The Fan Park Crew did some research to find out how different things would’ve been had these five players not changed their positions when they were starting out as football players.
Still playing today with QPR, Ferdinand spent more than 10 years as a top defender in the English Premier League for Manchester United - bulldozing attackers with his tough style of play. However, not known to many, Ferdinand spent most of his youth career as an attacking-midfielder, earning himself the nickname, ‘the young Pele’. His talent as a defender was picked up by scouts though and he was advised to change roles.
When you think of Puyol, it’s difficult to not imagine his hair all over the place while he’s making last ditch tackles for Barcelona, but life as a footballer may have been different for the retired star, as he wasn’t always a centre-back. Puyol tried to be a goalkeeper in his youth, and when that failed, he tried his hand up-front. Puyol then established himself as a right-back in Barca’s youth, before becoming one of the club’s best central-defenders.
The Ivorian got a lucky chance to play up front when he was younger, as his side’s forward had to leave the field with an injury, and when Bony switched from defence to attack in that game, he never looked back. The Manchester City striker scored twice in the game, and is now one of Africa’s best forwards.
Funnily enough, the Belgian goalkeeper was once a left-back! Today Courtois is one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe for Chelsea, having made his name at Atletico Madrid in Spain - where he spent three seasons on-loan. However, the giant keeper was once a promising full-back, and only started playing in goal because he enjoyed volleyball and like to dive.
The striker, who seems to be finding his feet again at Atletico Madrid after a woeful few seasons, wasn’t raised as goalscorer, but rather as a goalkeeper. It’s said that Torres still puts on the gloves from time-to-time at training to have a laugh, but when he started his football career, it was his passion to play there.
Can you name any other players who could have completely different careers had they not changed their positions?