The 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup proved a point that has been long debated. The famed star players lack commitment when they play for their nation compared to their clubs.
Be it the goalscoring machine Rooney, or the costliest player in the world Ronaldo, or the highly regarded Messi. The majority of the so called world renonwed players failed to perform for their countries in the international stage.
England's Wayne Rooney was the second highest goalscorer in the 2009-10 EPL season for his club Manchester United. But during the World Cup his performance was disappointing. It seemed as if he had forgot to bring his scoring boots to South Africa.
Ronaldo also looked off color. Except a few flashes of brilliance he was largely a shadow in the field and did not look worth his sky-soaring price.
Messi, the successor to Maradona performed better than most of his famous colleagues but the sharpness we are usually habituated to see in Barca colors was missing.
Same applies for Kaka, Lampard, Van Persie, Torres, Terry and others. It seems the star players lack some sort of motivation while playing for their nation. The commitment levels for their nations are much less than for their clubs.
It might be lack of monetary incentives or tiredness that results from the overcrowded club fixtures that are usually associated in modern day football.
But our hopes of watching our stars play in their usual form in the World Cup might never be fulfilled.