In the modern game today, there are those players that mesmerize us with their close control and dribbling. From the jinking runs of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the striking skills of Sergio Aguero, there really is plenty of talent on the field. But for every special footballer that graces us with their presence and pitch perfect abilities, there are of course the not so special ones. Those individuals who promise so much from a very early age yet fail to live up to expectations.
It can be extremely tough for a player to break through the ranks, whilst confidence is another crucial factor. On the other hand, the tabloid press also have their part to play when it comes to emerging new talent. With labels banded about, it can be very easy for a player to lose focus and literally take his eye off the ball.
However, for some the hype surrounding them can prove to be too much in terms of the final delivery. Take for example former West Ham and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole. Some 10 years ago, the pint sized midfielder was considered to be England’s long awaited answer to Paul Gascoigne. However the former England international failed to live up to those particular expectations which saw begin a nomadic footballing career. This took Cole to a number of different clubs including the likes of Liverpool and Lille on the continent. In essence, being overrated can cause a detrimental effect to one’s career which can haunt them for the rest of their playing days.
Whether it is an over-inflated transfer fee or a player is simply not performing when it matters, here are the top 15 most overhyped players of all time.
15 Micah Richards
14 Jack Wilshere
13 Iker Casillas
12 Mesut Ozil
After a $45 million move to Arsenal, German international Mesut Ozil was all set to ignite the Emirates stadium. However, Ozil has not even mustered a spark in his short tenure in North London. His performances for the white of Real Madrid were impressive but his defensive ability has been questioned on a number of occasions. Having spent a significant period of time on the side-lines at Arsenal, Ozil has tended to disappear as quickly as Houdini in games. He may come good in the long term but for the time being, there is definitely room for improvement.
Incredible he may not be, but Hulk is another player who has been hyped up to the stars. The Zenit St. Petersburg forward was hit and miss in the World Cup for Brazil and his astronomical wages ensures his value to quality ratio is way off the mark. At the end of the day Hulk has still not managed to secure a big money move to a major league such as La Liga and Serie A. As they say the records do not lie and the stocky attacker never even hit the target in the six games he played at the World Cup. Therefore, his $50 million plus price tag is certainly not justifiable given his genuine ability and scoring stats.
10 Fernando Torres
9 Marouane Fellaini
8 Stewart Downing
7 Yaya Sanogo
6 Carlos Tevez
5 Andy Carroll
4 Mario Balotelli
3 Tom Cleverley
One of England’s most promising young midfielders for some time, former Manchester United player Tom Cleverley failed to hold down a regular place at Old Trafford. He was all set to become a permanent fixture in the heart of England’s midfield but many wondered how he even got into the squad. After several years at United, Cleverley was eventually moved on and was transferred to Aston Villa. His unimpressive display in the red shirt coupled with his knack to give the ball away ensures Tom Cleverley features highly on the list.
2 Adel Taraabt
Whilst under the tutelage of Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane, Moroccan international Adel Taraabt showed form that secured him a host of first team slots. His intricate skill and prowess on the ball was a real talent for both the manager and fans alike. However his talent has been wasted over time and in spite of a spell at AC Milan, Taraabt returned to his parent club Queens Park Rangers. He is currently reunited with former manager Redknapp at Loftus Road but has sparked controversy including having to train on his own.
1 David Luiz
Arguably the most overhyped player in recent history has to be Brazilian defender David Luiz. The ex-Chelsea man made the move to big spending Paris Saint Germain last year for a fee in the region of $80 million. Despite a shortage of high quality centre backs, Luiz’s transfer fee lands him to the top of this list. Not to mention, his hopeless performance in the 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany sees him clinch top spot. While it was a team loss, Luiz deserves his share of the blame for that catastrophe on the international stage.
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