Dead end stars

Several prominent players are free and either did not sign or failed to find a new assignment after rescinating months ago. Nasri, Pato, Diego Costa ...


The winter market train has passed and not all players have got a ticket to continue in professional football. Injuries, personal reasons or contract terminations that have not been able to be linked with another commitment in any other part of the world.

Several prominent players will spend Mondays in the sun, at least, until summer. Once stars and now unemployed after ending their old clubs and not finding a new destination.

A busy January

The list of players who have terminated or ended their contracts this January leaves several more than notable names in a brief hiatus in their careers.

The most prominent case is that of Diego Costa. The former Atlético de Madrid resigned with the rojiblancos for "personal reasons" and left for Brazil, waiting to find a new club. Arsenal, Olympique de Marseille, Wolverhampton, Trabzonspor and even Micah Richards assuring that he could help City. He stayed on parole, but never happened. It will be one of the 'bargains', if it returns to a good level, in the next summer market.

Along with Costa, two former LaLiga players saw the MLS finish like Pablo Piatti and one of the great diamonds of Spanish football, Bojan, who played for Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact.

Another less pleasant memory for the Spanish fan was also out of the squad in winter. He is none other than Graziano Pellé, the author of the 0-2 that left the Spanish team out of the Euro 2016 in the tie against Italy. The forward was a member of Chinese Luneng until January 1, when he was left without a club to open the year.

Also on this list are Alex Teixeira, former Shakthar star who went to Chinese football for 50 million, Ramires, former Chelsea who resigned with Palmeiras, Keisuke Honda, who closed his Brazilian adventure in Botafogo, Skrtel, former Liverpool who An injury to Achilles brings him closer to retirement or Elías, former Atlético de Madrid signing.

Those who are still searching

The aforementioned have just reached this situation but for some the thing is getting a bit longer as are the cases, among many others, of Enzo Zidane, Jonathan Soriano, Alexandre Pato, Jefferson Farfán or Samir Nasri.

The latter is perhaps the greatest talent and worst character that prevented him from becoming the young star who dazzled the world with his remarkable technique from Olympique de Marseille. In June there was talk of a last big contract in Dubai but, since he left Anderlecht in July, he has not found a destination.

Another great talent like Pato had his injuries cut and at 31 years old he is without destiny for the first time. Also Soriano, Espanyol youth squad, who was always a guaranteed scorer being the top scorer in Segunda (32 goals with Barça B), three times in the Austrian Bundesliga (31 goals in 13/14, as many in 14/15 and 21 in 15/16) and on one occasion in the Europa League, when he scored 11 goals in the 2014 edition.

Proven players who are still looking for equipment and who, except for surprise, will have to wait until summer to reach a new destination.

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