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11 stars whose reputations were ruined after moving to England

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9. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham)

Despite scoring on his debut, Soldado's form soon petered out and within two years he was back in La Liga

The Spanish hitman plundered goals for fun at Valencia – 81 in 141 matches, to be precise – prompting Tottenham to invest a large chunk of the money (around £26 million) they generated from the sale of Gareth Bale in the striker.

But despite netting the winner against Crystal Palace on his debut, Soldado's form soon petered out and within two years he was back in La Liga.

Roberto Soldado

Spurs fans appreciated Soldado's hard work, but his scoring touch deserted him in north London

10. Radamel Falcao (Manchester United and Chelsea)

Factor in an estimated £285,000 per week salary and Falcao's record at Old Trafford can only be described as calamitous

By the standards of any striker, four goals in 29 games is a paltry return. Factor in an estimated £285,000-per-week salary and Falcao's time at Old Trafford can only be described as calamitous. 

A subsequent loan spell at Chelsea, comprising one strike in 10 outings, was an even further cry from his goal-laden exploits with Atletico Madrid.

Radamel Falcao

Four goals in 26 Premier League games was not the Falcao we knew

11. Alberto Tarantini (Birmingham)

If Birmingham fans hoped that Tarantini could make a similarly impressive splash at St Andrew's as compatriots Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa at White Hart Lane, they were sadly mistaken.

Following a whopping £295,000 move (this was in 1978), the former Boca Juniors man failed to impress in the First Division, memorably losing the plot with Manchester United defender Brian Greenhoff during a match between the two sides. When the Argentine waded into the Birmingham crowd to have it out with a heckler, it was clear there was no way back.

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