Fifteen famous footballers you forgot ever played in the Premier League like Chelsea flop Pato and Roberto Mancini

MOST football fans can reel of a stream of Premier League superstars who have graced these shores since the league’s inception in 1992. Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and Paul Scholes are some of the Prem’s most legendary icons but what about the famous faces you forgot played in England? Here SunSport looks at […] ...

MOST football fans can reel of a stream of Premier League superstars who have graced these shores since the league’s inception in 1992.

Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and Paul Scholes are some of the Prem’s most legendary icons but what about the famous faces you forgot played in England?

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Alexandre Pato is one of plenty of famous faces you may have forgotten played in the Premier League[/caption]

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini also had a brief spell at Leicester[/caption]

Here SunSport looks at 15 stars who had brief or uneventful spells in England’s top flight.


The ‘Beast’, 40, was a Brazilian striking sensation who came through the ranks at Sao Paulo before earning a move to Sevilla in 2005.

Real Madrid snapped him up just a year later but he was off to Arsenal on loan just 12 months after that.

He managed just three goals and three assists in 24 Prem appearances for the Gunners but was more successful in the League Cup.

The No 9 scored six in three games – including four goals in a famous 6-3 win against Liverpool at Anfield.

He returned to the Bernabeu after a season where he stayed for another year before moving to Roma.

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Julio Baptista promised big things early in his career but failed to live up to the hype at Arsenal[/caption]



The Barcelona legend, 34, came through the ranks at Barca’s famous La Masia academy before being snapped up by Man Utd in 2004 for £4.75million.

Centre-back Pique made three Prem appearances in 05-06 and managed nine in 07-08 after a loan spell at Real Zaragoza.

But Barca swooped to bring him back to Catalonia in summer 2008 and he has now made 582 appearances for the Nou Camp giants – scoring 52 goals in that time.

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Barcelona legend Gerard Pique made 23 appearances for Man Utd during the two years he spent on their books[/caption]


The German centre-back, 33, lasted just a year at Man City before going on to become one of Bayern’s greatest ever defenders.

He played 24 times for the Cityzens during the 10-11 season – including 16 times in the Prem – after signing from Hamburg.

German giants Bayern snapped him up for £12m at the end of the season.

World Cup winner Boateng went on to play 363 games for the Bavarians and won nine Bundesligas, two Champions Leagues and five German Cups.

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Former Germany and Bayern star Jerome Boateng spent a solitary season at Man City in 2010-11[/caption]


The Brazilian right-back is most well known for scoring the wining goal for Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal.

He won LaLiga twice in his three seasons at the Nou Camp and is most commonly remembered for bombing up and down the right-flank for the Catalans.

But he actually spent the same amount of seasons at Stamford Bridge after his time in Spain.

Belletti played 94 times for the Blues and won the Premier League and two FA Cups between 2007-10.

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Juliano Belletti was a success at Chelsea after his time at Barcelona[/caption]


Spanish legend Hierro won LaLiga five times and bagged three Champions League winner’s medals.

That was in 14 years with Real Madrid before he bizarrely decided to end his career at Bolton Wanderers under Sam Allardyce.

He played 29 times during the 04-05 campaign before calling it a day at the end of that season.

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Decorated defender Fernando Hierro spent the last year of his playing career at Bolton[/caption]


Most well-known for his managerial prowess these days, Mancini was actually a superb player in his day.

The 57-year-old former forward spent 15 years at Sampdoria before three at Lazio.

He then made a switch to Leicester under Peter Taylor in 2001.

But he played just five games and retired from playing a month after arriving.

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Roberto Mancini played five times for Leicester in 2001[/caption]


Holland, Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona goal machine Kluivert was a surprise free transfer arrival at Newcastle in summer 2004.

He won LaLiga with Barca and the 94-95 Champions League with Ajax.

But his spell at St James’ was not so fruitful with zero trophies and 13 goals in 37 games. He left for Valencia after a season.

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Dutch former striker Patrick Kluivert rocked up at the Magpies in 2004[/caption]


Who’d have thought this baby-faced Italian would go on to receive one of the most famous headbutts of all time from Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final.

He spent a solitary season at Everton in 98-99 before going home and taking Italian football by storm.

He won five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Inter Milan as well as the World Cup with Italy.

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Most famous for being headbutted by Zinedine Zidane, Marco Materazzi spent one season at Goodison Park as a baby-faced youngster in the late 90s[/caption]


Brazilian Pato had a fearsome reputation after six superb seasons at AC Milan between 2007 and 2013.

He scored 63 goals in 150 matches and won Serie A once.

But his form dipped and he returned home to Brazil in January 2013.

Bizarrely he was back in Europe three years later on loan at Stamford Bridge.

But he played just twice for the Blues before heading back to Corinthians at the end of the 12-13 season.

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Alexandre Pato’s Chelsea move was bizarre and a waste of everyone’s time[/caption]


Having won the Ballon d’Or in 1995, the Liberian icon was supreme in Europe during spells with AC Milan, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

But as his career was on the wane he was a shock arrival at Stamford Bridge on loan in 2000.

He scored against bitter rivals Spurs on his debut and played 14 more times for the West Londoners before an even briefer spell at Man City.

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Who knew 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George Weah played for Chelsea AND Man City[/caption]


France’s World Cup winning player and manager was not in the Prem for long.

His one season spell at Chelsea saw him play 47 times as the Blues won the 2000 FA Cup.

He left at the end of the season and signed for Valencia.


The France manager repped Chelsea’s famous Autoglass kit in 1999-2000 as they won the FA Cup[/caption]


The 1998 World Cup winner bid farewell to Inter Milan in 2001 and rocked up at Old Trafford.

He played 75 times for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the end and even bagged a 2001-02 Premier League winner’s medal.

The French centre-back retired at the end of the following season.

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World Cup winner Laurent Blanc was a successful but often forgotten part of Man Utd’s title-winning team in 01-02[/caption]


Prem fans were full of excitement when the Brazilian full-back arrived at the Etihad in the 2012-13 season.

But he played just 13 times.

He’d already won four Serie A titles and the Champions League with Inter but was unable to bring that winning feeling to the Prem.

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Maicon’s 2012 arrival at Man City was met with excitement when it was announced but he failed to hit previous heady heights[/caption]


The Spanish icon, 45, was a hit with Real Madrid and Valencia.

He also scored 27 goals in 47 games for Spain but his numbers weren’t quite as good during his year-long spell with the Reds in the 05-06 season.

He scored 12 in 61 matches before returning to Valencia.

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Fernando Morientes enjoyed more success in Spain than he did with Liverpool[/caption]

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The Portuguese journeyman has a CV with some huge names on it.

Winger Quaresma has played for Barcelona, Inter, Sporting Lisbon and Porto.

But of the nine clubs he’s played for in his career, Chelsea were the only one for who he failed to score.

He played five games for the Blues between February and June 2009.

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Ricardo Quaresma was one of several rogue players to play in the Premier League[/caption]


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