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5 World Cup Winners & Losers In The Premier League

Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria finally finalised his protracted move to Manchester United after a recently and we’re certain the World Cup runner up will be a hit with the fans. Although there are doubts that he will be a big money flop due to the physicality of the Premier League, we’ve listed a few of his compatriots he could look to emulate…

Mauro Zarate

Team: West Ham (Birmingham – on loan)

Year(s): 2008 (Birmingham loan), 2014 – Present

Currently plying his trade for West Ham, Mauro Zarate was once a cult figure amongst the Birmingham faithful. His loan spell in 2008 kept the Brummies entertained and his work rate was an inspiration to the rest of his team. And even though they were relegated during that campaign, we’re certain that the team and the fans will be forever grateful for the amount of the work the then-youngster put in.

Sergio Agüero

Team: Manchester City

Year(s): 2011 – Present

A lot has been said about “Kun Agüero”. A workhorse on the pitch, and a bull on the ball, as the final game of the 2011-2012 season showed. Sergio Agüero is the epitome of an explosive striker. His lethal pace and strength make opposing teams – defences mainly – quiver in their overpriced boots. One thing’s for sure, Man City fans are happier than any lottery millionaire is when he’s on the pitch.

Carlos Tevez

Team(s): Juventus (formerly of West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City)

Year(s): 2006 – 2013

A hero to many, villain to some.  Whether he was at West Ham, Manchester United or Manchester City he never failed to impress on the pitch. Unfortunately his off-field antics overshadowed his sublime performances on the field.

Fabricio Coloccini

Team(s): Newcastle

Year(s): 2008 – Present

Recently overcoming some homesickness, the experienced centre-back has been a rock at the heart of Newcastle’s defence. Since his £10million move from Deportivo La Coruña, Coloccini has made around 200 appearances for the club, proving to be a player who is way worth his transfer fee, which is something that is becoming a rarity in the modern game.

Javier Mascherano

Team(s): Barcelona (formerly of West Ham and Liverpool)

Year(s): 2006 – 2010

An integral part of the Argentina squad that Di Maria was part of and also the other half of the great West Ham transfer saga of the 2006 – 2007 season.  An expert of keeping possession and not giving it away easily, Mascherano is now plying his trade at Barcelona, but that could all change amid rumours of a possible transfer happening soon.

And here’s a few compatriots he won’t want to follow in the footsteps of…

Juan Sebastián Verón

Team(s): Estudiantes (formerly of Manchester United and Chelsea)

Year(s): 2001 – 2007

Listed as one of the worst 50 transfers in Premier League history. A hero in his hometown, Juan Sebastián Verón’s time in England will always be seen as one of the most expensive failures of all time.

Emilio Insua & Sebastian Leto

Team(s): Atletico Madrid & Catania, respectively (Both formerly of Liverpool)

Year(s): 2007 – 2011 & 2007 – 2008, respectively

This Argentine duo joined the Kop with bags of potential and were touted as the solution to Liverpool’s flailing left side.  Whilst Insua was given a decent run of games at Liverpool, he never reached the heights he was touted for, Leto faced a different problem as he was refused a work permit after a passport scandal in 2008. Insua was promptly shipped off to Galatasary on loan, then sold to Sporting CP and is now at Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid, whilst Leto signed for Greek side Olympiakos.

Luciano Becchio

Team(s): Norwich

2013 – Present

A name synonymous with Leeds fans, who were probably heartbroken when the striker decided to take the step up to the Premiership with Norwich City in the 2013 January transfer window. After failing to make an impression whilst the Canaries were in the Premier League, we’re sure he’ll be looking to establish himself in the Championship, where the team find themselves now.

Hernán Crespo

Team(s): Retired (Formerly Chelsea)

Year(s): 2003 – 2008

One of the first signings of the Abramovich era Hernán Crespo was an amazing striker in his own right, just sadly not in the Premier League.  The former Inter striker signed for £16million with a big reputation, but failed to adjust to life in the premier league and was later loaned to both Milan clubs. He then returned to Internazionale on a permanent basis in 2008.

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