5 football players who turned down big money transfers
Sometimes, loyalty is more important than money in football. We have seen the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti who have stayed in their teams for an extremely long period of time because they have been loyal to their clubs for almost their entire career. As professional athletes, it is also important to give the fans what they want, if they want them to stay, they better do so in order to keep their morale.
Many say the sport is all about money, but these 5 football players have proven them wrong, as they have rejected some of the biggest money moves offered by top-class football clubs in Europe, and have decided to stay where they are, winning more glories and registering their names in the hearts of their very own fans.
There will be no surprise that they have kept silverware before money as their ultimate priority. Loyalty matters and they prove it to all of us.
#5 Gianluigi Buffon - Barcelona
One of the best goalkeepers in the world, the former world cup winner definitely needs no introduction. Considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, he has appeared for more than 500 games for the Serie A giants Juventus and has also played for Parma in the late 90s.
Albeit, before his arrival at the Juventus stadium, Buffon was offered a first-team role at Barcelona in 2001, and at that time, La Blaugrana was completely trailing both in the league and in the European competition. To everybody's surprise, Buffon made a move to Juventus as he thought that they were the bigger club at that point in time. It was also reported that the Italian goalkeeper was being offered a hefty pay by the Catalan giants.