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Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard named among MLS' most overrated players

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There was an outcry when it was revealed that Andrea Pirlo was going to be leaving Juventus, fresh off appearing in the Champions League final, and moving to Major League Soccer side New York City FC.

It was the same with Steven Gerrard, albeit to a lesser extent. When it became apparent he wasn't staying at Liverpool, Gerrard could have gone anywhere in Europe. Instead, he chose the Los Angeles Galaxy.

It seems like the two might not have made the best choices, as they have both been named among the most overrated in MLS right now. That was voted on by their fellow players in the league. Ouch.

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In a poll conducted by ESPN, 123 players in the league - under the condition of anonymity - were asked a series of questions, inlcuding who they thought were the most overrated and underrated active pros in MLS.

Pirlo, Lampard and Gerrard

United States internationals Mix Diskerud and Jozy Altidore took first and second spot, respectively, and then came the big names. Diskerud's teammates Pirlo and Frank Lampard were third and fourth on the list, with Gerrard coming in fifth. 

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Considering Gerrard is being paid $6million a season by the Galaxy and the duo of Pirlo and Lampard are setting New York City FC back a combined $8.3million, you really have to wonder if any of the teams are getting value for money. 

Both Gerrard and Lampard have struggled with injury problems since moving to North America - Lampard has yet to play at all this season - and Pirlo can barely run anymore, with the midfielders either side of him having to pick up the slack.

He Can't Move

One anoymous player actually commented on Pirlo being overrated, saying that the Italian is the type of player that Major League Soccer sides should be avoiding completely.

"Pirlo. The league needs to get away from guys who are 34-years-old and can't move because the league is really athletic and the quality of play isn't as bad as they think it is," the player said, before really laying into the ageing playmaker.

"You look at Pirlo and it's like 'You can't move, so why am I going to sit and let you pass?' I'm just going to hit you and run for a full 90 minutes."

No Real Influence

In all honesty, watching Pirlo play this season - in Patrick Vieira's first season of management - it is clear to see that he is a weak link in the NYCFC team that has four points from their opening three games. 

Gerrard's case is a little different. With so much talent around him, the man with over 100 England caps can afford to coast a bit in the Galaxy midfield. But, is coasting what you want from one of the most expensive players in the league? 

It's a debate that needs to be had, and it looks like there are quite a few players in MLS who want to have it.

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