A player's focus is vital. But, if pre-match you're concentrating on stuffing a written transfer request in your sock, then maybe you're not really focusing on the right elements of the upcoming game. Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda did exactly that on the last day of the 2005/06 season. He handed the paper to the Wigan management as he walked off the pitch. Months later, he left for Tottenham. Ah...loyalty.

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