LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Angel Di Maria of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 26, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

5 Players Who Will Face Their Former Clubs in the Champions League Round of 16

The die has been cast, and we have been presented with some brilliant fixtures in the round-of-16 of the UEFA Champions League. The matches will be played in February and March, allowing us to take a closer look at the title contenders. 


This section, however, is not about the matches, per se, it's more about the players and clubs they will be going up against, this section is about muted celebrations and apologetic gestures after scoring.


Here are five top players who will be going up against their former teams in Champions League round of 16.

5. Xherdan Shaqiri - Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

Emotions will run high for Liverpool's summer signing, Xherdan Shaqiri, when he visits Allianz Arena on the 14th of March. The winger, who's been enjoying a fine campaign so far, spent two and a half years in Germany between 2012 and 2015.


He made a total of 81 appearances for Bayern Munich, winning two Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League.

4. Angel Di Maria - Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United

Unlike the other four players on our list, Angel Di Maria, does not share an intimate relationship with his former employers. The Argentinian signed for Manchester United following a Champions League-winning campaign with Real Madrid. He was handed the famous number 7 jersey, but what unfolded over the next months was nothing short of shameful. 


He only made 32 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit before sneaking off to Paris Saint-Germain the next summer. 

3. Leroy Sane - Manchester City vs Schalke 04

Leroy Sane has been making headlines for Manchester City for the last couple of seasons now, but it was Schalke who gave the German the opportunity to make a name for himself. 


After spending a total of six years at the club's academy, Sane signed a three-year 

professional contract with Schalke 04 in 2014. Over the next two seasons, he went on to score 13 goals in 57 appearances for the German side before joining City in 2016.

2. Samuel Umtiti - Barcelona vs Lyon

Even a couple of seasons back, Samuel Umtiti was not a household name. Now, following a brilliant World Cup campaign and a couple of great seasons at Barcelona, he is hailed as one of the finest defenders in the business. 


The Frenchman spent his entire career at Lyon. After spending 10 years in the club's youth system, Umtiti signed his first professional contract in 2012. He then went on to make 170 appearances for the club before Barça came calling in 2016. 

1. Mario Mandzukic - Juventus vs Atletico Madrid

Mario Mandzukic could be considered a late bloomer in the truest sense. The Juventus forward is known for him unmatched grit and determination - a trait widely associated with one of his decorated former clubs, Atletico Madrid.


He moved to the Spanish capital in 2014 following a two-year stint at Bayern Munich. He only spent a year with Los Rojiblancos, but still managed to score 20 goals (43 appearances) and nick a piece of silverware - the Spanish Supercopa.