they fought the law. . .
After leaving Teesside for Fener- bahce, the Turkish international sued Middlesbrough for £544,677. He claimed the money was not paid to him for sporting, economic or image rights. He won the case.
Middlesbrough cancelled the Brazilian's contract after two specialists said his knee ligament damage would stop him from returning to football. Branca sued Boro for £500,000 for loss of earnings after he resumed his career with Italian Serie B side Monza. He won the case.
The former Chelsea defender sustained a serious knee injury, resulting from a challenge by Liverpool's Dean Saunders. He never played again, but filed a lawsuit against Saunders seeking damages for the injury. He lost the case as a civil court said Saunders was not at fault.