William Gallas

Frenchman William Eric Gallas was born on 17th August 1977. He began his footballing career in France before moving to Chelsea in 2001, Arsenal in 2006 and later to Tottenham Hotspur in 2010 all of England.

He is one player loathed by most Arsenal fans; not necessarily because he left for the Gunners’ bitter rivals; but for his inconsistent display towards his last few seasons at the London club.As a matter of fact, fans of the London club were relieved to see the back of the Frenchman after the management of the club deemed him surplus to requirement at the time of his transfer.

Regardless of his sour relationship with fans of the Gunners, William Gallas has a lot of memorable moments as a professional footballer in France, England and finally Australia where he eventually retired. He was maligned by fans of the North London side for publicly criticizing his team mates during a media interview; a controversy that eventually saw him lose his role as the captain of the club
Gallas won the Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006; making his career in England a successful one.

His career in the English League began in 2001 when he was brought from Marseille in France by current Leicester City Manager, Claudio Ranieri with Chelsea paying the sum of £6.2 million for his services.

Gallas gained his first international cap as a French player while playing for Chelsea. He was named a member of the French team to the 2006 World Cup.

Known for courting controversies, the former Caen of France defender threatened to score an own goal against his club Chelsea in 2006 if not allowed to leave the club, according to a statement issued by the club. He however, denied such claim, but was later granted his wish to leave as part of the deal that brought Ashley Cole from Arsenal to Chelsea.

After 84 caps for his country, Gallas announced his retirement from international football at the age of 33.