#9. Rivaldo – Bolton Wanderers
Yes, that Rivaldo, and yes, that Bolton Wanderers. At that point the legendary Brazilian player had won the Copa America, the World Cup, the Champions League, and two La Liga titles but was looking for a way out of AC Milan after failing to break into the first team so Big Sam called. The Bolton Wanderers manager had just helped his side secure its place in the Premier League and was looking for a new marquee signing. Jay-Jay Okocha was already at the club but the addition of Rivaldo would undoubtedly go down well with the Bolton fans. The player even flew in for talks but instead elected to sign for Olympiacos where he spent four seasons.