It is not disrespectful to some clubs to say that they have players who are simply too good to play for them. This can be down to a variety of reasons; young players who've come through said team's academy and not yet moved on, old players returning to their boyhood clubs or clubs who are paying players extraordinary amounts of money to play for a team well below their true level.
It is usually clear to see a class player playing for a team well above their level. When the likes of Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez really turned on the style at Tottenham and Liverpool, most people knew it was only a matter of time before they made a big money move. Some of the players on this list may well follow suit, and make a move to a bigger and/or better club in the not too distant future.
The list features playing all around the globe, from the Premier League to the Maltese Premier League, and all that come in between those two levels of soccer. There are veteran Champions League winners and youth products who went globetrotting after struggling in major leagues. Here are the top 20 soccer players who are too good for their teams:
20 Mathieu Valbuena - Dynamo Moscow
19 Joao Moutinho - AS Monaco
18 Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspur
17 Yannick Bolasie - Crystal Palace
16 Andrea Pirlo - New York City FC
15 Wesley Sneijder - Galatasaray
14 Yohan Cabaye - Crystal Palace
13 Antonio Candreva - Lazio
12 Julian Draxler - Schalke
11 Carlos Tevez - Boca
10 Stewart Downing - Middlesbrough
9 Bojan - Stoke City
8 Kevin De Bruyne - Werder Bremen
7 Sebastian Giovinco - Toronto FC
6 Asamoah Gyan - Shanghai SIPG
5 Charlie Austin - QPR
4 Samuel Eto'o - Antalyaspor
3 Fabrizio Miccoli - Birkirkara
2 Daniel Agger - Brondby
1 Phil Younghusband - Loyola Meralco Sparks
Phil Younghusband was the top scorer in Chelsea's academy for consecutive seasons, and was touted as a future star. As is so often the case though, one of Chelsea's youth products struggled for game time. In 2011, instead of joining another English side, Younghusband and his brother joined Loyola Meralco Sparks in their native Philippines. However romantic it may seem, the league is a shocking one, and two talented young players should be more ambitious. Younghusband has scored 76 goals in 50 games for the club, showing his class is far beyond that of the league and his team.
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