The Brazilian was the flagship signing of the new era at Manchester City. What was surprising about the transfer was that Robinho had all along been linked with a move to Chelsea and for a player of his stature to join a mid-table club that City were at the time raised some eyebrows. While Robinho never really got going at City, his signing did lay down the marker for the plethora of stars to get allured by riches of City. In addition, Robinho claimed that he thought he was going to join Chelsea and team up with then manager Luis Scolari. Nevertheless, the stay did not last long as Robinho featured in just over 40 games for the Citizens.
4) Carlos Tevez
The Argentine along with his fellow compatriot Javier Mascherano were Hammers’ major signing in the summer of ’06. Signing two world-class Argentinians was a signal of intent from the Hammers but the idea ended before it could take some path. Tevez was heavily involved in his what turned out to be solitary season with the Hammers, famously scoring on the final day of the season to prevent relegation. But some ownership issues clouded the transfer and Tevez’s agent ended up buying out his client’s contract. The Argentinian went on to join Manchester United and years later, would acrimoniously sign up with their arch rivals, Manchester City.
3) Owen Hargreaves
Owen Hargreaves’ career was majorly hindered by persistent injury problems. The midfielder, nevertheless, did dawn some of the most famous football shirts, playing for Bayern Munich and Manchester United. At United, he struggled so much that could appear in just 5 games in 3 seasons for the Red Devils. Surprisingly though, when Hargreaves’ contract ended he signed up with Manchester City, much to chagrin of United contingent. He was one of the major signings City made that summer also bringing along the likes of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri to the club.
2) Edgar Davids
One of the most celebrated figures back in his playing days, it was truly remarkable when Edgar Davis was out on the field playing for League 2 side Barnet at the age of 39. To add to it, Edgar was wearing the no 1 shirt, which is generally for the goalkeepers. It keeps getting worse as Edgar was sent off thrice in his first 8 games for the club, whom he had also served as the manager for. Only the sight of Davids playing for Barnet is memorable, what followed was nowhere near.
1) Julian Faubert
Just how did Julian Faubert end up in a Real Madrid jersey remains a mystery. For a teenager, who could not get in the West Ham first team, Faubert did incredibly well to sign up with Real Madrid on a loan deal. Though, Faubert obviously did not make the lemonade when life had handed him the lemons, instead, he literally dozed off in a league game whilst warming the bench. Understandably, his deal was not made permanent and he returned to the club.