Footballers switch football clubs for many reasons; Either to make more money or to win trophies with a more ambitious and stronger team.
In as much as we have seen some Footballers who stayed out to one club throughout their career, with people like Steven Gerrard, Totti, Carragher to mention a few, others are not so loyal, and prefer to be on the road all the time in search of glory.
In this article, we will look at the top 5 players to have played for the most numbers of teams in their careers.
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 8 clubs
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is often regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, and the numbers speaks for him. The Swede is known for his football journeys, as he has played for a number of clubs in Europe and in America.
Having started his professional career in Ajax, when the young Ibrahimovic scored 44 goals in 110 games, he moved to Juventus where he spent just seasons. He then moved to Inter Milan, where he won the Seria A in his debut season and scoring 17 goals.
Next, Barcelona came calling and he moved to Spain in 2008 to join the Catalans where he would play for two seasons.
After an injury prone tenure in Barcelona, he returned back to Italy but this time chose to join AC Milan where he scored 50 goals across two seasons. In 2012, newly acquired PSG who were building their squad came calling again and Ibrahimovic joined the French side where he would go on to score 156 goals in 180 games across 5 seasons.
He then moved to Manchester United in 2017 before going on to play for LA Galaxy in the US. At 38, the tireless striker is currently playing for A C Milan.
4. Peter Crouch - 10 clubs
The giant of a player is probably one of the most recognisable players in the premier league era. His tall frame made him a very popular figure and he's more known for his time with Liverpool where he carved a reputation for scoring headed goals.
The former England international played for a total of 10 clubs in his career, which included Portsmouth, Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa, Norwich, Southampton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Stoke City ( where he spent the most time.7 years) and Burnley.
Crouch retired in 2019.
3. Robbie Keane - 10 clubs
The former Republic of Ireland international striker is one player who couldn't settle in a place. Being one of the most prolific strikers in the premier league era, the star is known for his time with Tottenham, where he scored 91 league goals across two spells. He played for a number of clubs in his career which included Wolves, Coventry, Inter-Milan, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, LA Galaxy, and ATK in India before retiring.
2. Nicolas Anelka -11 clubs
The former Chelsea man has been on the road since the start of his football career, averaging 3 years per club. The French man is probably more known for his time with Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, especially with the latter where he won the premier league and the Champions League with. Anelka played for Chelsea from 2008-2012, where he scored 38 goals in his four years stay.
The Former France international started his career with PSG, then went on to play for Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City, Fernerbahce, Bolton, Chelsea, Shanghai Shenhua, West Brom, and Mumbai City before retiring in 2016.
1. Andy Cole - 13 clubs
The former Manchester United striker is regarded as one of the top strikers in the premier league era, and his success with Manchester United cannot be overlooked.
The Former England international started his career with Arsenal, then moved to Fulham, then Bristol City before finding his foot at Newcastle United where he scored 55 goals in 70 appearances. This caught the attention of Manchester United who bought him in 1995. He was even more prolific with the Red Devils as he scored 93goals in 195 games and winning several league titles and the Champions League in 1999.
After leaving Man United in 2001, he went in to play for Blackburn Rovers, Man City, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Sunderland, Burnley, and Nottingham Forest before retiring.
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