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Top Footballers Stars Who Transferred Directly to Rival Clubs

Making transfer decision directly to rival club always require the player to think critically and creatively since most fans always view it as betrayal. Let check out some players who transferred directly to their rival clubs.

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole is one of the best left-backs to have graced the Premier League. He won Premier League with Arsenal, Cole was part of the Gunners' team that won the 2003-04 league title undefeated.

After almost a decade at the club, the then 25-year-old Cole made one of the most acrimonious transfers when he moved to Arsenal's London rivals Chelsea.

It was speculated that Cole moved across the city because the Blues doubled his wages

Robin van Persie

Recognizing the need for a proven goalscorer, United dished out £24 million that summer to land Van Persie from a direct rival.

The Dutchman hit the ground running at Old Trafford. He scored 26 goals to win his second consecutive Golden Boot, helping United win their 13th and latest Premier League title.

He scored just 22 cumulative goals in the subsequent two campaigns before leaving United.

Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich)

Lewandowski joined Bayern on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic is one of the most prolific scorers in the game, especially since the turn of the century.

The 39-year-old has won league titles in four different countries and recently scored his 500th goal in club football. Ibrahimovic spent a modest two campaigns with Juventus, winning two Serie A titles.

During the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 meant Juventus were stripped of their title and demoted to Serie B. Unwilling to play in the second division, Ibrahimovic moved to Juventus' direct rivals Inter Milan that summer.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres was one of the hottest strikers on the planet during a highly successful stint at Liverpool in the late 2000s.

But eyebrows were raised when Chelsea splurged £50 million to acquire the striker in the winter of 2011.

But his most memorable moment in a Chelsea shirt came when he scored a fabulous solo goal that helped the Blues beat Barcelona in the 2012 Champions League semis.

Luis Suarez

After prolific stints at Ajax and Liverpool, Suarez enjoyed a glorious six-season spell at Barcelona. He scored almost 200 goals across competitions and won a continental treble.

However, after Barcelona endured their first trophy-less campaign in more than a decade in 2019-20, Suarez was deemed surplus to requirements and was let go.

That turned out to be a big mistake, as the Uruguayan rediscovered his mojo at Atletico Madrid, helping them win their first league title in seven years.

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