Big news of the day is Borussia Dortmund’s captain Mats Hummels has decided to join their archrivals Bayern Munich. Now despite paying up 35 million pounds for the German, Bayern are getting two things out of the deal. The first one is Mats Hummels himself, definitely in the top three defenders of the world at the moment. The second one is, a weakened Dortmund team.
Mats Hummels is a product of Bayern’s youth academy, who was ousted from the club for a lack of chances. Now, as an established world class, Hummels might consider this transfer as his homecoming. But that is Hummels’ perspective. When you look from the point of view BVB fans, they allowed him to grow into one of the world’s most feared defenders in the world when his home team gave up on him. They let him wear the captain’s armband as a sign of their gratitude. What they get in return? A snake ready to bite their own hands for their most detested rivals.
Hummels is not the first turncoat to grace the football field. Let’s look at some recent as well as famous footballers who have played for rivals in the history of football.
- Mario Gotze: Another of the Borussia Dortmund favorite who got turned by the lure of money. Unlike Hummels, Gotze is a product of Dortmund themselves. This is the reason that Dortmund’s fans are not ready to accept Gotze back even when Bayern are ready to sell him this summer.
- Fernando Torres: In their harshest time, FT9 left Liverpool to their Premier League rivals Chelsea. Torres wanted to fight for more silverware which he claimed was difficult with Liverpool. An interview right after his transfer broke hearts of millions of red who showed their hatred by burning his jersey. Torres eventually went on to get a couple of prestigious trophies including a Champions League trophy, but his contribution to most of them was next to nil.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Zlatan is one of the most revered names in striking history. He is known to be both prolific and arrogant. Zlatan has appeared for Juventus, Inter and AC Milan. He left Juventus for their rivals Inter as soon as they were relegated for match fixing charges. Spending a couple of years in Inter, he joined Barcelona and then to Inter’s biggest rival jn AC Milan.
- Robin Van Persie: RVP was injury prone when he joined Arsenal. Despite this, the Gooners decided to have faith on the Dutch after he showed a glimpse of his potential during his early career. Arsenal waited for 6-7 years before RVP finally started firing all the cylinders and became the most feared striker in Premier League. As soon as RVP hit full throttle, Manchester United came calling for him and he left Arsenal, leaving a sense of ungratefulness behind.
- Cesc Fabregas: Cesc Fabregas was a product of La Masia who was poached by the Gooners in 2003. He won the Gooners over his course of 8 years even earning the captain’s armband. He left amicably to Barcelona in 2011 to work with his idol Pep Guardiola. In 2014, when he was deemed surplus at Camp Nou, he made his way back to Premier League to join Arsenal’s London rivals in Chelsea. A self proclaimed gooner, joining their rivals was not taken well by Arsenal fans.
- Luis Ronaldo: The star striker of Brazil of his time and the one who took the 2002 World Cup away by storm. The same one is also responsible for playing for four different rival teams. Luis Ronaldo left Barcelona to Inter Milan in 2002. Then his heroics of 2002 World Cup attracted Real Madrid – La Liga rivals of Barcelona. After playing 5 years at Santiago Benabau, Ronaldo joined Inter’s rivals AC Milan. That’s some loyalty shown by a legend (ouch).
- Luis Figo: Luis Figo was absolutely adored in Barcelona for both footballing and non-footballing reasons. The most shocking moment of his career came when he decided to switch to Real Madrid for 60 million Euros. Figo’s move at the time was nothing short of one of the most unholiest transgression for the fans. His move turned a legend of Camp Nou into a figure of supreme hatred.
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