5 top footballers sold by Jose Mourinho
A lowdown on five world-class players that Jose Mourinho showed the door at his clubs.
The self-proclaimed 'Special One' has achieved success wherever he's gone. Starting off as an assistant at Sporting CP, Jose Mourinho enjoyed successful stints at FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Even in his first season with Manchester United, the Portuguese manager guided his side to two trophies.
Regardless of the picture the media paints of him, Mourinho is still regarded as one of the greatest coaches of this generation. While his defensive approach to the game may see fans fall out of love with their team's style of play, he manages to win silverware and thus succeeds in silencing his critics.
While there is no debate about Mourinho's credentials as one of the world's greatest, he has made some glaring errors while offloading certain players who have then turned out to be superstars in European football.
Here five of the best players that Mourinho got rid of
#5 Romelu Lukaku
The Belgian striker is one of two players on this list that are currently working with Mourinho at Manchester United despite him selling them at his previous clubs. Lukaku, who is the Red Devils' leading goal scorer this season was sold by his current manager during his days at Chelsea.
After enjoying two successive loan spells at West Brom and Everton, many expected Lukaku to be the next big thing for foreseeable future and lead the line with aplomb like a certain Ivorian did for several seasons.
However, when Big Rom was ready for a first-team berth at Chelsea, Mourinho played a one-striker system and did not want to alter his formation that could promise Lukaku a regular role in the side. Thus, due to the arrival of Diego Costa, the Belgian opted to join Everton for a club record £28 million.
This did not stop Lukaku's goal-scoring exploits and instead spurred him to elevate his game and to cement his status as one of the Premier League's most feared strikers.
Playing for a club of Everton's stature, Lukaku worked extremely hard and ended up scoring a staggering 53 Premier League goals in three seasons - helping the Toffees to top half finishes.
The Belgian has now proven himself to Mourinho, and despite suffering a bit of a scoring drought, continues to receive the unwavering support of his manager. The Special One sees the 24-year-old as one of Europe's finest and believes he is the man to take United in the right direction.