Football rivalry makes the game more interesting to watch. Last weekend, the adrenaline was high when Manchester City hosted Manchester United at Etihad Stadium. This kind of games can get even hotter when a player with links to both clubs is involved. Today, we want to look at these kinds of scenarios in recent football. We want to look at six biggest traitors in recent football history.
6. Sol Campbel- Spurs to Arsenal
Sol Campbell on his decision to move to Arsenal from Spurs – "I have no regrets." pic.twitter.com/VUVHN7wLHM
— Throwback Arsenal (@ThrowbackAFC) May 14, 2017
The rivalry between two North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs is so serious that it is almost unexpected for the two to exchange players for whatever fee. In fact, Spurs new stadium was initially supposed to have a smaller capacity. However, the management decided to increase the number of seats by few more thousands to make sure it is bigger than Emirates Stadium.
ON THIS TRANSFER DAY: In 2001, Sol Campbell joined Arsenal from Spurs on a free transfer.
He never lived it down. pic.twitter.com/JANRCvrAde
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 3, 2016
In 2002, English central defender Sol Campbel was considered a Spurs legend. However, his decision to join Arsenal that summer made him enemy number one to Spurs fans. White Hart Lane was his home for 9 years. But he wanted more and the Gunners were flying those days. He made the switch and received a lot of hate. He went on to lift 2 Premier League crowns and 2 FA Cups. Sol still faces hate from Spurs fans to date.
5. Ashley Cole- Arsenal to Chelsea
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Ashley Cole came through the youth ranks at Arsenal. The legendary English left back was among the first crop of youngsters promoted by Arsene Wenger when he took over in 1996. He played for the Gunners first team from 2000 to 2006 lifting 2 Premier League crowns and 3 FA Cups.
However, in the summer of 2006, on deadline day, Ashley Cole finally left the Gunners to join Chelsea in a deal that involved William Gallas moving in the opposite direction plus 5 million pounds. He went to lift UEFA Champions League, Europa League, 1 Premier League, 1 League Cup, and 4 FA Cups.
4. Carlos Tevez- Man United to Man City
— City Watch (@City_Watch) July 13, 2017
Manchester United would not like to be reminded about Carlos Tevez because he left a bitter taste in their mouth. The Argentine forward was doing well at Old Trafford. His partnership with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo had produced 2 Premier League titles, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, League Cup, and FA Community Shield.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 5, 2015
However, in 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson wasted a glorious opportunity to sign the forward on a permanent deal. He had joined the Red Devils on a 2-year loan deal from West Ham United. He also did not feel respected by the fiery Scott. He decided to join their local rivals Manchester City for free. He signed a five-year contract with them. He helped City lift Premier League, FA Cup, and Community Shield.