Sometimes, loyalty is more important than money in football. As professional athletes, it is also important to give the fans what they want. Many say the sport is all about money, but these football players have proven them wrong – saying no to big money transfers.
5. Gianluigi Buffon -Barcelona
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One of the best goalkeepers in the world, the former world cup winner definitely needs no introduction. Buffon was offered a first-team role at Barcelona in 2001, and at that time, La Blaugrana was completely trailing both in the league and in the European competition. To everybody’s surprise, Buffon made a move to Juventus.
It was reported that the Italian goalkeeper was being offered a hefty pay by the Catalan giants.
4. Diego Godin -Manchester City
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While Manchester City won the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season, there was yet another club who unexpectedly won the league title in Spain after a brief period. Diego Godin’s leadership led his side to the La Liga title in the 2013/14 season.
A little-known fact, however, is that then Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was ready to meet the €40million buyout clause for the Uruguayan defender, as he was amongst the top defenders in the world. In addition, Vincent Kompany was facing all sorts of issues related to injuries.
But Godin decided to stick with Diego Simeone and reject the extremely high payroll offered by City, taking his team to the UEFA Champions League finals twice.
3. Steven Gerrard Chelsea & Real Madrid
Steven Gerrard's Chelsea career:
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In 2004, Chelsea made a move for Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who is easily one of the greatest English midfielders in the world. Rumours about his departure to rivals Chelsea become true after a phone text to then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was leaked down the line, where Gerrard said the following:
“I want to let you know that I am okay to join Chelsea”.
However, something unusual happened when his father gave him the biggest advice of his career, saying that if he stays at Liverpool, he will become a legend. A year later, Gerrard did so by winning the biggest price in Europe in a match that we will never forget.
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However, this didn’t end here as Mourinho made a second offer while he was in charge of Real Madrid. Gerrard decided to reject the big money move and continue with Liverpool.