Footballers Who are Legends at Multiple Clubs
The term legend is probably a word that gets overused, especially in today’s day of social media. A player could have one good season for a club and people will be readily happy to name them a legend even when they are far away from the word. Over the years we’ve seen Legends of the game who played for only one side such as Lionel Messi, Paolo Maldini & Ryan Giggs, But if you thought being a legend for one club is tough there have been players who are Legends of multiple clubs. Here we name players who have achieved legend status at multiple clubs.
First on our list is Kevin Keegan’s career is mostly remembered for being a huge part of the great Bill Shankly side in the 70s. Liverpool was the most dominant side in the 70s thanks to Keegan who during his time at the Kop scored 100 goals in 323 games which lead Liverpool to 9 trophies. However, Keegan isn’t only a Kop Legend. 170 miles northeast of Merseyside in Tyneside the 2-time Ballon d’Or winner is known as the Messiah. Keegan spent two seasons at Newcastle as a player and had two spells as a manager most famously in 1996 where he almost delivered the premier league title to the Geordies. Keegan was also touted to return as manager in 2008 when Mike Ashley put the club up for sale and a consortium of Nigerian businessman, represented by NVA’s Chris Nathaniel, suggested they would consider reinstating Keegan if their bid proved successful. Unfortunately, Keegan did not return to the toon.
Next on our list is the great Dutch footballing philosopher Johan Cruyff. Football has seen many greats but none has impacted the game like the late Dutch legend Cruyff. Cruyff began his legendary career at his hometown club Ajax making more than 300 appearances and scoring 250 goals for them. This is described as the golden era, during which the total football he helped put together led the team to six league titles and three European cups. Cruyff then made a move to Barcelona in 1973 and became an instant hit with the Catalan giants. During his time there he helped Barcelona win their first league title since 1970 and handed Real Madrid a 5-0 thrashing at the Bernabeu. Cruyff brought a philosophy and ethos which changed the face and history of the club.
A more recent multi-club legend is Current Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese captain has achieved legendary status at both Real Madrid and Manchester United. He is currently Real Madrid’s record goal scorer smashing Raul’s record and was vital in Madrid winning 3 Champions league titles in a row. Ronaldo also achieved legendary status at Manchester United where he won three premier league titles, the fa cup and the Champions league. Undoubtably one of the best of all time is it possible for him to achieve legendary status at his current club Juventus?