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Top five: Over-rated players in world football

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Though entirely subjective, rating the most over-rated players in football is a regular discussion between football fans.

Be it a big-money no-show, or a Premier League flop, countless players around Europe can be claimed as over-rated.

However, here are the five most over-rated players in football.

5. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

As arguably England’s only world-class player, it may seem odd to describe the extremely talented striker as over-rated.

But would we regard a player of his talents as highly if he wasn't English? The answer is no.

Despite some stunning goals, stand-out performance and the countless trophies he won under Alex Ferguson, the 28 year old doesn’t justify his hype.

With less world-cup goals than Emile Heskey (none), and only two seasons in the Premier League where he has scored over 20 goals, Rooney is not in the same league as the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Man United team-mate Robin Van Persie.

4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

The 25-year-old French striker is one of only two recognized centre-forwards at the Bernabeu and perhaps that is why Los Blancos have been linked with Liverpool’s Uruguayan attacker Luis Suarez.

While no doubt a dangerous striker, the form of the ex-Lyon man has been frustrating for club and country.

The main problem is - for a centre forward of his reputation - he just doesn’t get enough goals.

In all 11 matches for France during the 2012/13 season he failed to find the net and while a ratio of just under one goal in every two games for Madrid isn’t bad, it’s hardly brilliant either.

3. Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Having won just about everything there is to win at Barcelona - with five La-Liga titles and three Champions League trophies - as well as being part of the Spanish squad that won consecutive European Championships and a World Cup in between, Valdes is one of the most successful keepers of all time.

And yet, when you watch him, you get the impression that he is a good 'keeper at best.

A 'keeper’s job is made much easier when they have 10 of the best players in front of them, in a team that dominates possession.

Occasionally prone to errors, and with woeful kicking, the achievements of Valdes, 31, hide the fact that he is not one of the world’s best keepers.


2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

While no-one is doubting that the world’s most expensive player is a superb footballer, Bale isn’t nearly as good as team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

With just one superb season under his belt at White Hart ( the only season he scored over 10 league goals for Tottenham) and not a trophy to his name, his transfer fee cannot be justified for footballing reasons alone.

He has the potential to be one of the worlds very, very best players but until he has replicated last season’s form consistently, he can’t be considered one of them just yet.


1. Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg)

The most over-rated player in world football.

Perhaps his reputation as a world-class attacker stems from the fact his power, pace and long shots made him a very good player on FIFA, but in the real world he has done little to justify that status - or his £40 million price tag.

The stocky Brazilian has never plied his trade in one of the top leagues in Europe, nor has he excelled on the international stage, with just six goals for his native Brazil.

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