Growing up, I supported Liverpool from the age of 5 years old. I came to support Barcelona when I was slightly older (the local South African cable only got a license for La Liga a little later). I laugh with these teams and cry with these teams. When Michael Owen transferred to Real Madrid, I wasn’t happy to say the least. Years later when he announced his signing for our bitter rivals Manchester United I was utterly disgusted (read my article: Michael Owen: a Fallen Idol). When Fernando Torres transferred to Chelsea, I had similar feelings. I know this is silly, players move from club to club, but as a fan you come to expect from the players the same sort of loyalty you show to your club. After all, you stick with your club no matter what, why shouldn’t the they? (And they’re getting paid handsomely too!) I guess in this game, money does talk. But still, there is a certain amount of decorum you expect especially when the said footballer has been groomed and “raised” by your club.
Cesc Fabregas during his time with Arsenal