The quote ‘I’ll go now as I feel I have outstayed my welcome’ is not something that has ever crossed the lips of these players.
Modern football is a place where a player is as handsomely paid for sitting on the bench, as they are for having to chase the ball for 90 minutes. The seat on the bench or their role as a last-minute player becomes so comfortable though, that some change their LinkedIn profile from ‘professional footballer’ to ‘I like to sit around and stretch every once in a while’, while more still get thousands of pounds to have massages on their ‘injuries’.
This is the face Rooney pulled when he was told they speak Chinese in China and not English.
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A rare picture of Navas not giving the ball away. Image Source: Twitter
Hailed as the next great English player, quickly became the next great English flop. Image Source: Twitter
You didn't even realise he still played for Chelsea, did you? Image Source: Twitter
He's had more injuries than most people have had hot meals and, lets be honest, Tottenham are better without him. Image Source: Twitter
Ruined his career by signing for Manchester City and his decline has followed him to Sunderland. Image Source: Twitter
Can't get into the team ahead of Nacho Monreal and Arsene Wenger has bought a new left-back. Could be curtains for Gibbs. Image Source: Twitter
It's only been one season but he has overstayed his welcome. Image Source: Twitter
He still has his canon of a left foot, but he isn't the type of player Pep Guardiola wants. Image Source: Twitter
The cushiest job in football. He isn't a midfielder or a defender, and when brought on he can't even put a decent ball into the box. Image Source: Twitter
He gives every Sunday league footballer hope that they too will one day be able to play in goal for Everton. Image Source: Twitter
The entire Sunderland team
Let's be honest, their relegation has been coming for a while now.
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The above are the equivalent of inviting your mate over for a beer while the football is on only to find them on your doorstep with a sleeping bag and a sack full of dirty clothes. From big money buys that should be forced out after just one disappointing season to an entire team, the Premier League is no stranger to freeloaders.
For those out there that would like to be a footballer, though, many of the players on the above lustre testament to the fact that you don’t have to be that good to get a spot on the bench in the Premier League.