Divock Origi will be remembered as a cult hero at Anfield, and Fernandinho’s career at Man City could not have ended any better, but Paul Pogba’s time is over.
This summer, the stars are bidding farewell to the Premier League. The end of the Premier League season means the departure of several of the league’s biggest names.
After his final outing for Manchester City, Fernandinho won the title. As he prepares to leave Liverpool, Divock Origi was given a presentation at Anfield.
United will lose Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, and Nemanja Matic. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, both of Chelsea’s defenders, said their goodbyes.
A few farewells are common towards the end of the season. Some people like it, while others don’t.
On Sunday, a number of Premier League legends, including title winners, Champions League winners, and club captains, said their final goodbyes to the country.
The biggest names waving goodbye to England’s top flight are profiled here by UrbanNewsGh ahead of the summer transfer season.
1. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
The return of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, one of the most anticipated arrivals in Premier League history, never lived up to the hype.
When he arrived in 2016, he was the most expensive transfer in world football at the time. The French international showed flashes of brilliance and can point to a handful of truly world-class performances in red, but consistency was always an issue.
Frustrations grew when he flourished with his country, winning the World Cup in 2018 after playing a major role in Didier Deschamps’ side’s victory.
Pogba would frequently express his wish to leave United, but he was always persuaded to return, extending the anguish for another year or two.
Finally, after 226 appearances and only one Europa League and one Carabao Cup trophy to show for it, he is destined to leave United, and England, this summer. It appears to be a win-win situation for both sides.
2. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
The departure of Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea does not appear to have been mutually agreed upon.
Antonio Rudiger speaks exclusively to Sportsmail about the circumstances that led to his departure from Chelsea.
This season, the German centre back has been a strong presence at the back for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and the 29-year-old has been one of the club’s best performers.
His decision to leave Stamford Bridge after five years stems partly from his dissatisfaction with the club’s delayed talks — an issue that has only gotten worse since owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned.
Rudiger, who has won the Champions League, Europa League, Super Cup, Club World Cup, and FA Cup, will join Real Madrid this summer.
3. Fernandinho (Manchester City)
At Manchester City, Fernandinho’s life had a happy end. Pep Guardiola was eager for a solution to come back from behind against Aston Villa on the final day, and the club captain was hooked at half-time during his final game for the club.
Since joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, the Brazilian has established himself as a cult hero at the Etihad.
The 37-year-old has opted to terminate his career in his own country after 383 appearances in all competitions and five Premier League titles.
Guardiola had been caught off guard by his initial remark, which he made when asked about his future at a Champions League press conference ahead of their match against Real Madrid.
Given his great service over the past nine seasons, no one at City would begrudge him his desire to finish his career at home.
4. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United)
At Old Trafford, one of the best finishers in the game suffered a horrible end.
His first season with Manchester United was a huge success, with the Uruguyan scoring 17 goals in 39 appearances convincing the club to keep him for another season.
However, the 35-year-old was a massive letdown, much like United’s overall performance this season.
Many of his problems came from injuries, as he was plagued with knocks, tendon concerns, and groin issues throughout the season. Even when he did get on the field, however, his lethal spark in front of goal seemed to escape him.
He only scored twice this season, and his frustration eventually got the better of him, with his final act as a United player appearing to be shouting at fans as he jumped onto the team bus following their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.
5. Divock Origi (Liverpool)
Divock Origi’s relevance to Liverpool’s recent history cannot be underestimated, despite the fact that he was not the first name on the team sheet.
With several important goals,, including the game-winning fourth goal in Liverpool’s incredible Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona in 2019, the Belgian striker secured his place in Anfield history.
In the final, there was also a goal as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the cup. In past seasons, he has won the Merseyside Derby and put in efforts that maintained his team in contention for the title.
Origi, who is set to join AC Milan this summer, was given a befitting send-off on Sunday, which many would argue was well-deserved.