3) Iker Casillas
The legendary Spaniard was written off by many following his altercation with Jose Mourinho. No longer was Casillas seen as the untouchable at Real where he had been for more than a decade making a record 725 appearances for the club second only to Raul Gonzalez. Casillas was first dropped and the situation exacerbated when Jose brought in Diego Lopez following Casillas’ injury. Despite Jose’s departure, Casillas could not get in the starting XI with Ancelloti using him only for cup ties. Casillas did enjoy a fairytale ending to his Real career though as he was the captain when Real defeated rivals Atletico in Benfica. He signed for Porto where he initially struggled but has now become a key cog for the Portuguese side. He was central to Porto reclaiming the league title after four seasons.
MesutOzil has cut a divisive figure since arriving at Arsenal. A star playmaker during his time at Real Madrid, Arsenal had seemingly pulled off a major coup signing the German on the deadline day in 2013. Ozil had the best possible start to his Gunner’s career assiting one and preassiting another. Since then, Ozil has been always been a major topic of discussion. Some have criticised his ponderous style of play however it is worth noting that nobody not even David Silva has created more chances than Ozil since the German arrived in the league. He had a fantastic season of 2016-17 with the Gunners assisting 19 goals second to only Thierry Henry. It was no coincidence that Arsenal’s trophy barren run ended the season Ozil arrived as the Gunners defeated Hull City. Under Emery, Arsenal have made a positive start and if the early signs are to be trusted, Ozil might soon have trophies to show for all his success at Arsenal.
ArjenRobben was one of the first players to depart when Florentino Perez decided to bring back the Galactico era at Real Madrid back in 2009. It was also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed when Robben was sold. Nevertheless, a player written off by Real so soon has gone on to reach supreme levels at Bayern. Furthermore, he has gotten over the injury struggles which hindered his progress early in his career. Signed for a meager 20million Euros, Robben has been prominent in Bayern’s decade of success both domestically and in Europe. He scored the winning goal against Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final in Wembley, which remains undoubtedly the highlight of his career in Munich. Now 35, Robben is still going strong and even today is an indispensable figure in the Bayern side.