Football is a game of opinions.
And while there’s very little live football to talk about, fans and pundits alike have been giving their opinions on just about everything to keep themselves busy.
Fans are creating Twitter threads attempting to prove a certain theory. Meanwhile, fans have been comparing certain players past and present.
For some reason, the age-long argument between Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes seems to be more debated than ever before in England right now.
That was only exacerbated by former footballer Curtis Woodhouse questioning Scholes’ ability before launching an attack on his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs.
On the back of that, Planet Football decided to stick their neck on the line by naming ‘Ten of the most overrated footballers of all time.’
Let’s see who they went for:
10 | Hulk
He may have played 47 times for Brazil scoring 11 goals but Hulk wasn’t so incredible.
There’s a reason his European club career only included spells at Porto and Zenit, while he’s spent the last four seasons in China.
9 | Hidetoshi Nakata
Considered one of the greatest players in Japanese history and he will always be remembered for his role in helping Roma win the title in 2001.
However, he was never really a regular for any of the sides he played for at the peak of his career. He failed to play more than 15 league matches during each of his two seasons at Roma, while he was in-and-out of average Parma and Fiorentina sides.
8 | Paul Scholes
Oh, here we go.
Despite the countless quotes calling Scholes an incredible player and his ridiculous trophy cabinet, there must have been a reason he never won Player of the Year at Manchester United, was only voted twice in the PFA Team of the Year and had to make do with a place on the left for England…
7 | Neymar
Joey Barton called him a “YouTube player” which is incredibly harsh considering his goalscoring record.
But will the most expensive player in the world ever fulfil his talent and be the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne?
The 28-year-old is running out of time.
6 | Philippe Coutinho
His 54 goals in 201 appearances for Liverpool made him an £8.5 million mega bargain.
But ever since his big-money move to Barcelona, Coutinho has struggled. He lacked confidence at the Camp Nou and won’t be offered a permanent move at Bayern Munich.
His career is at a crossroads.
5 | Georgi Kinkladze
Kinkladze is less overrated and more of a common misconception. The Georgian played just one season in the Premier League for Manchester City, scoring four goals as City were relegated.
In his three Premier League campaigns for Derby, Kinkladze scored one solitary goal in each of them before also getting relegated with them.
A cult hero but perhaps not quite as good as fans think.
4 | Claude Makelele
Makelele was so good that he has a midfield role named after him. Is he the greatest defensive midfielder ever and worthy of the title? Probably not.
3 | Roberto Carlos
Scorer of some incredible goals but the Brazilian legend was more of a winger than a defender. Just ask Roy Hodgson who tried to transform him into a winger – something that didn’t go down well with Carlos.
2 | David Ginola
Ginola was an entertainer and he even claimed the PFA Player of the Year award for his performances in the 1998/99 season. However, during his eight seasons in England’s top flight, the Frenchman managed just 22 goals – with six goals in the 1997/98 season being his best tally.
1 | Pele
Some say Pele is the greatest player of all time. But some believe his greatness has been exaggerated somewhat.
The only player to win three World Cups but was injured for most of the 1962 World Cup and wasn’t even Brazil’s star in 1958 or 1970.
Then there are his questionable 1281 career goals which includes international tours and for Brazilian armed forces teams during his national service.
At club level, Pele played pretty much his entire career in Brazil with Santos before a stint in America with New York Cosmos.