Much Freddy Adu About Nothing: 10 Players Who Didn't Live Up to Their Potential

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Much Freddy Adu About Nothing: 10 Players Who Didn't Live Up to Their Potential
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The mother of a wise man once said: "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get."

This maxim can also be applied to precocious teenage footballers. Some explode onto the scene with a tenacity and verve that they maintain long into their 20s. Others are billed as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but ultimately fail to live up to their own hype.

This list deals with the latter: The players who defied the scouts, the managers and the media by falling short of standards they set themselves at an early age...

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