Fred: I came close to signing for Tottenham

The former Lyon forward, now back in his homeland with Fluminense, has told FourFourTwo that a desire to be with his daughter dictated the return to South America, rather than move to White Hart Lane and earn more money.

The decision has paid off in a different sense for the 29-year-old. He has since netted 110 goals in 175 games for the Rio de Janeiro outfit, winning Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A titles in 2010 and 2012 and the league's MVP award in 2012.

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Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.