The 10 Most Overrated Footballers
10. Cristian Panucci (Roma, Serie A)
Not the best right-back or center-back in Italy and he never was the best, even at his peak. Panucci is not the most reliable of defenders, yet he still gets a lot of undeserved attention.
Panucci was a player in the Italian squad in Euro 2004 and Euro 2008 in two tournaments very disappointing showings for Italy. Ironically, he was absent from the Italian squad in 2006 when Italy won the World Cup.
9. Sergio Almiron (Fiorentina, on loan from Juventus, Serie A)
After a good run in Empoli's first team, scoring impressive long-range efforts, Almiron moved to Juventus. However, he formed one of the worst midfield partnerships in the history of Serie A with Tiago Mendes before they both turned into bench warmers for the rest of the season. Almiron did absolutely nothing in his time at Juventus and is currently playing on loan at Fiorentina.
8. Anderson (Manchester United, EPL)
Anderson is yet to show that he is worth £18m price tag. He was signed from Porto as a star, but when Sir Alex Ferguson wants to field a team against a world-class side, he still fields Scholes, Carrick and Hargreaves ahead of Anderson.
7. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea, EPL)
Mikel arrived at Chelsea for 30m Euros and has not been as impressive as his price tag suggests. Mikel has not been as creative and talented as he was said to be and has only been a sub when Chelsea have no injuries.
6. Robbie Keane (Liverpool, EPL)
A good striker, but not worth the £20m, Robbie Keane signed for Liverpool this summer. He has been labeled a star player before he starts netting goals and has been poor until now. Even if Keane does match his potential (which I doubt he will), he cannot do much to justify being signed for the same amount as Fernando Torres signed for.
5. David James (Portsmouth, EPL)
A poor goalkeeper who usually has 89 good minutes but in one minute makes a memorable blunder. James has been England's number one since David Seaman retired and has been performing poorly since then for his national side.
4. Michael Owen (Newcastle, EPL)
Owen rose to fame after his hat-trick against Germany a couple of years ago in a match that ended 5-1 in England's favor. However, Owen has not been able to retain his reputation as a world-class player (because he never was a world-class player).
3. Fernando Gago (Real Madrid, La Liga)
A Barbie-like figure, Fernando Gago knows nothing about aggression and yet is employed as defensive midfielder by Spanish giants Real Madrid.
2. Ashley Cole (Chelsea, EPL)
Cole has never been as good as the media say he is. At Arsenal, he was a very good player and it's been said that he's the best when he never really was. At Chelsea, he's been awful. He hasn't been defending or attacking well and I can't remember the last time I saw him make a good tackle (he seems scared to take the ball off the opponent).
1. David Beckham (LA Galaxy, MLS)
Beckham is a good player. But he has won his reputation and fame because of his good looks that brought him all the media attention and not because of his football abilities. The best free-kicker? No. That was Sinisa Mihajlovic and now it's Juninho Pernambucano. The best right midfielder? No. That was Luis Figo and now it's Cristiano Ronaldo.
Others: Jean-Alain Boumsong
So, that's my top ten list for the most overrated footballers: Do you agree?
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