You already know all about famous footballers that made a costly transfer during transfer window to one of the leading European club, but there are also some unbelivable transfers of players that made their dream come true from actually nothing at all…
Sometimes football transfers seem illogical; especially when transfer window “servers” with unexpected or even unbelivable transfer: when a car mechanic signs with Champions League team or when a player who grew up in a shelter signs with Manchester United!
Here are five examples of probably the most incredible, surprising, unexpected and illogical transfers in the world football.
1) Ali Dia – Probably the worst Premiership player ever
Ali Dia (pictured abowe) from Senegal struggled to make a living in the lower reaches of French football and actually managed to sign semi-pro contract with English lower league club Blyth Spartans (currently competing in the 7th league). But Dia wasn’t satisfied, so in 1996 he famously convinced manager of Premier League club Southampton, Graeme Souness, that he was the cousin of famous George Weah. That even led him to sign a one-month contract with Southampton just days later. He actually played one match against Leeds before being released for awful performance 14 days after signing the contract.
2) Bebé – From shelter to Manchester United
Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, widely known as Bebé, was abandoned by his parents and grew up in a homeless shelter. He was playing football as an amateur in Portuguese club Loures before he joined top division Estrela. After one season he signed for Vitória de Guimarães and went to play for Man Utd for a fee of almost €9 million. That wasn’t the only surprise; Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he had never seen Bebé play. Soon enough he was loaned to Beşiktaş and ended back in Portuguese clubs.
3) Luther Blissett – AC Milan confused him with John Barnes
Jamaican born Luther Blissett played as a striker, and is best known for his time at Watford, whom he helped win promotion from the Fourth Division to the First Division – the highest tier in English football until the creation of the Premier League in 1992. Blissett and his team mates made the headlines in the 1982–83 season as they surprised many by proving successful in the First Division as well. Watford finished second to Liverpool and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Blissett was the division’s top goal scorer that season with 27 goals. He subsequently moved to A.C. Milan for £1 million in June 1983, but he was not as successful as he had been in England, scoring only five goals. It has since been rumoured that A.C. Milan confused him with his Watford teammate John Barnes. Blissett was later sold back to Watford.
4) Dado Pršo – A car mechanic scored 4 Champions league goals
Dado Pršo was playing for Croatian 1st division team NK Pazinka and after only one season moved to France where he played for lower leagues amateur clubs like FC Rouen and Stade Raphaëlois, where he had to work as a car mechanic for a living. AS Monaco manager Jean Tigana noticed Pršo and bought the striker. He helped AS Monaco win the national championship and helped them to the UEFA Champions League final in 2004. He is perhaps best remembered for his four-goal performance in the 8-3 win over Deportivo La Coruña. He equalled the competition record as the competition’s top scorer in a single match.
5) Nazmi Faiz – YouTube video was enough to sign a pro contract
Muhamad Nazmi Faiz Bin Mansor – obviously footballer needs to have a long name to succeed in Portugal and become a hero from a zero. Nazmi Faiz was a hero for many Malaysians, as he became the first Malaysian footballer that got transferred to a European club (Portuguese first division squad Beira Mar). How did he do it? The scouts saw a video of his amazing goal against Bahrain for his national team that became viral on YouTube. In the end he didn’t play an official match for Beira Mar A team and returned to Malaysian league.