Ashley Cole
Many players have turned on former clubs of theirs over the years, including the latest, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar. Here are 10 footballers who slammed former teams of theirs after leaving.
Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see 10 players who spoke poorly of former teams of theirs, according to several sources.
Following his two goals and two assists for his new club on Sunday night, Neymar was quoted by FourFourTwo as saying, about FC Barcelona’s current situation: “When I arrived, everything started well but then… at Barcelona, there are directors that shouldn’t be there. I’m very sad with them.”
The Brazilian proceeded to insist that the Catalan giants deserve better leadership, following the recent criticism club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has come under in the press and from his team’s supporters.
In March, Dimitri Payet once again spoke about his move from West Ham United back to Marseille, telling Sky Sports he had feared that by staying with the Hammers, he would regress as a footballer.
Ashley Cole’s spat with Arsenal in 2006 was well documented, but he again criticised the Gunners earlier this year when he revealed on television programme Play to the Whistle that he felt the club had disrespected him.
Barca legend Samuel Eto’o ripped into Italian club Sampdoria after he left the club in 2015, while Carlos Tevez once held up a sign that read “RIP Fergie” during an open-top bus parade for Manchester City, aimed at former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Former United captain Roy Keane talked down his former club when he left in 2006, while the Daily Express once quoted Mario Balotelli when he criticised Liverpool. After leaving Barca at the beginning of last season, Dani Alves slammed the Catalan club’s board for the way he was treated.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and El Hadji Diouf also feature in the gallery, with the Swede having slammed Barca in 2010, while the former Senegal forward has often spoken of his animosity towards Liverpool and the management