It cannot be agreed more that the transfer market always becomes a very interesting subject. Moreover, if it involves several famous stars. A football star who changes his clubs is clearly in the spotlight. Fans will look forward to how the player’s career continues.
Switching clubs is a big hope for a player. However, not a few of those whose careers dropped after changing uniforms.
This time, Starting Eleven will summarize a row of players whose careers dropped after switching clubs.
Nuri Sahin is one of the world’s talented players. Having great football skills, Nuri Sahin has been in the spotlight among big European clubs. But after getting along with Dortmund, Real Madrid which is such a big club destroyed the player’s career instead.
As is known, Sahin underwent a brilliant season in the first period to defend Borussia Dortmund (2008-2011). This Turkish footballer was brilliantly being the game tool of Die Borussen. As a result, in the 2011 summer transfer market, Sahin was carried off by Madrid for 9 million euros or approximately 146 billion rupiahs.
Initially, Sahin was expected to bring balance in Madrid’s midfield. However, this 29-year-old midfielder had only scored one goal and one assist in 10 appearances in the 2011/12 season. In the summer of 2012, Sahin was loaned to Liverpool, until finally being sold permanently to Dortmund in 2014.
Sahin was considered a failure who led el Real slowed down its game instead.
Real Madrid still becomes a team with a failing player within. This time there is the name Michael Owen. Owen, who performed greatly with England and Liverpool, had to start a new adventure in the country of the Matador. At that time, Real Madrid became his choice.
However, Owen’s ability was fading away during his time with Madrid. Among his 45 appearances in all competitions, Owen only scored 17 goals. Meanwhile ironically, in the same season, his former club, Liverpool, won the Champions League. Madrid stuck in the last 16th.
Whereas Owen became Liverpool’s main-striker in the 1997-2004 period who had scored 150 goals put of his 284 appearances
Eventually, in the 2005 summer transfer exchange, Owen was released by Madrid to Newcastle United and failed to find his best performance until he decided to retire in 2013.
Together with Ronaldo Luis, Shevchenko becomes the world’s best striker in the 2000s. He successfully led AC Milan to win the Scudetto and Champions League. This Ukrainian player also won Ballon d’Or in 2004. It cannot be denied if Sheva became one of the best strikers owned by AC Milan at that time.
He continued to score goals and even became the determinator of Milan’s title in the 2003 Champions League competition.
However, Shevchenko then joined Chelsea in 2006 with a transfer fee of 30 million pounds or 546 billion rupiahs. However, Shevchenko failed to live up to the expectations. He only scored 14 goals in 51 matches in all competitions during his first season.
Since joining Chelsea, Shevchenko’s career has faded away. He had once returned to Milan and The Dynamo Kiev while he had to lose his sharpness. In the end, Milan’s second top scorer of all time decided to retire in 2012.
It cannot be denied if Alexis Sanchez is one of the most successful Chilean players in the world. When appearing nicely in Udinese, Sanchez attracted the Spanish giants, FC Barcelona.
There he performed quite nicely and managed to donate the title of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Spanish Super Cup. After that, Sanchez decided to leave for Arsenal. Playing at the Emirates Stadium did not make Sanchez’s confidence faded. He was still a mainstay and often scored goals.
However, in 2018, Sanchez chose to join the rival clubs, Manchester United. This was where his career faded.
People were expecting much from him when Manchester United succeeded in bringing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. This Chilean came to Old Trafford after being exchanged for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, Sanchez’s appearance after joining the Red Devils was very disappointing. Even the performance of this former Barcelona player often got scorn from various parties.
Who does not remember the glory of Kaka during his time in AC Milan? This young player who was bought from the Brazilian club managed to shake the world after officially joining Milan.
Kaka became one of the golden eras of Milan under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti. He successfully donated the European Champions League title and won the Ballon D’or award in 2007. At Milan, he managed to score in 120 matches with 29 goals and 39 assists.
But everything changed when he decided to move to Real Madrid.
Kaka had broken the world transfer record when brought by Madrid from AC Milan in the 2009 summer transfer market for 58.5 million pounds or more than 1 trillion rupiahs.
But, as already explained, Kaka’s career was getting ruined at Madrid. This midfielder who entered the Brazilian squad when he won the 2002 World Cup often suffered from injuries. During defending Madrid in 2009-2013, Kaka only played in 120 matches with 29 goals and 39 assists. After that in 2013, Kaka returned to defend Milan and failed to find his best performance in the first period.
At the end of 2017, Kaka decided to retire and Orlando City became the last club he defended.
Fernando Torres was shocked the world when performing brilliantly at Atletico Madrid, even though at that time he was still very young. Torres has even served as captain of Los Rojoblancos.
After performing beautifully in his own country, Torres continued his adventure in the State of Queen Elizabeth. He joined Liverpool and became one of the best strikers the Reds ever has. During the 3.5 seasons to defend the Reds, this Spaniard scored 65 goals in 102 appearances in the Premier League.
However, Chelsea then bought him in January 2011 with a transfer fee of 50 million pounds or 909 billion rupiahs. These prices made Torres became the most expensive player in the English League at that time. But unfortunately, Torres failed at Stamford Bridge.
During his five seasons strengthening Chelsea, Torres only scored 45 goals in 172 appearances. Besides the number of titles he won, the player also lost his status as a world-class striker.
Arda Turan appeared neatly during his time wearing Atletico Madrid’s uniform. He has always been the coach’s first choice and often has a significant impact on the club.
Then there was one time when FC Barcelona lost some of its attacking players in two seasons in 2014/15 and 2015/16. They were left behind by Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, and Pedro.
The exodus made Barcelona brought in Arda Turan and Luis Suarez. While Suarez successfully became a mainstay of the Blaugrana, Turan warmed the bench more instead.
Barcelona had paid for 34 million euros or the equivalent of 542 billion rupiahs to Atletico Madrid to recruit Turan. Two seasons defending Barcelona, Turan only recorded 55 appearances, he even more often stayed on the bench.
The situation eventually made Turan leave for Istanbul Basaksehir.
Philippe Coutinho became a ‘destiny’ that failed in Barcelona after being released to Bayern Munich on loan.
Bought from Liverpool with a club transfer record in January 2018, Coutinho’s career at Camp Nou only lasted for 1.5 seasons.
Despite appeared promising early in his career at Camp Nou, Coutinho’s performance was instead getting worse. Coutinho failed to repeat the success in his first season. Out of 54 appearances, Coutinho only became a starter in 28 matches and play a full 90 minutes in 12 matches. Coutinho only scored 11 goals, or one goal better than half of his first season at Barcelona.
Yet Coutinho is very bright in Liverpool and the Kop fans hope that the player will survive. However, as if rice which has already become porridge, Coutinho can only regret his move to Barca.
Now, he hopes to perform perfectly in Germany along with FC Bayern.