Players that couldn’t stop switching clubs as Kazim-Richards joins his 18th side

You always hear about the one club legends that refuse to leave their boyhood side, with Mark Noble, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher all becoming legends in their own right.

However, it's very rare in the modern day, with loyalty quickly fading from the beautiful game. It's always been typical, and in many ways, accepted for players to move clubs a few times, especially if they're either making a step up or in some cases, are no longer wanted.

Some players really take this to the extreme though, and Colin Kazim-Richards has just joined his 18th professional side as he has left League One's Derby County for Turkish side Karagümrük. Kazim-Richards is part of an elite list of stars that couldn't settle at one club for too long over the course of their career, and here Daily Star Sport bring you seven other players that constantly moved around.

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Peter Crouch

It's not always easy to be adored by all sets of fans when switching clubs, but Peter Crouch is a rare exception as he continues to be a popular figure after retiring from the game. The iconic creator of the 'robot celebration' played for 11 professional clubs, although he moved 13 times in his career as he played for Portsmouth and Tottenham twice.

Crouch started his career at Tottenham, but even in his youthful days he was used to packing his bags. Crouch was in the academy at Brentford and QPR before moving on to Tottenham, and that trend continued.

Crouch is best known for his spells at Liverpool, Southampton and Stoke City, and it was with the Potters he finally decided to settle down for a while. Crouch spent eight years at Stoke before ending his career at Burnley.

Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka was one of the brightest talents to emerge from France just as a certain Thierry Henry began to break through, but his constant movement ended up hindering his progression. Anelka turned heads at the PSG academy, and after featuring loosely in the first team he was signed by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

This was the first of many moves, as Anelka had transferred five times by the time he turned 23, and he racked up 12 different clubs over the course of his career. Real Madrid, PSG, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester City all signed Anelka at one point during his career, as the Frenchman boasts quite the portfolio.

Anelka managed to win two Premier League titles and the Champions League over the course of his career, and even won the golden boot while at Chelsea. Anelka ended his career at Mumbai FC, and has since tried his hand at being a player-manager and a sporting director.

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy was once described as one of the most underrated players ever by former team-mate Jamie Carragher, but his antics away from the field may have led to him being transferred multiple times. Bellamy played for nine clubs in total, but moved 11 times as he re-joined Liverpool and Cardiff towards the end of his career.

The Welshman started his career at Norwich City and later went on to star for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers before Liverpool first came in for him. A spell at West Ham then followed after an infamous 'golfing' bust-up with John Arne-Riise, before he found his feet at Man City.

After returning to Liverpool for another season four years down the line, Bellamy ended his career at Cardiff to cap off an exhilarating career. Bellamy didn't manage more than four years at any given club, and has since helped Vincent Kompany manage Anderlecht in Belgium.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole may be best known for his heroics at Manchester United, but some Red Devils fans may forget that he started his career out at Arsenal, and then moved to rivals City later on. Cole played for a total of 12 professional sides, but made 14 moves as he re-joined the likes of Fulham and Bristol City.

Despite being born in Nottingham, Cole came through the Arsenal academy before really establishing himself a few years later at Bristol City and Newcastle United. Sir Alex Ferguson was desperate to sign Alan Shearer to lead the line during the mid-nineties, but settled for Cole instead after it emerged that Newcastle was always going to be the destination for the Premier League's record scorer.

Cole later played for City before his career started to dry up, but similarly to Shearer he ended his career at the club closest to home. Cole played ten league games for Nottingham Forest before calling time on his playing days.

John Burridge

It's unlikely that any player will ever come close to breaking the record that John Burridge set while transferring clubs. The goalkeeper managed to represent a total of 29 different clubs, and even played for as many as 18 in the English first division.

Burridge made 768 league appearances over the course of his career, but it was towards the end that his moves intensified. Between 1993-1997 he moved a total of 21 times, not making a single appearance for 13 of the teams he signed for.

Burridge is still involved in the game even now at the age of 70, as he is a goalkeeping consultant at Kerala Blasters in India. Burridge is also in the Blackpool hall of fame, despite only spending four years at the club.


Rivaldo is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, and perhaps his achievements are even more impressive as he played for 15 different clubs. The Brazilian played for four different sides in his homeland before moving to Europe, where he got his first break with Deportivo La Coruna.

He then moved to Barcelona and became a club legend, before moving to AC Milan for a single season. Rivaldo then went back to Brazil before doing a mini tour of Greece, and his transfer history even saw him end up in Uzbekistan as one point.

A move from Uzbekistan was quickly followed by a trip to Angola, before ending his career back in Brazil. Rivaldo won the Ballon d'Or during his incredible career, and also scooped up a World Cup.

Robbie Keane

Irish legend Robbie Keane may be best known for his time at Tottenham Hotspur, but the striker represented a total of 11 clubs, with the end of his career taking him to India. The Irishman started his career at Wolves before moving to Coventry City, and was then offered a bizarre move to Inter Milan.

His spell in Italy was unsuccessful, and moves to Leeds and Tottenham followed, where he really became a cult hero. Liverpool then signed Keane for £20m before selling him back to Tottenham the following season, although it wasn't the same for the Irishman at White Hart Lane.

Keane became an iconic figure at LA Galaxy later in his career, scoring an incredible 83 league goals in 125 MLS games to fire them to title success three times. The Irishman then hung up his boots in Kolkata, scoring six goals over in India.


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