15 Football players who completely ruined their careers with one bad transfer

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Life is all about serious, important things like nous, judgement and good decision-making.

Which is a real pain in the arse for those of us who approach the world as frivolously as we do.

Luckily, we’re not alone.

And this list of previously very successful footballers who suddenly became feckless idiots overnight should make all of us feel a lot better about ourselves.

1. Alex Hleb, Arsenal to Barcelona (£11.8 million)

Hleb got ideas above his station when he even started thinking about a move to Barcelona. He should’ve checked himself right then and there. But he only went and signed the forms.

Five La Liga starts later he was out on his ear and the rapid downhill spiral commenced. Birmingham, Krylia Sovetov and Konyaspor were just some of the stops on the way to Genclerbirligi, where Hleb was last spotted.

2. Denilson, Sao Paulo to Real Betis (£21.5 million)

Nobody had heard of him before this move. Hell, nobody had really heard of Real Betis before this move. But it was a world record so he was going to be big.

Except, he wasn’t. He flopped and Betis were relegated two years later, leaving him to fritter away a career at Bordeaux, FC Dallas and Vietnamese side Hai Phong to name a few.

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