As football fans, we tend to get very attached to the stars of our favorite teams. We see certain players as icons—representative of the ambition, hopes and aspirations of the club they play for.
And in some cases, this turns out to be a valid perception. Paolo Maldini, Gary Neville, Javier Zanetti—each of these players can indeed be said to represent everything that is good about their respective clubs.
These players demonstrated incredible loyalty in their careers and will forever be remembered for their incredible commitment to the success of their club.
However, as we idolize and iconicize our favorite players, we run the risk of forgetting that football is still their source of income and occupation, and that club loyalty does not always come above that.
Thus, though the players on this list probably could've avoided playing for their old team's archrivals, they are clear reminders that for many players in football, money does speak louder than loyalty.