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4 footballers who were denied work permit

Ninad Singh
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Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria

While a footballer plays for one of the top clubs in the world, frequent touring and traveling become a part of the entire system as seen with multiple teams from a myriad of countries taking part in tournaments, it becomes obvious being on the road half of the time.

While traveling from a country to another may not be a big deal for most of the big teams, immigration surely becomes a minor setback. No matter how famous or accomplished a football player is, a small reason could stop him from entering a country or disallow him from playing for his club. Such cases have been common in recent years as with increased security and the tightening of parameters, work permits and visas aren't given out easily, even to the biggest names in the sport.

Four such football players who have faced the burden of being denied a work visa by a country will be considered here. Be it the eligibility criteria or a minor criminal conviction, it is only a surprise to see such big names not being allowed to enter a country.

#4 Angel Di Maria - Paris Saint Germain

The Argentine is considered as one of the most versatile forwards in the world, who has the ability to score from any kind of attacking position. Di Maria, while climbing the ranks as a teenager back in 2006 caught the attention of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who then decided to sign him almost immediately. However, due to an extremely bizarre work permit rule, Di Maria was not granted a work permit to England. The reasons had much to do with his eligibility as a football player.

The Argentine then moved to Portugal where he played for Benfica and later moved on to Real Madrid. However, in 2014, he was granted a work permit by the UK government as he was allowed to play for Manchester United without any immigration problems.

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