Footballers all have admiration for certain clubs while growing up but could later end up playing against their dream and childhood clubs after turning into a professional player. Football fans are known to support their clubs religiously, and for many, the bond with their clubs is for life. But some never had the opportunity of forming such bonds and the worst scenario is them having to represent their rival clubs.
Here are the ten lists of players who ended up against their childhood clubs.
1. Kelvin De Bruyne
De Bruyne has become one of the best midfielders of this generation ever since he moved to Manchester City. His playmaking skills and ability to destabilize opponents defense with his excellent passing and crossing skills are second to none.
"I was a Liverpool fan. My family that lives in England were all Liverpool supporters so I was, too,"
"I loved Michael Owen, because I was really small like him and quick, too. I compared myself to him at the time. I liked [Zinedine] Zidane and Ronaldinho too – those really skillful players."
2. Gareth Bale
The former Tottenham star revealed he supported arch-rival, Arsenal while growing up.
"I used to like Arsenal a lot. But when I moved to Tottenham of course I liked them less.
3. Ole Solksjaer
The current Manchester United manager is a legend in the club having played for the Manchester club for 11 years during his playing days. He won the champions league trophy with Manchester United in 1999, scoring the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the final at Camp Nou.
The former striker revealed he supported rival club, Liverpool he was a kid.
"When you are back home and you watched games on television and you tend to support the team that is winning".
" so in the 80s, Liverpool were winning".
4. Andres Iniesta
The former Barcelona midfield great supported Real Madrid while growing up. He admitted to supporting Real Madrid he was a kid due to the fact that Barcelona hampered his then club, Albacete.
"It happened because Barcelona scored seven goals against Albacete and I got so angry and threw such a tantrum"
"I was unhappy that Barcelona had done that to my Albacete, so I had a difficult time which included a change of team"
5. Raheem Sterling
Sterling is definitely one of the top left-wingers in the game at the moment and is a key member of the current Manchester City and England squad.
He started his Premier League career with Liverpool and then earned a big-money move to City- two of the biggest rivals of his childhood's favorite club, Manchester United. He even confessed to having the club's jersey in his collection in an interview with Daily Mirror last year.
"I shouldn't really say this not now, definitely not now! But I was a massive Manchester United fan when I was young".
" I had an old united kit, from when they won the last FA cup. I was at the final in 2007"
The former Barcelona player left the club in 2017 for PSG in 2017 for a world-record fee. However, his exit from the club isn't quite surprising as he revealed in an interview with Marca 10 years ago that he dreams of playing for Real Madrid.
My idol is Zidane, and I prefer Robinho over both!", he said, when asked to pick between Ronaldinho and Kaká.
7. John Terry
The former Chelsea captain reportedly grew up in a family of Manchester United fans. Before making a name for himself with the Blues, he was a Machester United fan.
" I was Manchester United while growing up, ow what it's like when you're a boy, you want to support the team that's winning everything. And my dad and granddad were Man United fans."
8. Luka Modric
Modric has gone on to flourish at Madrid ever since his move to the club in 2012. He's won numerous trophies with the club including winning the Champions League four times between 2014-2018.
Madrid has brought him fame and success but he was a huge Barcelona fan when he was young. His national teammate and Barcelona star, Ivan Rakitic revealed in an interview few years ago.
"Many times, I told not to get him because he is even more of a cule than I am. When we were young, we all had a favorite team and it's no secret that Loved the Claret and blue color.
9. Adam Lallana
The Liverpool star, who made the move up to Merseyside many years ago, claims he grew up a Blue because of his father, but insists his allegiances have switched now.
"I have a confession. It was Everton because my dad supported them. I'm a Red now though.'
" When I was supporting them, Everton always seemed to be fighting relegation. I seem to remember there were a lot of tears"
Isco admitted he was a Barcelona fan while growing up. A couple of years ago, Isco had admitted that the reason he named his dog 'Messi', is because he believes that the Argentina national team captain is the best player in the world. And that was, of course, before completing his swap to the Madrid-based side in 2013.
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