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5 footballers who became world class after a change in position

Rupam Nag
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Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga
Gareth Bale is one of the most popular examples

We all know how Gareth Bale's career suddenly lit-up once he was moved higher up the pitch. Southampton had sold what they regarded as 'a promising left-back' to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2007, for a fee of £7 million.

It is unlikely that they would have predicted that the Welsh kid would one day become a world-class winger, let alone the most expensive player in the world, and winner of three Champions League titles.

Well, that is what something as simple as a change in position can do for a footballer. While many have found success post a change in position, some have benefited so much so as to develop into world beaters. Gareth Bale is only one of them.

Today we shall look at five such players, who went from being above-average to world-class with an amendment in position, and loads of training to go with it.


#5 Robin van Persie

Fenerbahce v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League: Third Qualifying Round 1st Leg
Van Persie turned out to be a hugely productive striker.

Robin van Persie was a 20 year old lad when Arsene Wenger noticed something special in him. Back then, he was one of the many impressive young wingers - fairly quick, good technique on the ball, good ability to beat a defender, and decent finishing. However Arsene Wenger saw him as a completely different footballer, and boy was he right.

Robin van Persie was, as we all know, moved to the centre of the pitch and instructed to play as a striker. God knows, he made an extraordinary career out of it.

He quickly became one of Europe's hottest properties, and also one of the best players in the world. Manchester United would consider themselves lucky to acquire his services for a very modest fee of £24 million.

In his career, he has scored over 300 goals, including that header in the World Cup against Spain that got him the title of "The Flying Dutchman". Definitely one of the most exciting forwards to watch in the history of the Premier League, and one of the deadliest of his era too. Thank you, Arsene.

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