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Ten Players That Switched Positions – Part 1

Ever wondered if some of the world’s best footballers always played in their favoured position? Well, today the Fan Park Crew brings you five players that changed positions in their career and excelled.

Vincent Kompany – Manchester City

Former Position: Defensive Midfield

Current Position: Centre-Back

Kompany has developed into one of the best centre-backs in the English Premier League, but before that he played as a defensive midfielder at his former club Anderlecht.

Gareth Bale – Real Madrid

Former Position: Left Back

Current Position: Left or Right Winger

Bale started his career as a left-back at Southampton, but got slowly moved forward as he developed and that decision proved vital as he quickly became one of the best attacking players in the world.

Robin van Persie – Manchester United

Former Position: Left Wing

Current Position: Striker

The Dutchman scored plenty goals throughout his career, but there was a time that he didn't lead the line as he started his career out on the left wing with Feyenoord.

Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich

Former Position: Left Wing

Current Position: Centre-Midfield

The German World Cup winner started off as a winger at Bayern Munich. It was Dutch tactician Louis van Gaal who turned him into a centre-midfielder, when he was coaching the Bavarian giants, and what a decision it proved to be!.

Javier Mascherano – Barcelona

Former Position: Defensive Midfielder

Current Position: Centre-Back

The Argentine started off as an defensive midfielder and played there for the likes of West Ham and Liverpool, but since he joined Barcelona, he has found himself playing in a back three regularly.

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