10 Most disappointing careers in football History

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1) Adriano

The tall striker was blessed with incredible control and dribbling skills, which when added to his powerful left foot, often left defenders and goalkeepers in shambles.

Sadly , His career declined after the demise of his father with weight issues and loan spells.

2) Adel Taarabt

Taarabt’s ability had never been in question,blessed with dribbling skills.

However, the fact that QPR were happy to let the him move to Benfica by releasing him showed how much he had fallen from his early days and how much he has wasted his undoubted ability.

3) Greenwood


A bright and shining star who had just started out a wonderful career.

He made his debut from the youth team and was scoring important and decisive goals with his powerful foot but his career came to a halt after his rape allegations.

4) Balotelli


Very talented but managers of the calibre of Jose Mourinho, Roberto Mancini and Cesare Prandelli have tried but failed to harness Balotelli’s skills.


Steven Gerrard even went so far as to say that he was a ‘spectacular waste of talent’,

5) Quaresma


He was the only Portuguese youngster shining the same time Ronaldo was rocking the world but his selfish play didn’t help his career as it displeased many managers including Jose Mourinho which led to massive decline for his promising career.

6) Adam Johnson


Adam Johnson was the talk of the town when he left Middlesbrough for Manchester City in 2010.

Rumours have it that his form in the club dipped due to a massive party life style and even worsened when he moved to Sunderland.

7) Antonio Cassano


His style of play was just breathtaking but his famous Italian temper also prevented him from ever reaching the heights of world football as he had clashes with Totti and his coach and Roma.

He moved to other clubs including Real Madrid but wasn’t effective.

8) Anderson


He came to United with huge promise, winning the Golden Ball in the FIFA U-17 World Cups, and then claimed the Golden Boy award for the most promising youngster in 2008.


His inconsistencies cost him his place at Manchester United and other clubs after he left.

(9 Mario Gotze


Mario Götze’s FIFA World Cup-winning goal for Germany in 2014 was the summit of a career whose first steps were taken at Borussia Dortmund saw a decline when he moved to Bayern Munich as his fellow teammates voted him the worst player in the club in 2020

10) Dele Alli

He had a good career going on at Tottenham as he won the youngest player awards for two seasons and was a key man for pochettino but sadly, 4 years after, He became a shadow of himself.
Mourinho complained about his commitment to development which grew worse when he moved to Besi.

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