Brazilian midfielder Coutinho was Liverpool’s star player in 2017/18. However, he discovered that Barcelona wanted to sign him and this changed everything. He forced his exit by feigning an injury but infuriated bitter fans in the process. Liverpool fans adored him before this but he let them down with his antics. As a result, many of them felt like he was a mercenary who had let down the club.
Ironically, Liverpool used the massive $160 million transfer fee they received to fund their new squad. Then, they won the Champions League and the Premier League in back-to-back years. Meanwhile, Coutinho also won significant silverware but never managed to make his presence felt for Barcelona. They shipped him out on loan to Bayern Munich where he struggled before returning to Camp Nou.
Harden makes this list for a second time after his acrimonious departure from Houston. The former Rockets superstar was synonymous with the franchise but it all ended in tears. He was the team’s most important player and their biggest star, but that didn’t matter to him. His feud with the franchise became bitter and public, but he didn’t receive much fan sympathy.
Harden pushed for a trade but it took longer than he expected. Finally, they traded him to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a four-team deal. A nine-time All-Star and a former NBA MVP, Harden is one of the most consistent athletes in the league. Furthermore, he scored a triple-double in his debut game for the Nets, so at least he has their support. But he’s not popular in Houston and probably won’t be.
A Green Bay Packers stalwart, it’s impossible to envisage Rodgers playing for another franchise. However, the legendary quarterback arguably underachieved in Wisconsin. The fact that he only won a single Super Bowl with Green Bay is a bitter reality for the former MVP. As a nine-time Pro Bowler, Rodgers is one of the most recognizable and respected players in the NFL.
However, in 2021, he rocked the league when he demanded a trade. This came during the NFL Draft and was one of the most notorious moments of the weekend. The Denver Broncos immediately sat up and took notice while Green Bay desperately scrambled to appease their superstar. It was and is a messy situation for the franchise and a demonstration of player power from Rodgers.