There are good players who get praised thanks to their good performances on the pitch; there are others who don’t get enough recognition no matter how good they play and how important they are for their respective teams and then we find a hateful kind of player that receives plenty of more attention than they deserve in the eyes of many.
Albeit this is not a very common thing nowadays, some people think there are some cases where players receive the best comments and all the attention even though they don’t play as good as others; some can say they show touches of what they can do every now and then or show up when the team needs them in the latter stages of the games, but that doesn’t necessarily make a player a good one.
Overrating footballers will never be seen as a good thing and much less when you see how poorly some guys play when an important game is taking place. There are some cases more scandalous than others, but today we’ve listed who we consider five extremely overrated players.
Honorable Mention: Thibaut Courtois
The Belgian midfielder is seen as one of the best players in his position at this moment, is an important player in both Manchester United and Belgium national team’s ranks, but the truth is that Fellaini has been overrated ever since his days with Everton. During those days, people used to say he was very good for a player his tall and for the position he plays and that kind of comments made him go to Manchester United.
Actually, Fellaini is not that good and it’s very likely that he will never be. Marouane is very slow for his position, he makes mistakes every time he goes to fight or tackle for the ball and the way he passes the ball isn’t the best, either. Luckily for him, managers fell for his “talents” and we saw that with Jose Mourinho in Manchester United and Roberto Martinez in Belgium -who left a very good guy like Radja Nainggolan out of the last World Cup.
However, it is fair to say that Fellaini can shot good headers and we’ve seen that during his stint with the Red Devils a couple of times, but besides that, this guy doesn’t have much more to offer.
Well. it looks like the Belgian players tend to be overrated these days and another proof of that is striker Romelu Lukaku -curiously teammate of Fellaini in his club and national side-, a guy who has some reputation since his days being one of the most promising youngsters in Chelsea. Lukaku has been surrounded by a huge hype ever since his days with the Blues and that hype has maintained and even increased now that he’s in Manchester.
In the beginning, many people thought he was threatened unfairly by then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, and even though his performances with Everton were good, many fans think he’s still missing something to become a truly elite striker. However, English press and others fans praise Lukaku even though he disappears when an important match comes; he has the talent, he’s very powerful and knows how to control and move the ball with his feet, but Romelu needs something more if he wants to be considered part of the elite.
The Brazilian defender is seen a lot better than he actually is by plenty of fans around the world. David has spent his time in European football between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, being transferred for over €100 million shared between the two sides.
This center-back has shown a decent level, but he has failed to accomplish every time Chelsea has needed him. David can have one good game and the next five he can play with plenty of mistakes; he can deliver every now and then, but seeing what Chelsea has paid for him, it looks like the Blues spent a lot more of money than this player deserves.
The Italian striker was a good surprise a couple of seasons ago and his club, Torino, didn’t hesitate to put a big termination clause on his contract. Given the fact that Belotti has been linked with several clubs in Europe, that seems to be the best option right now for the Italians, but that possibility might be falling apart this season.
Unlike his breakthrough season, Belotti hasn’t been able to replicate his good seasons with Il Toro, struggling to find his old version and making bigger clubs turn their eyes to other players after seeing how poorly he has delivered this campaign. Belotti is starting to be considered a one-season wonder and if he doesn’t step up his game, he will be forgotten very fast seeing the number of good strikers there are in the old continent right now.
Angel Di Maria
Di Maria was considered a very interesting player during his days with Benfica and Real Madrid, but ever since he left Los Blancos, his career hasn’t been the best and his name hasn’t been as relevant as it used to be.
Injury prone Di Maria failed when he was part of Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United and now with Paris Saint-Germain, things don’t look like they are going to change in the near future. Angel is known right now more for his injuries than his good performances with the French multiple champions and for being really good as a counter-attacking player than one who can lead an offense throughout a whole game.
Di Maria’s name has been respected thanks to all the things he achieved with Real Madrid, but now he’s much more an average player than a superstar.