The Fan Park crew takes a look at some of the most regrettable sales in recent football history. Can you believe these players were let go by their clubs?
Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
When Arsenal allowed their left-back, Ashley Cole, join Chelsea in exchange for William Gallas in 2006, they probably never thought he would become one of the best left-backs in Europe… but he did. Cole went on to make over 200 Premier League appearances for Chelsea and was near impossible to beat on the flanks. He was also an excellent player going forward.
Gerrard Pique (Man Utd)
Manchester United didn’t exactly have a choice in allowing Gerrard Pique to leave and join his boyhood club, Barcelona. But, nonetheless, they must have regretted seeing him playing for the winning side in the Champions League final in the same season that they let him go. Pique grew into a truly world class centre-back and forged an incredible partnership with Carles Puyol to be at the heart of defence of one of the best club sides in history.
Arjen Robben (Real Madrid)
When Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka joined Real Madrid in 2009, their star winger Arjen Robben was forced out of the club and allowed to join Bayern Munich. Since then, we’ve seen the Dutchman take off as one of the best players in the game. He has scored 66 goals in 119 Bundesliga games for the Germans and, on his day, is on of the most unstoppable players you’ll ever see. Could you imagine him and Ronaldo on the same team?
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
When Mats Hummels was allowed to leave Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund in 2009, he was still a relatively unkown player, but right now he’s considered to be one of the best centre-backs in the world. He’s a two-time Bundesliga champion and a Word Cup winner, and has been imperative to his teams’ success. Bayern must seriously regret letting him go to a direct rival.
Paul Pogba (Man Utd)
When it comes to regrettable sales, there are none as regrettable as when Manchester United allowed Paul Pogba to join Juventus on a free. Pogba was desperate to play first team football and Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t think he was quite ready. The Frenchman’s career has soared since he joined Juventus, and he won the 2013 Golden Boy award. He was also named as the best young player of the 2014 World Cup and there is now talk that Juventus might let him go for a fee of €100 million. One of the teams that are interested in obtaining his signature are (you guessed it) Manchester United.
They say that “you don’t know what you've got ‘til it’s gone”, and I guess that saying applies so well here.
Which sale do you think is the most regrettable?