Football is a game of opinions, and everyone has their own views as to which players are under or overrated.

However, there are some clearly under-performing players in the world and here's an XI of them all in one team:

Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina | Liverpool

Kicking us off straight at the back is Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Pepe Reina. The 30 year old Spaniard was once considered one of the world’s best keepers to date. But that surely fled the headlines as this 'keeper is inconsistent throughout the big games and rarely turns up with a match-winning performance. He goes straight into the No. 1 position.

Right-back: Dani Alves | Barcelona

Dani Alves is one of the most overrated players in the current footballing world. Yes, he plays consistently for Barcelona and dominates that position - but really? He can't defend well at all.

He tries to join the attack far too much leaving a gaping hole at the back of defence and for the majority of matches he's playing as a right winger. 

He rarely provides anything brilliant for the La Liga giants - and for those reasons stated, he slots in at the right-back position.

Centre-back: Gerard Pique | Barcelona

Gerard Pique, 26, makes the list of overrated footballers purely because he hasn't lived up to his 'hype' of being one of the best young defenders in the world.

In the defeat to Bayern Munich - over both legs - Pique under-performed and was a factor of costing the game towards his fellow comrades. 

Centre-back: Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal

An absolutely torrid season for Thomas Vermaelen. He, again, was a promising young defender but since missing the 2011/12 campaign has suffered a loss in confidence and it can be seen on the pitch.

He has recently lost his placed to Laurent Koscielny, and the Arsenal skipper needs a fresh new start in the forthcoming season to get the critics back on his side.

Left-back: Patrice Evra | Manchester United

The Manchester United skipper makes this list for many of the same reasons as Dani Alves. Yes, he is has lead the Red Devils to a league title this season, but his height and lack of strength makes this left-back an easy target for opposing wingers. 

Just like Dani Alves, when he attacks he leaves gaping holes for the wingers to exploit and create an easy counter-attacking opportunity.

Left-wing: Nani | Manchester United

Nani, 26, has been left out of the starting XI for Manchester United this last season and I can see why as he hasn't had the most exuberant of games. He was deemed as the left winger who was going to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo. However, he has done the complete opposite of that, and has even had to make Sir Alex Ferguson buy a replacement in the form of Ashley Young.

I think that Nani's ambitions were far too high and have been for the past two years. He needs a peg down in the ego section. 

Centre-midfielder: Luka Modric | Real Madrid

This playmaker who lit up the Premier League back in the 2011/12 season clearly hasn't found the heights after his £30m move from Tottenham to Real Madrid. 

Modric rarely offers anything to the team and has seen his name on the substitutes list more times than for the starting XI. Falling behind, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso, Modric must feel that he has lost his sparkle.

Centre-midfielder: Nuri Sahin | Borussia Dortmund

After jumping around Europe for the past two years, midfielder Nuri Sahin has finally made up his mind to re-join Borussia Dortmund in a hope to gain regular football. As Real Madrid bought him back in 2011 there was a lot of hype around the youngster who can bring a great deal of composure and vision towards the game. 

However, that hype soon lived down as he's had horrible playing careers at Real Madrid and Liverpool on loan and at that point didn't even get started to play for. Being fed up of irregular first-team football, he decided to rejoin his old club.

Right-wing: Arjen Robben | Bayern Munich

Robben couldn't live up to the same standards he reached at the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid. When at Chelsea, Arjen Robben was one of the best and most talented wingers there was in present date. However, with the big-money moves to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, he has lost his touch and isn't on great terms with the fans at Bayern. 

His perception of the beautiful game is for him to sprint down the right flank, cut back inside and shoot. There is no team play for Arjen anymore - or was there at all? He is one of the most selfish players out there and has - especially this season - lost his touch and vision of the game. 

Striker: Edin Dzeko | Manchester City

Transferring over to Manchester City in early 2011 for a fee of £27m, Edin Dzeko hasn't done anything outrageously beneficial for Manchester City. He has mostly been over-shadowed by the likes of Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero. Even as Balotelli moved on from Manchester City, Dzeko this year hasn't made a real impact of maintaining his first team position on a regular basis.

He may have scored a goal against QPR that lead them onto winning the Premier League title, but apart from that Dzeko's career at Manchester City so far has been anything but illustrious.

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor | Tottenham Hotspur

Apart from a stellar 2007/08 season with Arsenal during which he amassed 30 goals, the Togolese striker has failed to sufficiently take world football by storm. Occasionally blighted with attitude and ego problems, Adebyor is inconsistent and majority of the time, lazy.

 

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