Soccer is the world’s number one and most beloved sport. This means that soccer players are also the most respected athletes in the world today. Some of them might be a little too loved, though. These are the top overrated soccer players of all time.
Georgi Kinkladze is a former player for the Georgian club team Mretebi Tbilisi and is seen early on as one of Georgian’s best players. This player’s legacy is solely based on “his goal” and his success for the British club Manchester City. He was a recipient of the club’s Player of the Year Award, two years in a row.
He Had A Shot Lived Success
Even though his success seems to be great, Kinkladze isn’t a remarkable player. Kinkladze’s goals for Manchester City against Southampton are a rare highlight in the player’s career. Over the course of his time as a soccer player, the player scored only 22 times in 122 for City.
Lionel Messi is an Argentine player for both the Argentine National team and the club team FC Barcelona. To some he is considered the best player in the world, but to other’s his career is overhyped. Messi is currently the first player to ever win the European Golden Shoe award three times.
His Teammates Hold Their Own
The biggest critique of Messi is actually that his entire team is an amazing group of players. The FC Barcelona club features other remarkable players like Gerard Picque and Neymar. Many of Messi’s critics state that his success comes from his team, not his own attributes.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is currently playing for the club team Manchester United and is also a member for the Swedish National team. He is his country’s leading scorer with a collected goal total of 62 goals and was a 10-time recipient of the Guldbollen, which is awarded to a Swedish player of the year.
He Has Too Much Of An Ego
Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of the world’s most talented players, but he is definitely not as good as HE thinks he is. He’s basically the Kanye of soccer. Ibrahimović has no Champions League wins and he has also not played in one of Europe’s top three leagues since leaving Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer and plays for both his country’s national team and Real Madrid. Some fans believe Ronaldo is the best in the world, and he recently is a member of the Portuguese team which won the 2016 Euro’s. So, what makes him so overrated?
He Is A Terrible Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, but the problem is that he knows it. Ronaldo is often labeled a cry baby, and he is incredibly dramatic when it comes to trying to fake injuries on the pitch. Also, Ronaldo is not afraid to show attitude when another member of his team scores. He truly only wants to be the best and doesn’t care about the rest of his team.
Carlos Valderrama is a former Colombian player who is most notably known for his contributions to the Colombian National Team. He is also the most capped player in the history of Colombian football and is known for his accuracy in passing.
He Was Famous For His Image
Even though the former player is a great athlete, his image was really what made people love him. Valderrama was a player for only two European clubs – Montpeiller and Real Valladolid- where he isn’t a legend. The athlete is also a former MLS player in the American league, which doesn’t compare to European soccer.
Nicolas Anelka is a former French footballer who played as a forward for over 12 European clubs. The striker is a a former recipient of the PFA Young Player of The Year Award, and played for the 2008 French Euro team. He is not a member of the 2010 French FIFA World Cup Team.
He Couldn’t Play Club
The former player was capable of great moments on the pitch, but he just couldn’t produce at the club level. Anelka is a former player for over 12 different clubs and has raked up over 66.5 million pounds worth of transfer fees. His scoring was not good enough, for a player that cost that much, and he just couldn’t stick to one club.
Wayne Rooney is an English footballer who is currently the captain for both the English national team and for his club team Manchester United. He is the player behind five Premier League Player of The Month awards and is on the 2018 England World Cup Team.
He Hasn’t Move Up
Wayne Rooney is the pride of Manchester United, but some critics think his career is plateauing. His poor goal returns in major tournaments for England and just one Champions League win prove that this player is more promise than delivery.
Florent Malouda is a French professional player who is currently playing as a left winger for the Indian club team Delhi Dynamos. He is also a former player for the Premier League Team of Chelsea, and was also a member of the French national team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
He Just Isn’t Special
Malouda is an admirable player, but his efforts at Chelsea weren’t anything special. During his time playing for Chelsea in the 2009 to 2010 season, he proved why he is a limited player and one-paced. He is currently playing on the not-too-great Delhi Dynamos in an Indian league.
Denílson de Oliveira Araújo
Denílson is currently a former Brazilian player who is responsible for over 60 caps for the Brazilian national team. During his 16 year professional career, Denílson has been easily the world’s most expensive player in the year of 1998. He is a part of the Brazilian national team which went to the 2002 World Cup.
He Wasn’t The Best On The Team
Denílson is considered one of the world’s best fringe players, because of his lack of contributing talent. Denílson was a member of the 2002 World Cup team which won the cup, but he wasn’t their most captivating or talented player. When it came down to it, the player simply failed to deliver.
David Ginola is a former French player who is actually more successful as an actor and a model. He is a former player for Paris Saint Germain and Newcastle United, but is now retired and following other pursuits. He is currently a contributor to BBC, BT, and CNN.
He Was Inconsistent
Ginola was not meant to be on the pitch, simply because it looked like he never cared. The former player is very carefree and aloof when it came to his playing and his abilities. He also was a player who had moments of greatness, but couldn’t regularly deliver. He is better off at announcing and modeling!
Adriano is a Brazilian professional footballer who is currently playing for the Major League Soccer team Miami United. He is a powerful striker, but isn’t reliable. He currently holds four titles including the Copa America for his home country of Brazil.
He Isn’t Reliable
This player is extremely talented, with his left-footed shot and the ability to score from the complete other side of the pitch. Adriano has all the talent in the world, but he hasn’t been able to harness his talent consistently. He isn’t the stand out on any of his teams, and proves his career has been somewhat disappointing.
Freddy Adu is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Adu was drafted at the ripe young age of 14 by DC United in 2004 and he is the youngest person to ever play a United States professional sport. His talent and career are fizzling though.
He Was Going To Save Soccer
Soccer in the United State’s isn’t big and is honestly something which is mocked by some European football fans. Freddy Adu is a former golden boy for the MLS and was going to change the way Americans thought of soccer. The player has peaked at a very young age and has yet to spark any real legacy for the game.
Robert Baggio is a former player Italian professional football player and is known for his contribution on the Italian National team. He was a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Dream Team and was also the recipient of the 1993 FIFA World Player of The Year.
He Isn’t The Playmaker
Robert Baggio isn’t the play maker — in fact, most of his fame is actually from being a part of some great teams. During big games, Baggio often went missing and his performances on club teams is often overshadowed by his contributions to the Italian team. His failure to win a major tournament with Azzurri proves why he wasn’t a playmaker.
Steven Gerrard is an English professional player who is currently playing for the Major League Soccer Team the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is a former player for the Premier League team Liverpool, where he is known as good, but not great.
He’s Okay, Not Amazing
Steven Gerrard is like Rooney, he isn’t amazing, but he’s okay. Gerrard’s moments of greatness like the 2005 Champions League Final, and the 2006 FA Cup Final can’t always overshadow his weaknesses. Gerrard is a hot head, exhibited by his red card fiasco and his slip against Chelsea.
Jack Wilshere is a British player who plays midfielder for the Premier league team Bournemouth, while he is on loan from the club team Arsenal. Wilshere is the youngest player to ever play for Arsenal and is the recipient of the PFA Young Player of The Year Award.
He’s A Good Teammate, Not A Standout
Wilshere is not a player to really stand out or to have an impact. His reputation is far better than his actual performance as a player and is due to the fact that he started to play professionally very young. Since he is older now, he still has yet to make a huge statement as a great player.
Sergio Ramos is a Spanish national team player and is also a player for the Spanish club team of Real Madrid. He is the youngest Spanish player to ever reach 100 caps and is a member of three Spanish World Cup teams and three Spanish European Championship teams.
He Lives In Ronaldo’s Shadow
It’s hard to play on the same team as the best player in the world plays on. Ramos is on the amazing club team Real Madrid, but when it comes down to it, Ramos can’t defend players one on one. He is also known to receive red cards, including the 19 cards he picked up in La Liga.
David Luiz is a Brazilian professional football player who plays for both the Brazilian national team and the Premier League club team Chelsea. He is the holder of 50 caps and joined international play in 2010. Luiz is also a member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup team, where Brazil made it to the semi-finals.
People Like Him Too Much
David Luiz is a very like-able person and that takes away from how bad this player can be at times. Luiz is limited as a centre-back and is frequently lacking the ability to play defense. This was seen during the 2014 World Cup, when Germany beat his French team 7 to 0.
Rademel Falcao is a Colombian professional soccer player who currently plays for the French club Monaco as a striker. He is also the captain for the Colombian team and is nicknamed El Tigre. He is the holder of 60 caps and is the scorer of 25 goals for the Colombian national team.
He Loves The Money
Falcao is definitely motivated by money when it comes to who he plays for and how he plays. Falcao is a former player for the Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United where his poor performance is actually seen as a joke. His career at Chelsea only obtained one goal in all of his time there.
Neymar is a Brazilian player who plays for his national team and for the Spanish club team FC Barcelona. Neymar is a standout player and is the recipient of the South American Footballer of the Year Award. He is on a pretty well stacked team.
He Fakes Injuries All Of The Time
Neymar is one of the best players in the world, but he is also one player who loves dramatics. Neymar is well known by critics to fake injuries, which really pulls attention away from how much talent this player has. He is also consistently compared to Lionel Messi, instead of being a stand alone player.
Mario Balotelli is an Italian national player who also plays for the Ligue 1 club team Nice. He is the holder of 30 caps for the Italian national team and is also a member of the Italian team for the UEFA Euro 2012, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Teams.
He’s Just Potential
It isn’t clear why teams keep spending so much money on Mario Balotelli, but they still think that he is a player with a lot of potential. Balotelli isn’t a legend or even a good player on any of the club teams whom he has been a part of. His legacy is only with the Italian national team.