Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest ever signing at Manchester United is a hotly debated topic. Some would say Cristiano Ronaldo, others would nominate Wayne Rooney and some suggest Peter Schmeichel.
One player that certainly can’t lay a claim to that title though is Eric Djemba-Djemba.
Furthermore, the Cameroonian’s tumultuous post-United career has reached its biggest low yet. It seems unfathomable that he once shared a pitch with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
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When Ferguson signed Djemba-Djemba in the summer of 2003, there were few fans who weren’t either outraged or downright confused.
The 35-year-old endured a nightmarish two-year spell with the Red Devils. In failing spectacularly to replace Roy Keane and scoring just once, chants that he was so good they named him twice soon turned to sarcasm.
Nevertheless, he attempted to resurrect his Premier League career with a spell at Aston Villa before eventually dropping down to Burnley.
After that, Djemba-Djemba went where Djemba-Djemba wanted. The Cameroonian embarked on spells in Qatar, Denmark, Israel, Serbia, Scotland, India and Indonesia in a chaotic nine years.
You’d be easily mistaken for thinking he was using his career in football to embark on a world tour.
However, while many would consider the Indonesian Super League quite the drop from Old Trafford, Djemba-Djemba has fallen even further down the footballing ladder.
According to Camfoot, the 35-year-old has agreed a deal with a Swiss fifth division side. FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues to be exact.
In addition, the club is rather excited about their new signing. Speaking to Footvaud.ch, coach Jean-Yves Bonnard stated: “It’s awesome, isn’t it?
“We have been in touch with each other in the last few months and now it has finally worked out. Eric plays for FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues. Can you believe that?”
It proved a baptism of fire for Djemba-Djemba though who failed to inspire his team to victory on his debut. Despite home advantage, Vallorbe-Ballaigues suffered a 4-1 defeat that demoted them to fourth place in the league.
From playing at Old Trafford to Swiss parks in just eleven years, it’s quite some decline. Nevertheless though, Djemba-Djemba will always remain a cult hero, for his brilliant name at the very least.
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