Moyes and Beckham, Guardiola and Baggio, Rivaldo and Casemiro, and countless others are just a few of the footballers whose teammate statuses you may have forgotten.
INTRODUCE yourself to the strange pairings in football, the players you may have forgotten were once teammates.
Their careers overlapped at different points, usually when one star was already a legend and the other was on the rise.
Among them are a Premier League manager, a former player of the year, the winner of the Ballon d’Or, and a key cog in Manchester United’s midfield.
In case you’ve already forgotten, allow us to refresh your memory on the improbable combinations…
Moyes and Beckham
David Moyes served as a player and assistant coach for Preston during the 1994–1995 season.
They needed more talent in the middle of the field, so they borrowed a young Becks from Manchester United.
There would be five total appearances for the club, with one of his goals coming on a trademark free-kick.
The press has reported that Moyes nearly squished Beckham during the celebrations.
Guardiola and Baggio
After spending many years with Barcelona, Guardiola left for the depths of Serie A with Brescia in 2001.
The reason? He hoped to play with Roberto Baggio, a hero of his.
Their plan almost didn’t work out at all, what with Guardiola missing four months of the season and Baggio also getting hurt.
Pep, who was captain at the time, appropriately ran over to his hero Baggio and gave him the captain’s armband when the Italy legend entered the game as a substitute.
Cole and Maddison
Perhaps Joe Cole’s time with Coventry City in 2015–16 is forgotten by many.
James Maddison, however, enjoyed his time on the field with the former England star so much that he began to take on some of his qualities.
Maddison, then only a teenager, would go on to make his 2016 debut with Norwich.
Although not before he admitted that he had consulted Cole for guidance.
Rivaldo and Casemiro
Incredible; it defies all logic.
More so when you learn that Rivaldo, then 38 years old, was playing for Sao Paulo in Brazil.
At age 18, Casemiro was just beginning his second year in the professional league.
However, he was already a staple in the Brazilians’ midfield.
Dyche and Young
Dyche spent the final years of his professional career with Watford (2002–2005).
Future star Ashley Young starred for the youth team and made his professional debut with the Hornets in 2003.
Dyche would finish his career at Northampton Town.
Young would go to bigger things at Man Utd.
Dichio and Veron
When Sampdoria signed former QPR center forward Danny Dichio in the summer of 1997, Serie A was widely considered the best league in the world.
Juan Sebastian Veron was tasked with feeding him the ball so he could score.
Before coming to the United Kingdom to play for Manchester United and Chelsea, the Argentine midfielder dominated in Serie A.
Once back in the UK, Dichio would immediately contribute greatly for both Sunderland and West Brom.
Pochettino and Ronaldinho
Poch played for PSG for a total of two and a half years, from 2001 to 2003.
A Brazilian master was showing off his stuff on the European stage when he was there, and he was performing at the Parc des Princes.
And it was Ronaldinho who would use his time with the French club as a stepping stone to a transfer to Barcelona, where he would eventually win the Ballon d’Or.
Do you want to know a weirder fact? During that time, the club had future Premier League players like Jay-Jay Okocha, Mikel Arteta, Nicolas Anelka, and Gabriel Heinze on its roster.
Ederson and Oblak
What would it be like to have not just one, but two of the best goalkeepers in the world on your roster?
In 2012, Rio Ave found themselves in that exact position, with Ederson, then 18, and Oblak, then 19, both on loan from Benfica.
Oblak ultimately prevailed in their battle for the starting position.
The following year, they both started at the highest level for their teams.
Henry and Arne Riise
During Thierry Henry’s final year in Monaco, the club acquired John Arne Riise from Aaslund.
While Riise remained with the club until 2001, Thierry Henry left for Juventus, failed to make an impact, and then became a star for Arsenal.
Incredible as it may seem, Monaco’s best finish that season in Ligue 1 was fourth.
And they had a pretty good bench, too, with stars like Lilian Thuram, Fabien Barthez, and David Trezeguet.
Lafferty and Dybala
Northern Ireland football legend Kyle Lafferty spent one season with Palermo in 2013–2014, making for about as unlikely a forward duo as you can find.
The 6’4″ striker was the ideal complement to Paolo Dybala, a promising youngster from Argentina, and the two dominated Serie B.
As a result of Lafferty’s 12 goals and Dybala’s 5, their team was promoted to Serie A.
Incredible as it may seem, current Italy international Andrea Bellotti joined them in the front three.