6 players who re-signed for ex-clubs and succeeded
When a player is sold from a club and then goes on to succeed in developing and honing his skills at another club or league, the chances of him returning to the club he was once at, is slim to none in modern football.
The business of football is a cruel, harsh, cut-throat world where jobs for individuals working in any capacity is never assured.
For a player to be brought back to his former club, is not just a bold move on the players part but that of the clubs', signalling their intent and desire to accept a possible wrongdoing while placing tremendous faith in the ability of the player being recruited again.
Coupled with the fact that the clubs' pay out a lot of money to bring the player back to the place he once called home.
Here we take a look at five such players who added value to the team they once left and excelled on their return.
#6 Mats Hummels
The 28-year-old World Cup winning German centre-back, Mats Hummels, was a Bayern Munich players between 2006-09, making appearances for the Bayern second team, after rising through the Bavarian club's youth academy.
Unhappy with his developmental progress at Bayern, Hummels opted to move to rivals Borussia Dortmund, where he enjoyed a fruitful spell, winning two Bundesliga titles and the German cup.
Hummels was also a UEFA Champions League finals runner-up in 2013, as Bayern pipped Dortmund to win the UEFA Champions League.
After 8 years at Dortmund, Hummels felt it was time for a change, and moved back to his boyhood club Bayern Munich in 2016, signing a five-year deal.
The impact was instant as Hummels claimed his first Bundesliga with Bayern in his first full season, back as a Munich player.
With four years left on his contract, a number of accolades are yet to be collected by Mats Hummels.