Sol Campbell – From Tottenham to Arsenal
As already mentioned, here we come to the most famous case of betrayal in the history of the Premier League. Growing up in the Tottenham Youth League, Sol Campbell was one of the most promising players on the British football scene in the late 1990s and Spurs fans already placed a lot of trust in him. At first, everything seemed to go according to plan with Campbell who, thanks to his excellent performance, helped Tottenham win the 1999 League Cup (one of their last trophies).
All the clues seemed to indicate that Campbell would become a club flag and in fact, when his contract expired in 2001 the Spurs hurried to prepare another one that would make him the highest-paid player in their history. After months of negotiations, however, the Englishman decided to leave the club. Several European clubs showed an interest in him, including Barcelona and AC Milan, but to his general astonishment, Campbell decided to move to Tottenham’s eternal rivals Arsenal. The news caused a stir because just two months earlier the player had declared his hatred for Arsenal and said he would never wear the Gunners’ jersey. This was without a doubt one of the most controversial transfers in football history and since then Tottenham fans have referred to Campbell simply as Judas.