Four players that lost their careers by joining Manchester City and became wealthy.
Since their Abu Dhabi ownership in 2008, Manchester City has been able to recruit the biggest talents and brightest prospects to the Etihad, but not all of them have been successful.
Many athletes have found it impossible to resist the allure of Manchester City’s millions throughout the years.
City have been able to recruit the biggest names and brightest potential to the Etihad Stadium since their Abu Dhabi acquisition in 2008, but not all of them have succeeded.
Some newcomers were unable to cope with the added pressure, fame, and income that comes with playing for such a prominent club, and their performances suffered as a result.
We’ve selected six guys, one of whom was a former England international, whose careers were wrecked after signing for City.
Sinclair, a former Chelsea youth player, had resurrected his career by scoring 36 goals in 91 games for Swansea before City approached him in 2012.
For £8 million, the England U21 winger joined Roberto Mancini’s side, although he never managed to hold down a regular starting spot in his first season.
Sinclair spent the next two seasons on loan at West Brom and Aston Villa after failing to score in 15 appearances for City, before signing a permanent deal with the latter in 2016. After a time at Celtic, he now plays for Preston in the Championship.
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After scoring 27 goals in 63 appearances for Fiorentina over the previous two seasons, the Montenegrin international completed a £25 million move to City in 2013.
Jovetic, on the other hand, only made 30 Premier League games and scored eight goals during his two-year stay at the Etihad.
In 2015, he was sold to Inter Milan and has subsequently played for Sevilla, Monaco, and Hertha Berlin.
Bony, like Sinclair, landed a lucrative City deal after impressing at Swansea, where he scored 34 goals in 70 games.
However, after signing a contract with Manchester City in January 2014, he struggled to adapt to Manuel Pellegrini’s style of play, scoring just 10 goals in 46 appearances, and was sent out on loan to Stoke City in 2016.
After returning to Swansea a year later, the Ivory Coast striker has spent time in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
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