Some players in Europe are successful, but their reputations far exceed their actual footballing talent.
Here are Europe's most overrated players:
4. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid
Although Cristiano Ronaldo may be the best player on this list, some proclaim that the Portuguese forward is one of the best players in history, which is a gross over-statement. He isn’t even the best Portuguese player in recent years, with Luis Figo and Manuel Rui Costa being much more viable candidates for that title.
Ronaldo is known for diving too much and not getting punished for it. He may score around 50 goals a season, but when you compare his stats to players that manage about 30 goals, they are statistically more lethal in front of goal. The comparisons with Lionel Messi also seem to be unjust, as the little Argentine is the best of his generation by a long way - though he is also a little overrated.
3. Juan Quintero | Pescara
Quintero is only 19, and has great potential, and although he had a great 2013 South American Youth Championship, he is yet to prove himself in Serie A. Italian leagues are usually known as the sturdiest defensively and it usually takes a while for players to get used to it, and one or two good performances for Percara are not worth his reputation as one of the best young players in the world.
2. Mats Hummels | Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund may have had a very good season, sitting comfortably in second place in the Bundesliga and set for the Champions League final in May, but their brilliant attack has patched up for their shaky defence.
Hummels has the highest defensive header clearances in Europe, but when it comes to one-on-one situations, he leaves a lot to be desired. Also as seen against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, he, and the whole Dortmund defence, often look rigid and leave huge gaps. Although he is not a bad defender, he is far from the best in the world and isn’t as talented as Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus or Dante of Bayern Munich.
1. David Beckham | Paris Saint-Germain
David Beckham has been a familiar name to football fans for around 15 years now, and how he has played for a host of top clubs and some of the best players to ever grace a football field is a mystery. Other than being a free-kick specialist, the English midfielder is devoid of any real footballing talent, but is still held in the same esteem of that of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi by many English football fans.
The fact that he is seen as England’s best midfielder over the past 20 years is also a disgrace, as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were much better in their prime. 97 career goals in 20 years summarises his worth, while Lampard recently scored his 200th Chelsea goal - he has proved to be an important figure for Chelsea when driving the team forward, and also a potent goalscoring threat.
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