Most players want to be recruited by the #1 team. Doing so gives them access to resources and, most importantly, name. Because who wouldn’t want to be on the #1 team? The potential to be affiliated is intoxicating.
Then there are those who don’t want to be recruited by the #1 team because they want to make their team great. They aren’t interested in greatness by affiliation: they want to earn greatness.
Your career works the same way. Because while the second way may be tougher, the rewards are much more endearing.