After Harry Kane hinted at the possibility of one day leaving Tottenham in the same interview he described their lack of trophies as “hard to take”, it seems apt to consider those who have abandoned their childhood dreams in search of silverware.To qualify, the players must have left the team they supported as a boy. That rules out Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler, all of whom were fans of Everton when they were younger, as well as Robbie Keane, boyhood association football enthusiast. And they don’t necessarily have to have won trophies upon their move – the pursuit of them has to have been a key factor in their decision to leave.
Robin van Persie
After eight years at Arsenal, Robin van Persie left the north London club to join their bitter rivals Manchester United. The Dutchman was entering the final year of his contract with the Gunners and after it became apparent he wasn't going to renew it, he told Arsene Wenger he wished to move north. The forward had won an FA Cup with Arsenal but he'd never lifted the big one - the Premier League trophy. Van Persie said Arsenal's ambitions as a club failed to match his own and in hindsight, he was correct. In his first season with United, he was crowned a Premier League champion - scoring 30 goals and providing 15 assists in 48 appearances across all competitions. The now 37-year-old also won the Golden Boot. What a player!
Ashley Cole's retirement brings to end an illustrious career which saw the former Chelsea and Arsenal man win 16 trophies, including a record seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy. Cole started his career at boyhood club Arsenal, making over 200 appearances in north London and helping the Gunners to finish the 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten.Cole moved to Chelsea in controversial circumstances in 2006 and went on to become a legend at Stamford Bridge, making 338 appearances for the Blues in his eight-year spell there.
Luis Suarez left Liverpool to join Barcelona in 2014:
Luis Suarez was adored by the Anfield faithful during his time on Merseyside. However, for all his efforts and the controversy that followed the Uruguayan around (all of his own making), he never won a trophy with Liverpool. The striker informed the club he wanted to move on and after he was heavily linked with a move to their Premier League rivals Arsenal, Liverpool eventually sold him to Barcelona for £73.5m. Having won four La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey and the Champions League with the Catalans, Suarez will surely feel the move was worth it.
Sterling’s desire to play at the highest level – and at the pinnacle of European football – saw him move from Liverpool to Manchester City in the summer of 2015. And after struggling to adapt to life at the Etihad Stadium, the Englishman is finally beginning to fulfill the potential that saw the Citizens shell out a massive £49 million.
The veteran striker left Everton to join United in 2004 and enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the club, winning five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups, the Champions League, Europa League and Fifa Club World Cup.
OTHER NOTABLE NAMES:
Gary Lineker (Leicester to Everton)
Frank Lampard (West Ham to Chelsea)
Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool)
Sol Campbell (Tottenham to Arsenal)
Rio Ferdinand (West Ham to Leeds)
Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham to Monaco)
Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham to Manchester United)
Alan Smith (Leeds to Manchester United)
Modric (Tottneham to Real Madrid)
Bale (Tottenham to Realmadrid)
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