Who are the famous Nice footballers to play for Cote d’Azur club in modern times?
FootyOn experts look at five famous Nice footballers in the modern era as free agent Wesley Sneijder joins.
Neymar isn’t the only high-profile arrival in the French Ligue 1 this summer, as Netherlands playmaker Sneijder is set to join Nice on a free transfer.
Turkish giants Galatasaray let the Dutch centurion go this summer.
Nice, who are 5/1 with betway for a top three Ligue 1 finish, thus continue to make high-profile signings and are adding a Champions League winner to their ranks.
Sneijder was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side that lifted a historic treble in 2009/10.
He had won league titles in four different countries, having also played for Real Madrid and Ajax.
What other famous Nice footballers have there been in modern times, then? Here are five of the best…
This time last year, the Cote d’Azur club captured Italy’s maverick forward Balotelli on a free transfer after Liverpool let him go.
He re-signed with Nice at the end of the season and has performed well for them.
Balotelli bagged 17 goals last term, including 15 in Ligue 1 – his best-ever league tally.
As Sneijder signs, it is to be hoped the pair can get along together as they did at Inter.
Veteran left back Evra first played senior football in France with Nice back in 2000-2002.
His performances there attracted current defending Ligue 1 champions Monaco’s attention and the rest is history for the Senegal-born defender.
Despite winning five Premier League titles with Manchester United (2006-14) and two Serie A crowns with Juventus (2014-17), Evra has been so unlucky in Champions League finals.
The current Marseille player’s record reads one victory from five attempts at lifting the European Cup.
Diminutive ex-Ivory Coast winger Kone first tasted French top-flight football with Nice (2005-08).
He went on to represent his country at four major tournaments, including the 2006 World Cup.
Kone also captured a Ligue 1 and French League Cup double at Marseille in 2010.
L’OM had earlier looked along the Cote d’Azur and seen strong displays from him in a Nice shirt.
Spurs sweeper-keeper Lloris is a Nice native and came through the club’s academy.
He has gone to do great things, including captaining his country at three major tournaments.
Lloris, via Lyon, has become one of the most consistent Premier League goalies ever.
It is surely a matter of time before Tottenham win a major trophy and betway are 5/2 about Lloris lifting one this season.
Across north London, meanwhile, is another ex-Nice keeper in Arsenal stopper and Colombia international Ospina.
His acrobatic displays at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil helped earned him a move to the Gunners direct from Nice.
Although Petr Cech has often been Arsene Wenger’s first-choice in net, Ospina got the nod to start in Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Premier League champions Chelsea this past May.
Ospina spent six seasons with Nice (2008-14) prior to his Emirates switch.
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