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6 of the Most Surprising Transfers in Football History

France and Lyon star, Nabil Fekir recently signed for Real Betis in what was one of the most surprising moves in recent history. Here, we take a look at six players ewho made surprising decisions to move to a club not really their type.

6. Robinho - Real Madrid to Manchester City - 2008

Robinho was Manchester City's first big signing following the club's takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group, who stole him from the clutches of Chelsea as he had already agreed a deal with the Blues for a transfer fee of £32million.


While he endured a middling first season and a poor second campaign, there is no doubt that his arrival helped the club send a message to other teams that they had arrived.

5. Juninho Paulista - Sao Paulo to Middlesborough - 1995

Widely hailed as one the greatest players in Middlesborough's history, Juninho Paulista paved the way for foreign footballers to come to the Premier League after he chose to move to England despite being tracked by a number of top European clubs.


Known as TLF (The Little Fella) by the club's supporters, he added a dash of glamour and creativity to both the club and the league but eventually left when they were relegated. He returned back to the Riverside Stadium for two more spells in 1999 and 2002-2004.

4. Fabrizio Ravanelli - Juventus to Middlesborough - 1996

Fabrizio Ravanelli had just won the UEFA Champions League title with Juventus in 1996 and it came as a surprise to see him lineup for Middlesborough just three months later, though this was a result of the Italian's not wanting to sell him to a European rival.


The Italian started well scoring a hat-trick against Liverpool on his debut and enjoyed an immensely brilliant first season in England, scoring 31 goals in just 48 games, however it ended in disappointment as they lost two Cup finals and were eventually relegated in his second year.

3. Kevin Keegan - Hamburg to Southampton - 1980

Kevin Keegan shocked the world when he decided to leave Hamburg for Southampton in 1980, considering that he was the reigning European Footballer of the Year and was an icon in Germany.


Southampton was then a middling first division side and the move was a success as he led the way in attack, scoring 42 goals in 80 games, helping them finish a club record sixth in his first season.

2. Edgar Davids - Barnet - 2012

Edgar Davids is one of the most recognisable footballers in the world, thanks to the glasses he wears due to a condition and during his time he was widely considered one of the best in his position, starring for top clubs such as Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan.


After two years out of the professional game, the Dutch legend signed on with League 2 bottom side Barnet as a player cum manager without salary, which send shockwaves throughout the football world.


His stint though did not have a fairytale ending as the club were relegated with the superstar being sent-off three times in the first eight games of the 2013-14 season.

1. Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano - Corinthians to West Ham - 2006

Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were touted as players of huge potential and despite links to a number of top clubs, it came as a major surprise when they were unveiled at the then struggling West Ham United side in 2006.


The duo were key in keeping the Hammers in the Premier League amid relegation fears at the expense of Sheffield United and it later came to light that a number of clubs had turned down the chance to sign them due to the third-party nature of their ownership.


West Ham were found to be guilty of having broken the leagues rules and were subsequently fined, with the club needing to settle out of court with Sheffield.