The Premier League is known as one of the best competitions in the world. It is not surprising that this competition is often the goal of many players from all over the world.
So far there are a lot of great players playing there. Not even a few of them have found success in the Premier League.
After conquering the Premier League, players are sometimes tempted to look for new challenges elsewhere. They also eventually left the Premier League and played in another league.
However, leaving the Premier League could be the wrong decision for some players. The reason is, they are not able to show their best performance after a career outside England.
Here are five famous players who failed to shine after leaving the Premier League.
Aleksandr Hleb was one of Arsene Wenger’s mainstay players during his time at Arsenal. His slick performance made this Belarusian midfielder brought to Barcelona in the summer of 2008.
However, Hleb was unable to compete with Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta after coming to Camp Nou. As a result, Hleb spent more time sitting on the bench.
During four seasons defending Barcelona, Hleb only made 36 appearances with a collection of three assists. In the summer of 2012, Hleb was released for free to KS Samara.
Jonathan Woodgate made 244 appearances in his career in the Premier League. The defender has played for a number of clubs such as Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Stoke City.
At some point in his career, Woodgate decided to leave the Premier League. He joined Real Madrid from Newcastle for a transfer fee of 18 million euros in August 2004.
However, his transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu turned out to be a big disaster. Woodgate suffered many injuries while defending Los Blancos. After two disappointing seasons in Spain, Woodgate was released to Middlesbrough.
Michael Owen showed a very impressive performance in the Premier League with Liverpool. The English striker then won the Ballon d’Or award in 2001.
Because attracted by his appearance, Real Madrid then brought Owen to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2004. Unfortunately, Owen’s gait in Spain ended in failure.
Owen is often on the bench and can only bag 16 goals and four assists in 46 games. He eventually returned to the Premier League by joining Newcastle United in the summer of 2005.
Philippe Coutinho was a key Liverpool player between 2013 and 2018. He scored 41 goals and provided 37 assists in 152 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
Coutinho finally left the Premier League for a move to Barcelona in January 2018. He became the most expensive player in the history of the Blaugrana after being redeemed for a fee of 135 million euros.
However, Coutinho’s move to Camp Nou did not live up to expectations. The Brazilian player has so far not shown his best performance and is often plagued by injuries while defending the Blaugrana.
Eden Hazard achieved great success while playing for Chelsea. The 30-year-old won many titles including two Premier League titles and two Europa League trophies.
After that, Hazard decided to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2019. Unmitigated, Los Blancos redeemed Hazard for a fee that reached 115 million euros.
However, Hazard never showed his best game at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Belgian winger spends most of his time in the treatment room due to a series of injuries.