In some cases, it's a genuine mystery how a player earns such a high reputation.
Usually this is because the player in question was a talented youngster, or enjoyed a particularly good season, and from then on they are considered among the best players in the world.
But whenever you watch them play they flatter to deceive and fail to shine in the big matches.
This happens even more so with players at top European clubs who big things are expected of before a major international tournament.
These are the world's overrated players – and here are the top five…