3 famous football careers ruined by a bad transfer
Transfers have become an integral part of modern football, as clubs are in a constant race to secure signings of prospects from all around the world.
These transfers are either a hit or a miss, as sometimes the chances taken on players prove to be worthy, while other times it just doesn't work out for both parties.
We've seen players such as Wayne Rooney, Gianfranco Zola, Alan Shearer, Dani Alves and many others rising to fame through one good transfer.
However, there's a flip side to that coin and that's what we'll talk about in this article as we take a look at 3 famous footballers whose footballing careers were ruined by one bad transfer.
Before we start I want to lay out a few more mentions: Alex Hleb, Shaun Wright Phillips, Mario Götze and Robinho.
Note: This is not a ranking.
So without further ado, lets get started!
#1 Andriy Shevchenko
From: AC Milan
In 1976, Shevchenko was born in Ukraine. By the time he was 9, he enrolled in his school's football team. But the tragic event of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 affected his family and they relocated to Kiev.
After failing a dribbling test for a sports school, he caught the eye of a Dynamo Kiev scout who brought him to the club. Sheva saw a meteoric rise to his career under the Dynamo Kiev youth system.
Shevchenko made his first professional career debut at the age of 16 when he came out as a sub for 12 minutes in the second tier of the Ukranian league. The following season Sheva became the top scorer for Dynamo-2 by scoring 12 goals and was promoted to the senior squad.
He made his senior squad debut on November 8 1994, at a tender age of 18 and lifted up the league title in his debut season. One of the highlights of his Dynamo Kiev career was his hattrick against the mighty Barcelona in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League, a game that his side won by 4 goals to nil. During his 5 season-long spell with Kiev, he won the domestic title on each of the 5 occasions.
His progress was closely monitored by AC Milan who finally in 1999 snapped up the Ukrainian for a then-record fee of £21.52 million (€23.91 million). This huge investment proved to be more than worthwhile for the Italian giants as Shevchenko quickly became one their best assets.
Seven successful years with the Rossoneri saw him scoring 175 goals in 322 games, and winning the most prestigious award a footballer can aspire for, the Ballon d'Or.
During the summer of 2005, Chelsea were desperate to bring the Ukrainian to Stamford Bridge, using their newly found wealth brought by Roman Abramovich. Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon was quoted as saying,
"I think Shevchenko is the type of player we would like. At the end of the day to improve what we have got, it has to be a great player and Shevchenko certainly comes into that class."
The Blues finally succeeded in their pursuit and lured the Ukranian to Stamford Bridge for £39.49 million (€43.88 million) which was a record fee for an English team back then. This is where everything started going wrong for the once European player of the year.
His Chelsea career was full of disappointments as he looked like a shadow of himself. The sense of lethality was missing from one of the sharpest strikers the world had ever seen. The Ukranian constantly saw himself fighting to find form but failing to do so every time. Adding insult to injury, quite literally, was the injury he suffered during the 2006/07 season.
A dispiriting loan move back to Milan soon followed which didn't end well either. He was finally offloaded back to his childhood club Dynamo Kiev in 2009 where, in all honesty, he did salvage some of his pride back by being named the best player in the Ukranian league. In 2012, Sheva announced he was quitting football for politics.