Most Controversial transfers: Premier League winners Manchester City are closing in on signing former Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is close to completing the move to the Etihad outfit. Sky Sports has even reported that the Portuguese icon has left Juventus training and will soon join the Premier League champions.
Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus training center after 40 minutes to say goodbye to his teammates. He only wants to leave the club in the next hours. 🇵🇹🚫 #Ronaldo
NO training today. Ronaldo is waiting for Mendes to bring the official bid as it’s still verbal with Man City.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2021
With Ronaldo’s Man City move closer than ever, we have a look at a few transfers which saw football stars take a controversial decision and join the fierce rivals of their previous clubs.
Carlos Tevez: Manchester Utd to Manchester City
Carlos Tevez was featured for Manchester United while he was technically on loan for two years during his professional career. The Red Devils moved slowly in agreeing upon a permanent deal as crosstown rivals Man City swooped in to acquire the Argentine in 2009.
Following Tevez’s signing, Man City had a big billboard erected in Manchester with a blue backdrop and a photo of Tevez captioned ‘Welcome to Manchester’. Man Untied’s legendary head coach Sir Alex Ferguson was angered by this whole act as the Brish tactician going on to call Man City “Stupid and arrogant,” and “A small club with a small mentality.
Ashley Cole: Arsenal to Chelsea
Ashley Cole leaving Arsenal to join Chelsea is still a transfer that Gunners fans haven’t gotten over yet. The ex-England left-back made the move from Emiirtea to Stamford Bridge after meeting up with Jose Mourinho at a hotel restaurant.
Chelsea offered him a staggering £55,000-per-week deal as the English international admitted that he “I nearly swerved off the road” with the deal on the table. Arsenal fans often call him ‘Cashley Cole’ with the Gunners fans throwing fake banknotes with Ashley Cole’s face later at Stamford Bridge.
Sol Campbell: Tottenham Hotspurs to Arsenal
Back in 2001, Spurs star Sol Campbell was on the verge of running his contract out with the London outfit and on the lookout for the next club. He was close to joingTottenhams’ arch-rivals Arsenal after expressing his desire to play in the Champions League. Matters escalated to a great level with Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust passing a statement calling the England legend’s act as “the ultimate act of betrayal. ”
Roy Keane- Manchester United to Celtic
Roy Keane was reported to argue with Sir Alex Ferguson during Man United’s pre-season training camp in 2005. He went on to became Fergie’s enemies after he spoke ill of mates Alan Smith, Darren Fletcher, Rio Ferdinand, John O’Shea, and Kieran Richardson in an MUTV interview. There was no turning back for him as Keane was asked to leave the club after he left United on a free transfer to join Celtic.
Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid