6 of the Most Overrated Players in World Football

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6 of the Most Overrated Players in World Football
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The beautiful thing about the game of football is that everyone has an opinion, particularly when it comes to players.

There are those who are universally seen as being among the best, the truly outstanding such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who even if you don't really like them, you can only respect thanks to their utterly astonishing records. However, there are also those who, despite their reputations and the teams they play for, simply don't meet up to the hype.

Perhaps they had a short spell where they performed like a world-beater, but that river quickly ran dry.

Maybe they've moved for massive transfer fees thanks to astute agents, but have never justified such exorbitant deals. 

Alternatively, they could quite clearly appear to have something and offer fleeting embers, but never truly catch fire.

These are the overrated—those who promise much and have their backers, yet all too often flatter to deceive. Listed are six players, earning big money and plying their trade among some of Europe's premier sides, who are rarely held accountable for being subpar, largely given their reputations.

These are not the Walcotts and Rooneys of the world whom fans argue for and against down the pub, nor are they the likes of Robinho—players who have clearly lost any semblance of what took them to the top in the first place.

These are the guys who simply haven't done it often or long enough when it counts and who simply aren't worth the argument.

Presenting the overrated:

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