Gareth Bale may have to switch from playing in the UEFA Champions League final. To play in the Championship stage in one match. After opening talks on moving to the Cardiff team. But he wouldn’t be the first to be like this.
The Uefa Champions League winner has ended up playing in the Championship more than you might remember. Gareth Bale close to becoming the latest icon to move in the same vein amid the turmoil. Negotiate with Cardiff ! From Manchester United and Chelsea to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Some of Europe’s most famous footballers have ended up playing in the second division of English football. When they want to end their career success. And in the midst of Bale‘s talk. We’ll be exploring 10 superstars play in the English Football League (the league of professional football clubs from England and Wales). Over the years which some people take much longer than others.
John Terry, widely regarded as one of the best defenders in Premier League history. Won five league titles with Chelsea and one Champions League trophy in 2011/12. The England international left the club in 2017 and joined Aston Villa. He was appointed captain ahead of the new Championship season despite having a good season. But his time in the second division as a player ended in heartbreak as they lost 1-0 to Fulham at Wembley.
Nwankwo Kanu joined Arsenal in 1999 after a difficult time at Inter. Where he was able to make his debut in Ajax ‘s first team and win the Champions League. With the team in the 1994–95 season. He scored 44 goals for Arsenal and won two Premier League titles. He later signed for relegated West Brom and Portsmouth during his fourth season at UFABET club. The Nigerian has played for two seasons in the Championship on the south coast of England. By scoring just three goals while his football career ended quietly.
Wayne Rooney had 13 dazzling seasons with Manchester United. During which time he won five Premier League titles and one Champions League title in 2007/08. In 2017, before joining D.C. United and returning to England as a player-coach at Derby County. He was appointed the new captain. The former England captain played 30 games in the second division and scored six goals. He retired in January 2021 after being appointed permanent manager of the Iron Sheepdog. But after the team dropped to League One last season. Recently referred to have solved the tap from the role of team manager.
Andy Cole played for 12 English clubs but is best remembered for his eight seasons at Manchester United. Where he won five Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy following his time at Blackburn. Cole also signed for Portsmouth and ended up joining Birmingham on loan at the Championship, the forward scoring just once. Out of the 5 games he played Later he played for Sunderland in the top league. Before going to football in the second division with Burnley and Nottingham Forest
Ashley Cole’s penalty helped Chelsea win the Champions League final over Bayern Munich in 2011/12, having won the Premier League with the club in 2009/10. He moved to Roma and LA Galaxy before being brought back to English football by former team-mate Frank Lampard, who got a job as manager at Derby . The club nine times in 2018/19 and also scored his first FA Cup goal during the clash with Brighton, despite having won the competition seven times.
Eider Gudjohnsen was brought to English football by Bolton Wanderers. Before winning two Premier League titles with Chelsea, where he attracted interest from Barcelona, the Icelandic icon then won the treble under Pep. Guardiola, which included a Champions League final victory over Manchester United, he left Barca to Monaco and later played at Tottenham, Stoke. C, Fulham, AEK Athens, Circle Bruges and Club Brugge before returning to Bolton in the 2014/15 Championship, where he scored five goals in 21 games.
Kiko Casilla returned to Real Madrid from Espanyol in 2015 and went on to make 43 appearances for the club. Won 1 league title and 3 Champions League titles, despite not playing regularly in the starting lineup. But a move to Leeds at the Championship was a shock to many and he played two seasons before being promoted to the Premier League. Casilla moved to Elche on loan. last season and looks set to leave Leeds permanently this summer.
John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel made a sensational move to Chelsea, having previously posed in a Manchester United outfit after impressing withNorwegian club Lean. And subsequently winning two Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League title in 2011/12, Mikel left the club in 2017 to pursue a career in China before signing with Manchester United. Middlesbrough is in the Championship and returns to the division in 2020/21 with Stoke after a career at Trabzonspor in Turkey. 2 clubs of the Championship
Gary Cahill joined Chelsea from Bolton in 2011 and has since won every trophy English football can have, including the Premier League and the Champions League. Went to Crystal Palace in 2019, where he spent two seasons there in the Premier League, before joining the Championship with Bournemouth last season, despite playing 22 league games and club competitions. He returned to play in the top league. But he was released by the club as he approached his 37th birthday.
At one time, Boyan was a youngster for Barcelona, who made 164 appearances for the club over four seasons and helped them win three league titles and two Champions League titles, however, he moved to Roma in 2011. and went on to play for England with Stoke in 2014/15 after playing for Milan and Ajax. But after two seasons with Stoke He was also sent on loan to Mainz and Alaves. He then returned to Stoke, where he was relegated to the Championship, where he made 21 appearances and scored one goal in 2018/19.