Not every world-class player can dominate in the Premier League due to its toughness. For that reason, some players decide to quit England to chase the glory elsewhere. Let us take a look at the top 5 players who failed to match their big reputation after arriving in the Premier League.
5. Robinho (Manchester City)
ON THIS DAY: In 2008, Robinho scored on his Manchester City debut after his £32.5m move from Real Madrid.
New era. pic.twitter.com/n2eWosg3c4
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Manchester City snatched Robinho from Chelsea’s grasp on the most-memorable of transfer deadline days in a £32.5m deal in 2008. The first season seemed a bit well for the Brazilian, his second was particularly disappointing before a move to AC Milan.
4. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United)
Bastian Schweinsteiger: "I didn't want to move to another European club, there were only Bayern Munich and Manchester United for me." pic.twitter.com/n4JZYwn3G0
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The former Germany captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, arrived at Manchester United from Bayern Munich in 2015. He was the world’s one of the best midfielders. A fan favourite at Bayern, Bastian’s nickname was Fußballgott (football god). But Bastian went on to lose his sparkle in the Premier League. He decided to leave Premier League two years later.
3. Angel di Maria (Manchester United)
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As a fresh winger on fire in 2014, Di Maria joined Manchester United in for a transfer fee of £59.7 million. He inherited the number 7 shirt at United, which was previously worn by club legends such as George Best, Robson, Cantona, Beckham and Cristiano. He hit two goals and two assists in his first four United games but then fell away from October onwards. The struggles led to his departure to Paris Saint-Germain the following summer.