Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcos Alonso
Former Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso described training with Ronaldo as a “dream” as he reflected on the short time he spent with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at Real Madrid as a youngster.
Alonso made just one appearance for Los Blancos before departing for Bolton in 2010, but did share the pitch with the Portuguese star at a time when he was on top of the world, shortly after moving to Spain.
Frank Lampard and Jan Molby
Only five players in Premier League history have scored more goals than Frank Lampard, but before his Chelsea career got off the ground he was sent on loan to Swansea in 1995 from West Ham.
During that season Lampard played nine times before his talent was spotted and he was quickly recalled by the Hammers. He got to play with club legends such as Roger Freestone and Colin Pascoe, while former Liverpool striker Jan Molby also joined in the same summer before the Welsh side were relegated at the end of the season.
Kyle Lafferty and Paulo Dybala
Kyle Lafferty currently pays for Johnstone Burgh in the lower Scottish leagues, but used to be able to boast about outscoring his team-mate Paulo Dybala at Palermo. Dybala now stars for Jose Mourinho’s Roma after joining them from Juventus and is a World Cup winner, but spent a season with the Northern Ireland forward during his year in Italy.
And it was Lafferty that topped their goals tally, beating Dybala by 12 to five before tipping the youngster for a bright future. “It was great to play alongside Paulo for Palermo,” Lafferty said. “His talent was clear and he was a good lad off the pitch as well.
“He is not the biggest player but he is strong and can hold the ball well and cause lots of danger. He’s never afraid to try things. I have never seen a player try to nutmeg opposition players so much in my life. The ability that he has is incredible. He left Palermo to go to Juventus and hasn’t looked back.”