Nigel de Jong became the latest big European footballer to make the move Stateside in February after agreeing a deal with LA Galaxy. While not in the same league as either David Beckham or Steven Gerrard, fans were still excited to see the former AC Milan midfielder join their ranks.
Six months later and they are equally glad to see him walking out of the door, if not more so. The Dutchman agreed to terminate his contract and joined his compatriot Wesley Snjeider at Turkish outfit Galatasaray on a free transfer.
During his short spell in Los Angeles, De Jong managed to make quite the impression, or should we say impressions? That's because he left quite a few of them on the shins of opposing players, some of whom are still feeling the effects of his outrageous tackling style.
In 18 games he received three yellow cards, one red card and was also handed a retrospective three-game ban after one particularly bad challenge. Quite impressive even for a man of De Jong's ability. This is, of course, the same guy who famously high-kicked Xabi Alonso in a World Cup final.
And it seems even the official MLS Twitter account is happy to see the back of him. They released a video in tribute to the 31-year-old but it is probably not the kind of tribute he was expecting, but more of a roasting.
They compiled footage of his very worst tackles in an LA Galaxy shirt and highlighted his unimpressive statistics. The video also includes the words: "This is a great move for LA Galaxy", referring to their decision to terminate his deal.
Remember, this is the Major League Soccer's official account, not some Internet troll with too much time on his hands. Take a look at the baffling video below:
The worst tackle
In just his fifth start for the side, Portland’s tricky midfielder Darlington Nagbe flicked the ball past a lunging De Jong but quickly found his ankle trapped underneath his studs.
Nagbe left the field of play in a wheelchair but De Jong received just a yellow card but, as previously mentioned, was handed a three-game ban.
Stuart Holden, previously a victim of a De Jong in 2010, said at the time: "I’m sitting here and now I’m seeing this challenge first hand on Darlington Nagbe, and it makes me feel sick. Because I know what Darlington Nagbe is going through.
"And De Jong did go over and apologize, but there is absolutely no excuse for that type of challenge. We don’t need it in the game. It’s horrific. It’s horrible."
Well, that's De Jong for you. Let this be a warning to all players in the Turkish Super Lig. He's coming for you.
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