Top Five: Biggest traitors in football - featuring Celtic and Rangers man

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Leeds, Manchester United, Arsenal, Celtic, Rangers, Tottenham and West Ham men all feature.

Today is Robin van Persie’s birthday, as the Premier League legend turns 32.

One of the true greats of English top division, he will not be remembered fondly by one set of fans though, as his move from Arsenal to Manchester United brought him a Premier League trophy.

Arguably the most prolific striker in world football when he moved to Old Trafford, he left the Gunners to win silverware, and was promptly rewarded with a league medal.

He has now left United, to move to Turkey, but will always be remembered for his role in Alex Ferguson’s last trophy with the Red Devils.

To celebrate his birthday, we take a look at five of the biggest traitors in football history.

Ashley Cole

The dreaded move from Arsenal to Chelsea. He was already one of the best left-backs in the world when he left the Gunners, before establishing that role during his time with the Blues. Multiple honours are to his name, and he is the record FA Cup Winner.

Sol Campbell

Worse than Arsenal to Chelsea was Tottenham to the Gunners. Sol Campbell is now hated in one half of North London, and adored in the other, for helping Arsenal become the only team since 1889 to complete an English league season undefeated.

Mo Johnston

The worse switch in all football, even if it was separated by a spell abroad. Johnston played for Celtic and declared his love for them, before moving to Nantes in France. He then went to Rangers, and became a good goalscorer for them, and the first openly catholic player to turn out for the Gers.

Harry Redknapp

He moved from Portsmouth to Southampton, which is bad enough. But then went back to Fratton Park after relegating the Saints. Then spent a spell with Tottenham despite his playing and management links with West Ham. Riled a few fans in his time, has ‘Arry.

Alan Smith

A hero at Leeds United as a local boy done good, he spoke about his desire to never play to Manchester United. However, Leeds were relegated from the top flight in 2004, and the midfielder promptly moved to Old Trafford. So much for sticking to your promises.

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