In Goldenballs’ final season at Old Trafford, flirtations with a move to sunny Spain had persisted throughout the year. Demanding Fergie was disappointed his formerly prodigious talent had transformed into a prima donna, with his application levels dropping. The Unitedb oss took particular offence after one poor performance and kicked a boot in the dressing room towards the midfielder, striking him above the eye. Rather than play down rumours of a rift, the England captain wore an Alice band in front of members of the paparazzi and the news was everywhere. At this point, the father-son type relationship between the two was tarnished and Becks was shipped off to Real Madrid with Ronaldo inheriting his position and his shirt number.
By Joe Coleman – @JoeColeman1508
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Valentine’s Day is here and while many associate this time with love, for others it is a time of bitterness and loneliness.
Football is an extremely passionate game, filled with emotions. Just ask Gazza how much he wanted to play in a World Cup final for his country.
When it’s good, it’s great to be a supporter. Everything just clicks on the pitch and it’s clear to see the chemistry on display.
However, with player power taking full effect in modern football, it seems loyalty and devotion are two traits you would be hard-pressed to find at clubs these days.
So for all you singletons out there, talkSPORT has compiled a gallery of the greatest break-ups in football – just so you don’t feel as lonely.
Click the right arrow, above, to see the rest of the gallery.