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World XI: Most overrated players

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They earn more in a year than most do in a lifetime, and often only work two hours a day. The life of a footballer is undoubtedly an easy one, but sometimes they aren't even particularly skilled at what little work they have to get through. 

Here are the most overrated players in each position from around the world:

GK: Pepe Reina

Perhaps a few seasons ago Napoli's new acquisition wouldn't have made this list, but Victor Valdes has so long been the 'overrated goalkeeper of all time' that expectations of him are about as low as they could possibly be. 

Not only that, but the significant downturn in the form of the Spaniard in the last campaign was enough to earn him a leave of absence from Anfield for this upcoming season.

LB: Marcelo

Supposedly the best left-back in the world at the moment (FIFA certainly seem to think so), the Brazilian certainly has plenty to offer in attack. 

Much like many other full-backs, though, his defending is questionable, and that is not good enough for the best in his position in the world. Surely someone like Leighton Baines is more deserving of international acclaim?

CB: Ryan Shawcross

Seen by many as a defensive enforcer, incapable of mistakes or lapses in concentration, Shawcross' last season with Stoke left a lot to be desired. 

The Potters' post-Christmas hangover that lasted all the way until May was compounded by, at times, a seemingly absent defence. 

Only two years ago he was valued by his club at £18 million, and although that is dwarfed by the valuation of fellow disappointment Nemanja Vidic, Shawcross cannot hide behind a long list of injury lay-offs.

CB: Gerard Pique

Barcelona haven't been the same since Pep Guardiola left in 2012, a fall from grace typified by Gerard Pique. 

Although valued as one of the most expensive centre-backs in the world, Barcelona's complete annihilation at the hands of Bayern Munich exposed the weakness of their two central defenders. 

Perhaps it was to be expected of the ageing Puyol, but Pique has been a big let-down.

RB: Maicon

Heralded as the answer to Manchester City's defensive issues upon his arrival at the Etihad last summer, Maicon turned out to be one of the biggest transfer flops of all time. 

There is no doubting that he has talent after his time at Inter Milan, but after making just 10 appearances in a very poor season, Maicon left for Roma, but not before his reputation as a world-beater was left in tatters.

LM: Franck Ribery

Although some say he is still one of the best in the world, the 30-year-old Frenchman is certainly past his peak. 

As a world-beater, his record of just under one goal every three games is slightly disappointing even for a winger, and he was thoroughly outshone by teammate Arjen Robben throughout last season's European campaign. It really is ridiculous that he is rated by some as the third best player in the world in 2013.

CM: Gareth Barry

Despite the fact that Gareth Barry is skilled at close to nothing in football, he still remains a part of the Manchester City squad on an astronomical wage, and has clocked up a huge 53 caps for England. 

His main quality is supposed to be his defensive abilities, but in the modern game one attribute is not enough to justify playing at the highest level, and even this looks a bit shaky from time to time. Perhaps the career of this England stalwart should be put out of its misery.

CM: Sergio Busquets

Another defensive-minded player on this list, Sergio Busquets is only 25 years old but has already won every major trophy possible with his current club. How, I hear you ask, can he be eligible for this list? 

Well, there is no doubt that the teams he has played in have been fantastic, but there is very little he adds to the game. Sure, he adds some midfield muscle, but that shouldn't warrant him four La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues, a European Championship and a World Cup.

RM: Antonio Valencia

During his time at Wigan and those early heady days at United, Valencia was considered one of the best right midfielders in the Premier League. 

After a prolonged period of inaction, though, he has fallen out of favour with fans and media alike. 

Despite signing for the Red Devils for a fee rumoured to be £16 million, he has only scored 5 league goals in his most prolific season, which seems like something of a poor return, and make him a definite candidate for this list.

ST: Wayne Rooney

Once hailed as one of the greatest young prospects in world football, Wayne Rooney is certainly not the lowest achiever found on this list, but take a second to look at his statistics. 

In all his time at Manchester United, only two seasons have yielded 20+ league goals, and he has never hit 30. Even Kevin Phillips managed to score 30 league goals in a season, but no-one claims that Phillips is the superior player. 

I'm not saying he's a bad player, but he's definitely not one of the best in the world.

ST: Dario Conca

The surprise of this list is the little-known Dario Conca, who plays for Chinese Super League side Guanghzhou Evergrande. 

While he has not been unsuccessful (scoring 27 in 57 games and helping his side to two consecutive league titles) Conca most certainly deserves to be on this list for his wage. 

He earns a reported $12.5 million per year, putting him firmly in the top 10 earning footballers in the world, despite never being capped for his native Argentina. 

 

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Gareth Barry
Valencia
Gerard Pique
La Liga
Jose Reina
Ryan Shawcross
Premier League
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Franck Ribery
Antonio Valencia
Bundesliga
Wayne Rooney

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