The 15 footballers who would have become club legends if they had stayed

Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Managing Editor

Above anything else, footballers want to be loved and remembered – just ask Cristiano Ronaldo – but of course there’s a desire to win trophies.

And there comes a time in any footballers’ career where they have to weigh up what’s more important: adulation or a full cabinet.

Some, but not many, have taken the Mark Noble path at West Ham; years of mediocrity to remain a fan favourite rather than push on. So many, though, jumped ship, left in acrimonious circumstances and, with hindsight, perhaps regret it.

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Sure, the likes of Robin van Persie is now able to polish his Premier League winners’ medal. However, the Dutchman has very quickly become a washed up has been out in Turkey with no real legacy.

Only the former Arsenal man knows if it was worth it all…

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