The path to footballing stardom is never a straightforward one. The notion of the one-club man appears to be disappearing, with the likes of Thomas Müller at Bayern Munich, Francesco Totti at Roma and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United becoming a dying breed.
Players now move regularly from club to club to make their fortune, and often the route taken gets forgotten when they reach their destination. bundesliga.com has therefore researched the paths of 11 players whose former stations may come as a surprise to some…
Ron-Robert Zieler(now atVfB Stuttgart/formerly of Manchester United)
Often the forgotten man of Germany’s 2014 FIFA World Cup win as back-up to Manuel Neuer, it is just as easy to forget that Zieler was once on the books at Manchester United in England. Joining the English Premier League club as a 16-year-old, he spent two seasons with the first team but failed to make a senior appearance for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team with Edwin van der Sar the undisputed No.1 in goal. His situation was not helped by a broken arm suffered during a mid-air collision for the reserves after returning from a loan spell at Northampton Town.