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5) Andy Caroll – Newcastle United

The towering striker made his name helping Newcastle achieve promotion in the 2009-10 season, scoring 19 goals for the Magpies. His goal scoring return caught eyes of Liverpool, who were in the market looking to replace the departed Fernando Torres. And with money in their bag, Liverpool played into Newcastle’s hands. The Reds’ 30 million deal immediately convinced Mike Ashley to sell Carroll; however, he sought more money from the potential transfer. According to Carroll, Newcastle forced him to put in a transfer request, enticing Liverpool to make a better offer for the striker’s services. The clubs eventually agreed on a 35 million transfer. Carroll struggled to reach the same heights as he grappled with injuries for the most part. Now at West Ham, Carroll has found his feet once again; however, has failed to play consistently due to his injury troubles.

4) Joe Hart – Manchester City

It has been a remarkable fall from grace for the England no 1, Joe Hart. After a miraculous performance against Barcelona in the 2014-15 season, wherein he was touted as the world’s best by Lionel Messi himself, Hart currently finds himself playing for his third club in as many seasons. Pep  Guardiola’s predilection for a sweeper keeper already had the media doubting Hart’s ability to play in that role, and the assertion was proved correct when Guardiola displaced Hart with Caballero on the opening day of the last season. The Spaniard clearly did not fancy Hart, sending him on loan to Torino last season. Hart returned to Premier League with West Ham this summer, after being told by Guardiola that he had no future at the club, effectively ending Hart’s glorious time with Manchester City.

3) Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid

The Argentine attacker had a glorious time at Real Madrid, as he flourished under Mourinho. While Bale’s arrival put Di Maria’s place in danger, his impressive work rate convinced Ancelloti to deploy him centrally. The move paid dividends as Di Maria was crucial in Real’s La Decima with his famous zig-zag run to set up Gareth Bale. Nevertheless, that was the last time Real Madrid fans saw Di Maria in a white jersey as he fell out with the club hierarchy. James Rodriguez’s blockbuster transfer effectively ended Di Maria’s career at Real Madrid.  Moreover, Di Maria claimed that the Madrid hierarchy pressured Argentina to resist playing Di Maria in the world cup final, which only further hampered their relationship. The Argentine moved to Manchester United; however, after a solitary season, wherein he failed to settle in Manchester, he moved to PSG.

2) Jaap Stam – Manchester United

Jaap Stam had quite a career going at Manchester United. The Dutch was the most expensive defender of the time when United paid 10 million Euros for his services. He was at the heart of United’s success in the late 90s, winning Champions league title and Premier league as well. For a while, it looked like Stam would end his career at United; however, things could quickly turn around as Stam was soon signing a contract with Lazio. The move did upset sections of United’s supporters, with the fans annoyed at losing their leader and organiser. Stam claimed that United’s bosses, including Sir Alex, were convinced that it was the right time to sell him as the Red Devils sold him for 15 million Euros.

1) Iker Casillas

One of the most famous breakups of all time, nobody would have pictured Casillas leaving Real Madrid, let alone on poor terms as he did. It was all going well for the Spain no1 before the ‘Special One’ arrived at Santiago Bernabeu. After early friction between the goalkeeper and the manager, the picture became quite clear that Mourinho did not fancy Casillas, choosing to play Adan instead and then new-recruit Diego Lopez. While Mourinho left the club, qualms arose regarding Casillas’ ability to play for Real Madrid. Ancelotti continued the trend of putting Casillas on the bench, and at the end of the 2014-15season, Casillas finally bid adieu to his boyhood club, joining FC Porto.

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