Finally, we have come to the end of the summer transfer window. We laughed. We cried. We asked ourselves ‘Why, in the name of Ronaldinho’s Golden Tiempos, is Manchester City signing Manuel Akanji?’
But like it or not, your club’s squad roster is now what it will look like for at least the next six months. Many players have left clubs they had been with for years and that means one thing is certain: farewell letters from players.
It’s a well-worn art, much like trying not to look too smug while refusing to celebrate against your old team, or patting the referee on the back after he’s given you a yellow card. . When you leave a club, you must at least leave a note when leaving. Otherwise, you become a villain, a villainous antagonist who becomes a subject of joy when misfortune befalls you. Some players thrive on this kind of negativity, but most like to at least leave a courtesy note before leaving.
But when you’re a fan of a player at your club and he suddenly leaves, you always want to make sure he really means what he wrote, at least on some level. Sometimes this grief is easy to see; other times it’s a little harder to tell. So, in a bid to turn absolutely everything into a competition, I’ve decided to categorize some of the most notable farewell letters from outgoing players to their former clubs.
Entries are judged on their perceived sincerity, aesthetic quality in both written and visual materials, and an accurate reflection of the player’s history with the club, which is a fancy way of saying how much the bull – — … You know what? Let’s go.
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There are several video farewell letters on this list, but very few come with the sheer production value that Jesus brings to the table here. We have youth clips. We have adult clips. We have an animation (!!!), and we have a fully narrated video that was clearly thought out and written well in advance, with incredibly elegant and effective repetition of sentence structure to really drive the emotional point to the end .
Did you catch this? From I did it, I did, I did, to “we did it”. He invites every colleague and fan who watches the video into his tenure at Manchester City and puts his arm around them, just with a simple turn of phrase. Excellent video and farewell letter. Top marks.
Granted, Phillips is essentially shooting a showpiece video here, but he’s also establishing his bona fides, showing his own pictures of kids wearing Leeds shirts, showing himself helping bring the club to the Premier League, singing songs with supporters. Oh, and it’s all set for Adele, like that’s not emotional enough. And that’s before we get to the letter, which is about as sincere as it gets, and takes the time to personally thank several Leeds United staff by name.
It’s detailed, it’s sincere, it’s moving. I think it just lacks a bit of the polish that Jesus brings to the farewell letter game, but it’s almost equal to the best of the bunch here.
Dybala doesn’t have a video, and his farewell letter isn’t as long or as specific as others. But if there’s one thing Dybala has going for him, it’s raw emotion. When he says he thought he was going to wear the Juventus shirt longer, you know he means it deep down.
No one has cried so much over Tina Turner since the Clinton administration. When Dybala talks about Juventus, he brings a sincerity of appreciation for the club that deserves admiration. And it also makes a good goodbye letter.
Marks for the longest letter in this list, as well as custom font and hand drawn designs here. It’s a very nice letter trying to thank everyone Bellerin has worked with and around Arsenal, and he never feels like he ventures into half-hearted complacency or gratitude. . I think it lacks some of the raw emotion and excellent midrange synthesis that those above Bellerin possess, but it’s still excellent.
There will never be any hard feelings between Haaland and Dortmund. Everyone knew he wouldn’t stay forever; no one does unless they tend to hurt themselves at the most heartbreaking times. Still, Haaland has put together a really good video here. What stands out in the sea of highlight reels is how he also includes it in his interactions with fans, whom he also takes the time to thank in the written part. He even includes a part at the end that he delivers specifically for the video.
It wasn’t just sent to a video editor with a bunch of goals, no sir. He put a personal effort into this, and that will score you points here.
Ok, I will absolutely grant it to you: it is not prodigious. He says almost nothing at all. But doesn’t that suit Mane so well? Wouldn’t it be absolutely bizarre to see him completely talk with all of this? He’s always been more of a man of action than words when it comes to gaming, after all.
Short and sweet works here. It’s just.
It’s a very nice note to leave Lyon, but the real stars of the show are the children of Paqueta. Does he know that he helped create physical manifestations of the “Precious Moments” children? Are these kids already doing Gerber commercials? Anyway, nice note, nice family. Fair play.
This is a well made and edited video, and I certainly like the choice to splice the old interview audio clip. There’s a refreshing honesty there, and in his written caption itself, noting his growth both as a player and as a person. Really, it looks like there are all the elements of success here, but…it all feels a bit mechanical, doesn’t it? We get some nice highlights from the players. We get the achievements at the end. But it feels like it’s all about Sterling, and not really his relationship with Manchester City. It’s just a little too professional to be a very good goodbye letter, I think.
This is another one that looks more like a highlight video. It could be a bit more sincere, but a good composition of the video showing Pogba’s time in United’s youth ranks before moving on to later achievements with the club. And frankly, it’s a bit more heartfelt than I would expect from Pogba, given the heartbreak his own fans have caused him over the years. Is that why this thing looks like it was recorded by Hans Zimmer? Perhaps the gigantic “BWAAAA” of the brass is the sound of cognitive dissonance? We may never know for sure.
A highlight video farewell to end all the highlight video farewells. We just had some highlights from Rudiger with Chelsea, and that’s about it. The song choice is nice, and I will always appreciate how well the music matches the lyrics. We just don’t get much special here, and really no words outside of the backing music.
It’s perfectly fine as a farewell to a club, but it leaves a bit to be desired.
Kudos to Lewandowski, because if I resented the way he clearly felt he was treated at the end of his tenure at Bayern, I would send a little TikTok dance as a farewell. Instead, he goes through the stages here, as seriously as you can when parting ways with your club of eight years on fairly poor terms. It’s a nice farewell letter, but you can almost hear the tension in it.
Alright guys. We have to try a little harder than that. The people at the top of the list are making art shorts about people they, in many cases, will never have to care about again.
If we’re just going to post a simple image, let’s at least make the caption a little more memorable, shall we?
If you’re reading this and thinking ‘wait, who is Neco Williams again’, the answer is ‘clearly someone who was ready to leave Liverpool’, according to this farewell letter. For someone who has spent 15 years with the club, you might expect just over three sentences. The collage of photos is nice, but it does not suit me. Just like Williams and Forest didn’t do much against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Let’s be clear on one thing here. This is the worst farewell letter on this list, and it’s also possibly my favorite farewell letter on this list, as it’s the only one that’s openly hostile to the old club.
‘I chose not to communicate during this transfer window despite all the often false and misleading reviews and comments, even when they came from the club’ is just an absolutely amazing line. Insignificant in the extreme. He goes on to thank Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers despite saying Rodgers has chosen to ‘expose’ him recently. There’s no sadness here, and half the gratitude expressed is done with sarcasm. Most of the time it’s just complacency and, honestly, it’s hilarious.
And the photo to top it off? He doesn’t even say “Thank you”. It just says “Goodbye”. As a heartfelt measure of farewell, it’s a letter that doesn’t even come close to Williams. But as pure content to enjoy as a non-Leicester fan? It’s a pure gift, and we should be grateful for that.