense of a rival.
Tevez immediately announced himself as a pantomime villain when he scored in the 2-1 Carling Cup victory over Manchester United and proceeded to celebrate in front of the boardroom staff, who had deemed him “not worth the money”.
Years after the move, a pretty expletive-littered chance would echo down from the Old Trafford terraces. That one aged well didn’t it?
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