There’s no doubt you can find a lot of money in professional football. However having all that cash doesn’t guarantee that teams, or fans, get what they want. Here are some of the most famous cases of overpriced players not meeting their price tag expectations.
Troy Deeney’s £65,000 Paycheck With Watford
The forward showed a lot of promise in the beginning but has slowed down his performance, even having some conflict with the club and managers over safety measures taken recently, he made onto Sportsbet news on football where you can read the full story.
While Deeney doesn’t even come close to the highest salaries in football, he’s still not making the kind of plays he was expected to be and has left his team and fans wanting a lot more from him.
Angel Di María’s €75 Million Transfer To Manchester United
No one can say that Angel Di María isn’t an explosive, classy player; he has incredible skills with the ball, can create plays and even score.
When Man United bought him, he was coming from winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, and acquiring him, took a record-breaking figure for the English team. The Red Devils thought their €75 million would get them a life-changing player, but Di María didn’t quite reach that level of play.
Angel Di María is one of the most talented players out there; he just didn’t perform the way Manchester United expected or paid for.
Kaka’s €65 Million Move From Milan To Madrid
It doesn’t seem right to have Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite “Kaka” in any negative football list. The Brazilian player has won almost every title you can win and is one of the best of his generation.
An elegant midfielder, he was the last player to win the Ballon d’Or before Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s reign began, so why is he on this list?
He was the world’s most expensive football player when Real Madrid bought him in 2009, but it soon became evident that he was not what he used to be. Injuries slowed him down his first two years with the merengues, and he never performed at the level expected from him.
Kaka was eventually sold back to Milan in 2014, with a loss of around €45.5 million for Real Madrid, one of the highest of all time.
Robinho Goes Manchester City For €43 Million
The organisation that managed Manchester City’s transfers at the time, known as the Abu Dhabi United Group, decided to get this player on the last day of summer exchanges in 2008, leaving the club with only hours to announce its intention before the shopping window closed.
Manchester City was backed then by the wealth of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the team was on the hunt for a well-known football name. They settled on the Real Madrid player; who at the moment seemed to be heading to Chelsea FC but was coaxed out of the deal by the exorbitant offer from Manchester City.
Like so many other cases; it wasn’t that Robinho played horrible he just didn’t perform in a way that would justify his €43 million transfer fee. Just another example of a team chasing glory and recognition in the wrong ways.
Antoine Griezmann €120 Million Trip To Barcelona
Griezmann’s transfer was the subject of considerable speculation, as the start player for Atletico de Madrid, he had even rejected offers the year before his transfer in a show of loyalty to his club, but €120 Million took care of that in the end.
The forward’s performance has had its ups and downs, taking into consideration that Barcelona is not in its best shape; he still can’t justify the €120 million spent on him, and rumour has it he’s looking for a new club. A disappointing turn for such a young star, but luckily he has time to rectify his path.
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