More money, transfer requests and training alone – sulking Ronaldo is in good company
15:22 GMT, 4 September 2012
15:26 GMT, 4 September 2012
Some people will never be pleased and it appears that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of them.
The Real Madrid forward, who forced through an 80m move to the Spanish capital from Manchester United in 2009, has claimed he is sad at the La Liga champions – alerting Chelsea and Manchester City to his future availability.
But as the Portuguese international counts the missing pennies he thinks he deserves, Sportsmail has compiled a list of six sulkers who also spat out their dummies before finally seeing their demands met.
A long servant and a fan favourite, Yorke had become one of the Premier League’s most feared strikers during his nine-year spell at Aston Villa before it all came to an abrupt end in 1998.
Firing in 97 goals in 288 games for the West Midlands club had caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was aiming to strengthen his Manchester United attack after losing the Premier League title the previous season.
Here today gone tomorrow: Dwight Yorke's poor performance in his last Aston Villa game at Everton in 1998 led to his transfer to Manchester United
Villa boss John Gregory categorically ruled out selling the Trinidad and Tobago hitman, but a very sloppy performance against Everton on the first day of the season left him with little choice but to offload his want-away striker in a 12.6m deal.
Gregory later stated that Yorke had handed in a transfer request and on hearing the demand claimed: ‘If I had a gun, I would have shot him.’ The Villa faithful were just as angry with the striker who had helped the club win the League Cup in 1996.
In just over two Premier League seasons at Arsenal between 1997 and 1999, Anelka went from being a promising youngster to one of the deadliest strikers in Europe.
Any hopes of the French striker rewarding the club that gave him his big breakthrough at the top level though were quickly extinguished when Real Madrid came calling.
Happier times: Nicolas Anelka (right) helped Arsenal win the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his first full season
Arsene Wenger signed Anelka as a 17-year-old from Paris St-Germain for just 500,000 and the youngster helped Arsenal win the double in his first full season, picking up the league’s Young Player of the Year award the following year.
But despite seemingly having a bright future in north London, Anelka felt he deserved a better salary and by the time Madrid stumped up 23m to sign him, Gunners fans, fed up of his poor attitude and lack of commitment, had already dubbed him ‘Le Sulk’ – a nickname that stuck like velcro.
Another star given his big breakthrough by Arsenal, but despite Cole giving five years more service to the Gunners than Anelka – his summer departure to Chelsea in 2006 left arguably a more sour taste in the fans’ mouths than the Frenchman’s.
Fuming at an extended contract offer of ‘only’ 55,000-a-week, the left-back quickly became disillusioned with the club.
Just one year after being caught discussing a move to Chelsea with their manager Jose Mourinho, he finally sealed a move to Stamford Bridge for 5m with William Gallas going the other direction to the Emirates Stadium.
Welcome back: Ashley Cole reacts after being tackled by former Arsenal team mate Cesc Fabregas
Mock up: Arsenal fans printed fake bank notes with Cole's face on
Arsenal fans, keen on handing out nicknames, dubbed him ‘Cashley’ and greeted his first return to the club with banknotes that had his face replacing the Queen’s.
Arguably one of Tottenham’s greatest signings in the Premier League era after joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006, but even after just one year the cracks were starting to appear in the relationship between the Bulgarian and the north London side.
In a Premier League match at Newcastle in October 2007, the striker, already in poor form, ignored calls from manager Martin Jol to warm up in the 3-1 defeat which culminated with the Dutch boss being sacked three days after.
Berbat-off: Dimitar Berbatov (left) started on the bench for Spurs' opening day Premier League defeat at Middlesbrough in 2008
Berbatov picked up his form after the arrival of Juande Ramos, but was soon causing unrest just under a year later when Manchester United reignited an earlier interest in signing him.
The Bulgarian’s disruption was enough to see him completely dropped from the Spurs squads to face Sunderland and Chelsea, before sealing a last hour switch on transfer deadline day to United for 30.75m.
The stats suggest that Adebayor gave just over three years of decent service to Arsenal after racking up 62 goals in 142 appearances for the Gunners.
Fans of the club will tell you otherwise. Following a 2007/08 season where the striker scored 30 goals, the Togo international caught the attention of Barcelona and AC Milan and was linked with a 30m move away from the Emirates.
Controversial: Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates in front of Arsenal fans after scoring against the north London side playing for Manchester City
A transfer failed to materialise, but the following campaign he scored just over half the amount of goals as supporters registered their disapproval at the striker’s apparent lack of effort over the campaign.
It didn’t dent his value to much though as a 25m move to Manchester City followed in 2009. He soon showed Arsenal supporters his feelings on the matter when he faced his former side. Adeabyor ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate scoring a goal in front of them just weeks after leaving north London.
A fine example of how a perfect combination can quickly sour. After joining from Atletico Madrid in 2007 for 26.5m, Torres was unstoppable in his first couple of seasons playing for a Liverpool side strongly contending the Premier League title and the Champions League.
But once the Reds crashed out of Europe’s premier competition and the domestic top four in 2009, the Spaniard’s form soon suffered the same fate.
Bad start: Torres's Chelsea debut came against Liverpool in a 1-0 defeat
By the time January 2011 came around, Liverpool had slumped to mid-table and Torres was training on his own – with manager Kenny Dalglish desperate to remove any negativity in the Liverpool dressing room.
Chelsea thrashed out a 50m deal on transfer deadline day to sign the unhappy striker, who soon had a smile back on his face once pictured with a Blues shirt…this was before he found the net just once in his next 23 games.