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30 Sports Stars Who Demanded To Be Traded

Darren - December 14, 2020
Sports

30 Sports Stars Who Demanded To Be Traded

Darren - December 14, 2020
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2. Neymar

Brazilian superstar Neymar is one of the most marketable athletes on the planet but still shocked the world in 2017. After starring for Barcelona where the club saw him as Lionel Messi’s heir apparent, he demanded a transfer to Paris Saint-German. Neymar saw the value in leaving Messi’s shadow behind and becoming the main man in one of the richest teams in the world. Then, PSG bought him for a world-record $263 million transfer fee.

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However, it’s been a mixed situation for Neymar in Paris. This is because PSG are like a shark in a tank of goldfish. He will never win the B’Allon d’Or in Ligue 1 because the overall quality isn’t high enough. Also, PSG struggles to beat the best teams in European competitions. Indeed, Neymar even demanded a return to Barcelona, but the club couldn’t afford to take him back.

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1. James Harden

Harden is the Houston Rockets’ biggest star by far. The franchise built their team around him and even changed the style of play based on his attributes. He’s demanded a trade to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2020 offseason, sending the basketball world into shock. Harden claimed that he wanted to leave because of the culture at the franchise, comparing them to the toxicity of the New York Knicks.

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Meanwhile, Harden refused to attend Houston’s practice sessions and instead worked out at the University of Houston. He also went to various parties without adhering to NBA health regulations. This was one of the biggest examples of an athlete pushing player power in the modern era. Harden wants to play for a contender before the end of his career, a damning statement to the Rockets’ front office.

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