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30 Sports Superstars Who Were Impossible To Replace

Darren - August 20, 2021
Sports

30 Sports Superstars Who Were Impossible To Replace

Darren - August 20, 2021
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3. Lionel Messi

It’s impossible to replace the greatest soccer player on the planet. After Messi left Barcelona in 2021, the club found itself facing this eventuality. The Argentine superstar was a six-time World Player of the Year and won four Champion’s League titles with the club. However, they finally parted ways after the club fell into financial turmoil.

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Barcelona was unable to register all of its players because they couldn’t meet the Spanish League’s spending regulations. This left them facing the inevitability of losing a star. Then, Paris Saint-Germain offered to take him to France and they reluctantly allowed him to leave. It was a shame because he spent his entire career at the Nou Camp up to that point.

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2. Tom Brady

After 20 seasons, Brady finally departed Foxborough in 2020. The legendary quarterback joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but left a gaping hole in the Pats’ offense. Bill Belichick decided to bring in Cam Newton as a short-term fix. However, the former NFL MVP had a mixed season and the Patriots missed the playoffs.

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Meanwhile, Brady won an unprecedented seventh Super Bowl with Tampa. Incredibly, they also became the first franchise to win the coveted prize in their own stadium. New England found it impossible to play the same way without their icon. They drafted Mac Jones at the end of the season but he’s not Brady.

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1. Michael Jordan

Jordan was the face of the Chicago Bulls for a decade. It’s no accident that they fell apart after he left for Washington. The legendary NBA icon won six championships during his time in the Windy City. He had an amazing career and changed what it means to be a sports superstar. But when he left, the Bulls went into a severe decline.

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They were never going to replace Jordan because he was a generational talent. However, their front office mismanaged the franchise for almost two decades. The team became a ghost of itself and never looked like a contender. They could have prepared for life without Jordan and Scottie Pippen but they didn’t plan for the future.

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