Despite being considered a legend at Stamford Bridge for more than a decade, Petr Cech has had to ask Chelsea fans to understand his decision to move across London to join Arsenal (via Daily Mirror).
The 33-year-old has been between the sticks for many of the greatest occasions in the club’s history, nevertheless he may be expecting boos when his old side and his current team meet in the Community Shield later this summer.
However – given what he has achieved, and how much playing time he would probably be given if he stayed with the Premier League champions – he is surely not in the class of some of the names on the list of football’s top ten traitors, despite his move to one of Chelsea’s main rivals for the title next season.
Here is the top ten that make Cech look like an angel:
10) Luis Figo
Around the Millennium, the battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid was seen as something of a good versus evil scenario. While the Catalan giants constructed a team of wonderfully-technical players that had developed themselves while at the Nou Camp, Los Blancos appeared to threw money at the biggest names in the world, known as Galatico’s, and tried to buy all the success they achieved. Unsurprisingly, Madrid became interested in Barcelona’s star man Luis Figo because of his ability, but the fact that he played for their bitter rivals made signing him irresistibly tempting.
In 2000, the world looked on stunned as Figo was presented as a Madrid player, having joined for a world record fee of £37.4m (via The Telegraph). The move clearly still hurts the club today, as the Daily Mirror recently revealed that the Barca had banned the Portuguese winger from playing for them in a legends match.
9) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The super Swede has played for most of Europe’s very best clubs, and has thrived at each, surely making him one of the finest forwards of the modern era. However, while he was won many admirers throughout his career, he has failed to win many friends. Part of the reason for that is the fact that he has played for the three biggest clubs in Italy: Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter. His departure from the Old Lady came in the wake of their relegation to Serie B as punishment for the scandal that engulfed the game in the country which, although he was not the only one to jump ship, told you something about his loyalty.
Meanwhile, playing for both sides that play their home games at San Siro is never the best idea, not that he will care too much.
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