Being at a club for a considerable amount of time and stamping an influence in that timeframe is what turns a player into a legend. In the modern-day, it is difficult for a player to stay one club for a long time.
Be it interest from another club or just money, footballers don’t usually stay at one club for a long time. This is why even some of the best of legends submitted a transfer request to their club in order to move.
And here are five such players.
5. Wayne Rooney
“I'm disappointed, very disappointed, I can't believe it," Ferguson said.
“He had told us he was happy at the club, that he was at the best club in the world, so I must say it was terribly disappointing to get the news because I can't quite understand it. I had a meeting with him and he intimated it to me [that he wanted to leave] in his own way.”
These were Sir Alex Ferguson’s words when Wayne Rooney submitted a transfer request in October 2010. After a poor start to the season back then, he and his agent informed the club that he wanted to leave, some reports even suggesting that he was open to sign for Manchester City .
However, a few days later, the Englishman signed a new deal worth a reported £180,000-per-week, after which he was very happy to stay at the Old Trafford.
4. Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is an adored figure at the Merseyside. Some even want him to succeed the managerial throne from Jurgen Klopp once the German leaves. However, things could have turned out so much different.
In 2005, Gerrard handed in a transfer request to leave the club with Chelsea being the touted destination, after which he even received death threats from the fans. However, the Liverpool legend changed his mind at the very last moment and signed a new deal with the Reds.
3. Fernando Torres
Liverpool fans fondly remember the impact Fernando Torres had on their club. He formed a devastating partnership with Steven Gerrard and scored some fine goals for the club.
However, after 142 matches and 81 goals for the Reds, he had decided that his time was up. Liverpool might be the champions of Europe right now but at the time, they were barely making it to the premier competition of Europe.
As a result, when Chelsea came calling on January in 2011, Torres handed in a transfer request to Liverpool, which was initially rejected but they had to let him go ultimately.
2. Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona has always been a very controversial player. The Frenchman has never been one to hide his emotions, which was evident when he kicked a fan in the stands in 1995.
Following that, in August the same year, he handed in a request to be released from his contract as he no longer wanted to play in England. However, the club rejected it after a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson, he decided to stay at the club.
1. Sergio Ramos
It is very difficult to imagine a Real Madrid without Sergio Ramos. After all, he, along with Marcelo, are the only two players who have been at the Santiago Bernabeu since the time of Ramon Calderon's presidency.
While the general consensus right now is that Ramos is set to retire at the club, he was very close to leaving the club this summer as he had received an offer from China and requested the club to let him go.
Florentino Perez, however, refused to oblige.
“They (Ramos and his agent) came to see me in my office and told me they had a very good offer from China but the league rules over there wouldn’t permit them to pay the transfer fee,” said Perez.
“What was I going to tell him? We said this couldn’t happen but we’d speak to the club to satisfy him but that Real Madrid could not afford to let its captain leave for free as that would set a terrible precedent for other players.”