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10 Footballers Who Criticised Their Former Clubs

Following Toni Silva's scathing attack on Mamelodi Sundowns Pitso Mosimane, here are nine other stars who criticised their former clubs, including the world's most expensive footballer and a former FC Barcelona and Manchester United star.
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 10 players who spoke poorly of former teams of theirs, according to several sources.
Toni Silva:
Silva, a former Chelsea and Liverpool academy player, called it time on his career with the former CAF Champions League winners, penning a two-and-a-half-year deal with Egyptian Premier League side Al Ittihad in January.
The Guinea-Bissau international, however, left on a sour note, making several shocking revelations about his time spent at Chloorkop under the guidance of Mosimane, where he made a total of 11 appearances in all competitions, while only finding the back of the net on two occasions during that time. 
Brazilian superstar Neymar enjoyed a trophy-laden four-year stint with FC Barcelona, most notably forming one of the world's most feared attacking trios known as 'MSN', alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. 
After becoming the world's most expensive player with a €222 million (R3.4 billion) move from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain, the 27-year-old ruffled a few feathers within the Blaugrana quarters, making several statements about the club's board and how inefficient they are.
Mario Balotelli: 
Known for his antics throughout his career, controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli forms part of the list, after hitting out at former club Liverpool, who acquired his services for £16 million from AC Milan (R292 million) in a bid to replace Luis Suarez. 
Things did not go according to plan for the former Inter Milan man at Anfield, who said joining Liverpool as the "worst mistake" of his life after leaving the club with underwhelming figures of four goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
The Swede talisman, who is one of the most decorated players in the game, joined Barca in July 2009 in a cash-plus-player (Samuel Eto'o) deal said to be worth £59 million. 
After falling out with coach Pep Guardiola due to tactical reasons, the former Ajax Amsterdam star, publicised his version of his nightmare stay at Camp Nou in a book, revealing his befuddlement at the big-name players at the club being down-to-earth in person, while also infamously laying into Guardiola, whom he slated, claiming that the former Bayern Munich star favoured Lionel Messi.
Other players on the list includes Carlos Tevez, Roy Keane and El Hadji Diouf - click through the gallery of images to view the entire list of players.
Who is your favourite footballer on the list of players? Let us know in the comments section below.



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