Over the years, we have witnessed a plethora of players who entertained fans with amazing skills and goals. As a result of their tremendous contributions, they were able to attain legendary statuses at different clubs in the English Premier league. However, in a bit to explore more from their careers, these players after doing so much departed the Premier league and years later, they returned to make one last contribution to the clubs they once served faithfully.
In view of this, check out four legendary footballers who came back to play for their former clubs in the English top flight.
1- Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
The Frenchman initially joined Arsenal in 1999 where he played until 2007. His contributions at the club earned him a statue outside the Emirates Stadium, one that was unveiled in 2011. In January 2012 and out of necessity, Henry made a loan move back to the Gunners and contributed yet again till the end of the campaign. By the time the season ended, he had scored 228 goals and currently stands as the club's all time top scorer.
Photo of Henry During His First Arsenal Spell (1999-07)
During His Second Stint (Jan 2012- June 2012)
2- Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
If there's one player that will live long in the hearts of the Chelsea supporters, then it is none other than former Ivorian player Didier Drogba. The 43 year old had previously signed with the Blues from 2004-2012 where he won three Premier league titles and one Champions league. Two years after his departure, Drogba was back again at Stamford Bridge and once more assisted the club to win another Premier league title in 2015.
During his first spell (2004-12)
His second stint (2014-15)
3- Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspurs)
He may not have achieved at White Hart Lane the way Henry and Drogba did, but Bale's talent endeared him to the Tottenham fans. 7 years after his exit, the Welshman returned on loan to play once more for the North London club last season. Altogether, he scored 54 goals at the club, one that keeps him on 18th position in the all time scoring chart.
First Spell (2007-13)
Second Spell (2020-21)4- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Ronaldo will always have Manchester United to thank for the successful career he now enjoys as it was with the Red Devils that he won his first Champions League title and Ballon d'or award in 2008. 12 years after leaving the Premier league, the Portuguese International is now back again and at age 36, he seems not to have lost his hunger to win.
First Stint (2003-09)
Second Stint (2021-)
Conclusively, there are a lot of other footballers who attended legendary positions in the Premier league clubs they played, but of the many, these are the few who came back to play with their former employers.
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