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One minute they're kissing the badge, declaring their undying loyalty - and the next they're pulling on rival colours.

With that in mind, here is a list of players who have returned to their old stomping grounds and got one over on their old employers.

1) Jermain Defoe

Hammers fans have yet to forgive the pint-sized striker for handing in a transfer request, just hours after West Ham were relegated from the Premier League back in May 2003. Since then Defoe has returned to Upton Park with Tottenham and terrorised the Irons, scoring the equaliser for Spurs from the spot in a memorable 4-3 with for the North Londoners during his first spell at White Hart Lane.

2) Frank Lampard

Another ex-Hammer, Lamps has endured a torrid time on his homecoming to the East End. He might be adored in west London, but the Chelsea man cops his fair share of abuse from all ends of the Boleyn Ground. Lampard though has had the last laugh, having scored twice in recent seasons against the Irons - most notably in a 4-0 win at Upton Park back in March 2008.

3) Nicolas Anelka

Le Sulk left Arsenal on a wave of ill-feeling after claims that his team-mates refused to pass him the ball. After a brief spell with Real Madrid, he arrived back in England via Turkish side Fenerbahce, with a score to settle. His thunderbolt against the Gunners inspired Chelsea to a 4-1 victory at the Emirates last season - but the Frenchman showed his softer side by refusing to celebrate his strike.

4) Nick Barmby

Did the unthinkable when he crossed Stanley Park to join Liverpool from arch-rivals Everton in 2000 - the first time a player had moved between the two clubs since Dave Hickson joined the Reds in 1959. To make matters worse, Barmby then scored the opener in the Merseyside derby for Liverpool in a 3-1 win at Anfield.

5) Lomana Tresor Lua Lua

The striker seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet, but will forever be remembered for his last-minute equaliser, whilst on-loan at Portsmouth against his parent club Newcastle in February 2004. The strike lifted Pompey out of the bottom three in the Premier League and the south coast club went on to avoid relegation.

If you're out there Lomana, get in touch!

6) Ronaldo

No, not that one (though we're not exactly his biggest fans)! The Brazilian was once the best player on the planet - hard to believe given his doughie physique these days! He returned to haunt his old club Inter, after signing for their Milanese rivals AC back in 2008. Despite claims he was a shadow of his former self, he scored the opener for the Rossoneri, firing in from the edge of the box against the Nerazzurri during the 2007-08 Serie A season.

7) Robbie Keane

Arguably his worst career move - the Irishman was fulfilling a lifelong ambition when he joined the Reds at the start of the 2008-09 campaign. But things didn't go to plan, and his Merseyside nightmare was soon over. Keane though returned to Anfield with Spurs on the last day of the season and showed Benitez & Co what they were missing with a strike that left Liverpool fans questioning why he failed to make his mark during his stay with the Reds.

8) Mark Viduka

The Australian striker refused to sign a contract extension at Boro, and then infuriated the Teesiders when he joined their bitter rivals Newcastle. To make matters worse, he then scored his first goal in Geordie colours against his former employers in a 2-2 draw at the start of the 2007-08 season.

9) Henrik Larsson

The Swede was a fans favourite at Celtic Park, before he called time on his seven-year tenure to join Barcelona in 2004. The Magnificent Seven - as he was formerly known, returned with La Liga giants, and as fate would have it he scored for Barca in a 3-1 win during a Champions League group stage - just 111 days after leaving Glasgow. :D

10) Craig Bellamy

Everyone's favourite Welsh patriot, Bellers has made a habit of returning to old pastures to silence the boo-boys. Having joined Liverpool from Blackburn before the start of the 2006 campaign, he scored his first goal for the Merseysiders against Rovers - heading in at the Kop End. Having left the Reds, he returned to Anfield in 2009 with Man City, firing in at the Anfield Road End to earn City a point and severely dent Liverpool's title challenge.

11) Mo Johnston

Famed for turning his back on Celtic and making the short trip across Glasgow to join Rangers, the striker's move sparked bitter scenes amongst supporters of both clubs. Whilst Gers fans warmed to Johnston following three goals against the Hoops in the Old Firm clashes. His betrayal was never forgotten by Celtic fans - who famously hurled a pie at him following a derby at Ibrox.

12) Gary McAllister

One of football's nice guys, Mac spent four years at Highfield Road before joining Liverpool on a Bosman in 2000. Ironically, it was the old boy who did the damage as Gerard Houllier's men beat the Sky Blues 2-0 - which eventually sent the Blues down after 34 years in the top flight. McAllister scored one and made another to leave Gordon Strachan looking disgruntled with his old skipper

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