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Top 10 craziest English transfers that almost happened

Top 10 craziest English transfers that almost happened
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10. Rivaldo to Bolton Wanderers

24 Oct 2000: Rivaldo of Barcelona. (Credit: Clive Mason /Allsport)

Rivaldo made his name during a stellar spell at Barcelona through some sensational set-pieces and overhead kicks.

The Brazilian was a huge hit at Camp Nou and won the Ballon d’Or in 1999 through his impressive performances. He seemed untouchable and destined for even more greatness back then.

After helping Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, however, Rivaldo’s career suffered a drastic decline.

New Blaugrana boss Louis van Gaal sent him packing off to AC Milan. However, he didn’t fare well in Italy and left in 2004.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce then attempted to sign the unhappy star to lead the club’s charge into Europe. And believe it or not, Rivaldo was keen.

“I want the challenge of trying to get Bolton into Europe for the first time in their history. It is an exciting time,” he said at the time.

But Bolton eventually pulled out with Rivaldo joining Greek giants Olympiakos instead.