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Top five: Premiership players who have come back to haunt their old club

The stars who have enjoyed facing their previous employers

Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor

This weekend, a whole host of players faced their former employers, most notably Emmanuel Adebayor at Eastlands and Dimitar Berbatov at White Hart Lane. Face kicking and celebrating aside, the former put in a performance that truly represented his stunning talent (something which was somewhat of a rarity during his final months at Arsenal), while the latter moped around and fluffed numerous chances (prompting the chant “That’s why we sold you!” – a chorus only bettered by the  “You’re not signing any more!” that Chelsea received at Stoke).

With these acrimonious encounters in mind, Spoiler correspondent Liam Jarvis has selected his top five players who have enjoyed facing the teams that used to sign their puffed-up pay cheques…

William Gallas
The tantrum-prone Frenchman scored the winning header from a Cesc Fabregas corner to beat Chelsea 1-0 back in 2007. The goal ended a 3-year winless streak against their London rivals.

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer marked his 300th club career goal in perfect fashion, a simple penalty against former side Blackburn in 2002.

Jermain Defoe
The King of Bedding Topless Models could also be the King of Scoring Against Former Clubs. Since re-signing for Spurs under a year ago, he has already scored against familiar faces at West Ham and Portsmouth. He also scored a penalty against Spurs while at Portsmouth.

Nicolas Anelka
Le Sulk left Arsenal with a slightly tarnished reputation. Said reputation was left polished and sparkling, however, when he played against Arsenal for Bolton, shocking the Gunners with two goals in a 3-1 win back in 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo spent seven years at Sporting Club, where he showed preliminary signs of becoming one the game’s finest players. When he returned to the Jose Alvalado Stadium in 2007 with Manchester United, his goal from a free-kick was celebrated with an almost-apologetic bow, and a standing ovation from home supporters as he was substituted.

Can you think of any other players who should have made the top five? Don’t keep it to yourself, share the love below…

6 responses so far
  • Andrew // September 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    David Unsworth scoring a penalty against sheffield when playing for wigan to send sheffield down.

  • Sparky // September 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Ronaldo scored from a header in Lisbon, the free kick was at Old Trafford, good list though!

  • sz // September 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    two words. denis law.

  • cap123 // September 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    dennis law is the ultimate.

  • da // September 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    one word – Premiership!

  • Pedro // September 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Sporting Clube de Portugal and José Alvalade are spelled wrong.

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