After impressing at the World Cup, your club buys a player who looks like the real deal. The season starts and you're genuinely excited until, after a few dreadful appearances, you tell your friends that he "probably just needs a few games to bed in."
Except, it never happens. A waste of money has replaced what looked like a world-class talent and the player is swiftly shipped out.
But which footballers—who were stars for their respective World Cup nations—turned out to be the worst buys at club level?
Over the next 15 slides we find out.
Arranged in chronological order, we work our way from Alberto Tarantini's 1978 move from Boca Juniors to Birmingham City—right up to David Odonkor's 2006 switch from Borussia Dortmund to Real Betis.
Read on for more!