Sometimes a “dream” move by a football player turns into a nightmare for everyone involved.
Whether it’s transitioning to a new area, team, or personal issues, these players’ careers have taken a turn for the worst since a transfer that was supposed to help them.
Some of these players remain trapped in their situations and are constantly chastised by supporters.
Others were fortunate enough to ultimately be able to leave and pursue other opportunities.
Here are some of the players whose careers have suffered greatly as a result of a major transfer.
6. Alexander Hleb – Arsenal to Barcelona
When Alexander Hleb went from Arsenal to Barcelona, he thought he was doing the right thing.
Hleb appeared in a few games during his debut season, 2008/09, but he was loaned out three times since then and is unlikely to ever play for Barcelona again.
In his first season in Barcelona, he did win a gold medal.
5. David Bellion – Sunderland to Man United.
It’s cruel to deny a young man his dream of joining Manchester United.
However, the Dream Team is a callous group of b*****ds.
He was intended to be the new Thierry Henry, but he was more akin to a garbage disposal.
Despite a brief comeback at Bordeaux, Darius Vassell never returned to the top table of world football.
4. Andriy Shevchenko – AC Milan to Chelsea
Andriy Schevchenko may have been towards the end of his career, but with his talent, things should have gone much better for him at Chelsea.
He was probably good for another three years of scoring.
Shevchenko was a disappointment at Chelsea, and he was even loaned back to his previous club at one time, but he failed to perform.
3. Alex Song
Barcelona’s search for a defensive midfielder, particularly to compete with Sergio Busquets, came to an end in 2012 when they signed Alex Song.
Despite stiff opposition from the Arsenal coaching staff, Song made his way to the Camp Nou, hoping to maintain his top form and, hopefully, leave his mark in a Blaugrana shirt.
Song’s Barcelona career was one to forget, despite some spontaneously good performances.
While injuries prohibited him from performing well, the opportunities he did have were not fully used.
Song struggled to adjust due to a lack of synchronicity with the playing style until 2014, when he moved to West Ham United.
2. Scott Sinclair – Swansea to Man City.
Scott, why, why? The entire world, even his wife, saw how this one would end, and it wasn’t because you persuaded Roberto Mancini that you were better than David Silva.
Sinclair squandered three years of his life before experiencing the humiliation of playing football in the Midlands.
1. Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
The night when Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea beat Arsenal to win the Europa League, Eden Hazard’s decision to depart Stamford Bridge overshadowed the victory.
Most people assumed the Belgian would do marvels in Spain’s capital if he moved to Real Madrid.
However, thus far, things have not gone according to plan. Hazard’s Real Madrid career has been marred by injuries, and the playmaker continues to be unsuccessful.
In addition, increased competition within the group has heightened the difficulties.
As a result, the ex-Lille attacker is on the verge of departing Bernabeu.