It is every player's dream to win silverware for the team they're playing for. This is not exceptional in European top flight leagues where footballers feel prestigious when they lift the Champions League trophy.
Some players made the right call; to dump their clubs not only for greener pastures but also, to win the coveted Champions League. Today, we will look at 4 players who left their clubs to win the Champions League but failed miserably and their former clubs ended up on winning it.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
One of the most successful footballers in this generation just after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The 40 year old Sweedish international has won every tophy under his name except the Champions League. Zlatan hasn't tasted the European glory.
He was told by Inter Milan's manager by then, Jose Mourinho, not to go to Barcelona because Inter will win the Champions League the following season. Zlatan did not listen and the following season, Inter won the UCL and the trebble! Zlatan became frustrated at the Camp Nou and ended up being sold to AC Milan.
2. Raheem Sterling
The English winger used to play for Liverpool. He had a bright future; scoring goals and providing assists. Raheem Sterling felt that Liverpool will not guarantee him trophies, more so, the Champions League. He left the club for Manchester City.
In Manchester City, the Englishman has won everything except the Champions League. Back in Liverpool, the club has won the Champions League and ended their 30 year Premier League drought by winning it.
3. Philippe Coutinho
One of the most promising stars in the Anfield's locker room. The Liverpool team was built around the Brazilian international. He used to launch attacks, assisting goals, dribbling and scoring long range goals in Liverpool. His greedy got the better part of him and chose to join FC Barcelona.
He did not win the Champions League with Barca and back in Liverpool, they won the Champions League and the Premier League! He was a bit lucky as he agreed a loan move to Bayern Munich. He ended up winning the UCL there.
4. Neymar Jr
Neymar played a huge role in the 'Remontada' which saw FC Barcelona thrashing PSG 6-0 to qualify in the knock out stages. After winning the Champions League, people praised Messi instead of the Brazilian.
Neymar left Camp Nou to PSG to prove the people wrong that he can win it by himself. Up to date, he has tasted just one Champions League final though Barcelona too, haven't won it either!
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