Here is a list of 10 world cracks who returned to the team where ‘they got big’ years after the first time:
One of the many ‘golden’ signings that Monchi has made in the history of Sevilla is Ivan Rakitic. After becoming a star in the Andalusian team, he made the great leap of his career in 2014 and signed for Barcelona. He played 6 seasons there at a very good level and in the summer of 2020 he returned to the Seville club.
Here I am going to put a ‘combo’. Two of the great forwards of the Netherlands (and that is to say) such as Van Persie and Kuyt left Feyenoord when they were very young. The former became a tremendous scorer at Arsenal and United, while the latter made history at Liverpool. They would finish their respective careers back at ‘home’ and in Dirk’s case, ‘returning’ the Eredivisie title to the club almost 20 years later.
‘El Niño’ made his debut at the age of 17 with the rojiblanco club when they were living the first of their two campaigns in the Second Division. He played 7 rojiblanco seasons and even coincided with Simeone. He went to Liverpool and after also passing through Chelsea and Milan, he returned in 2015 to the club of his loves. It was until 2018.
Bale became the most expensive signing in history in the summer of 2013. Real Madrid paid € 101 million to Tottenham to bring him in, and after 6 years of more to less, last season the Whites gave him back to the Spurs. There he has recovered some sensations.
Manchester United would likely regret letting Pogba leave for practically free in 2011, heading to Juventus, when he was just 18 years old. Five years later they made him the most expensive signing in football history after spending 120 million to bring him back. Now he is one of the current great players of the ‘red devils’.
Being almost a child, Shevchenko made his debut with Dynamo Kiev in which he would play 6 seasons and even reach a Champions League semi-finals. He then became a star at Milan, where he won the 2004 Ballon d’Or and the Champions League. After a brief stint at Chelsea and an even shorter return to Milan, he ended his career at Dinamo Kiev itself. He retired after Euro 2012 in his country.
In the case of both, they were still young players heading to the Premier. Piqué went to United and Cesc to Arsenal, and the former returned in 2008 and after 13 years is a club legend who has won everything several times. The second returned in 2012, after almost a decade away, and spent 3 years wearing the Barça shirt.
After his stint at Monaco or Juventus, Wenger took Henry over to form one of the best Arsenal in history. The Frenchman played there from 1997 to 2007 before signing for Barcelona. As a Barça player he won everything, he went through MLS and ended his career after returning to the Gunner club.
Abramovich broke the market when he arrived at Chelsea with big signings. Probably the most important of all those he did was Drogba, from Olympique Marseille. The ‘elephant’ played 8 seasons of blue and said goodbye after giving the first Champions League in its history to the club. He headed to Galatasaray, and two years later he would return to London to have a ‘last dance’ there.
Ibrahimovic has been through a host of powerful teams across Europe, but in none has he been as decisive as in Milan. In 2010 he signed from Barcelona and the Rossoneri won a league again after years of drought. A decade later, in January 2020 and almost 40 years old, he returned to the Lombard team. They have regained their place among the ‘nobility’ of Serie A after years of hardship.