When the ‘Habit’ is over, what to do next?
The final days of the 2018-19 World Cup were marked by the arrival of some unexpected players to the fold.
In particular, the arrival and departure of several key players from the side that won the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Here is a look at some of the players who left and rejoined in the last 12 months.
Gareth Bale Bale’s departure from Real Madrid marked the end of a remarkable three-year spell at the Bernabeu, with the Welshman scoring 11 goals in 34 appearances for the club.
However, the 24-year-old had a breakthrough season at Real Madrid, scoring 26 goals in 35 games and helping them to the La Liga title.
Bale has enjoyed a fruitful three years at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeucamp, scoring 30 goals in all competitions for the Spanish giants, with Spain’s Copa del Rey still to be played.
He also had a fantastic season in the Champions League, scoring eight goals in seven games.
Bale is likely to be offered a new contract at Real as his departure leaves Real’s wage bill up to €180 million.
Christian Benteke Benteke’s departure will be a significant blow to the Belgium international’s goalscoring output, with his 27 goals in 53 games for his country in the Confederations.
However it was Bentekel who left the club and signed for Liverpool, a move which saw the striker score 23 goals in 54 appearances.
The 23-year the Dutchman has scored 26 goals and helped his team to the Europa League, the Copa America, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
He will be offered new deals with both Liverpool and Arsenal.
Eden Hazard Hazard’s departure leaves the Belgium striker in a precarious situation.
The 27-year old was a key part of the Chelsea side that lifted the Champions Cup in 2017, scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances for Chelsea, with only four assists.
However he had a disappointing season with the Blues, scoring only five goals in 36 league games, with a solitary assist.
Hazard will now be competing with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and James Rodriguez for a starting place in the Chelsea team.
Hazard is unlikely to be able to get a new deal with Chelsea, as his future at the club remains uncertain.
Cristiano Ronaldo The Portuguese superstar is set to leave Manchester United in the summer, having enjoyed a successful two-year stay at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo was the club’s all-time leading scorer with 28 goals in 79 appearances, with 28 of those coming in the Premier League.
The Portuguese international has scored 30 goals this season for the Red Devils, with 22 of those goals coming in 2016-17.
Ronaldo is yet to sign a new long-term contract with the Portuguese giants, and his future in England will be decided by the summer.
Joao Moutinho The Brazilian has struggled to find regular first-team football this season with PSG, as the French champions have lost three of their last five league games to fall to 10th in the league table.
The Brazilian has scored just eight goals this term, with three of those from the bench.
His future at PSG remains unclear.
Cesc Fabregas Fabregas was expected to return to Barcelona in the new season, after two seasons with the Catalan giants, but a knee injury has ruled the Spanish midfielder out of action for the next six months.
Fabregás, 31, missed all of last season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a Champions League match against Sevilla.
He is expected to be sidelined until the summer of 2021.
Romel Nwankwo-Uitenhof Nwankwo-Uituhef has struggled for games since returning to Barcelona after a loan spell with Manchester City in 2017.
He was also injured in the final group match of the 2017-18 season and has been sidelined since.
The 22-year was the subject of interest from Chelsea, but they opted to sign Nwansa instead.
Nwawoa-Uiiti is a player to keep an eye on in the years to come.
Alexis Sanchez The Chilean striker has enjoyed his best season at Arsenal in a decade, scoring 25 goals in 29 games.
The Chilean was one of the most consistent players in the team this season, scoring 11 league goals and four assists, with two of those assists coming in Arsenal’s win over Watford.
The 24-, 29-year veteran will be looking to a big payday in the near future, with Sanchez likely to leave the Emirates for the Chinese Super League.
Sergio Aguero The Argentinian striker has struggled since arriving at Manchester City from the Gunners, scoring just five goals this campaign with three coming from the penalty spot.
Aguero will be expected to find a new club in the coming months, with Real Madrid keen on the