Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. So many kids around the globe dream of making it to the very top and playing for the biggest clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, and Juventus. However, only a few will ever make it to an elite level and many faded away after bright starts.
Getting there is only half the battle. When these athletes do, they have to maintain the same levels of skill and motivation. Sometimes players gamble on a move to a big club. In short, they see it as a pathway to glory and financial security. But it doesn’t always work out that way.
Today, we’re going to look at 40 players who reached the top and fell away. Some got injured and were never able to reach their full potential. Others got old and their careers just fizzled out. Then there are those who just weren’t able to cope with the pressures of an elite club. Check out the list below via 888 Sport.
40. Alex Song
Hailing from Cameroon, Song established himself as one of Arsenal’s most reliable players in 2008. It had taken him a couple of seasons to earn a first-team place but he became one of the best defensive midfielders in the league. Then after three brilliant seasons for the Gunners, Barcelona swooped him. This turned out to be a defining moment for his career, but not in a good way.
He couldn’t resist the lure of the Catalan giants, who signed him for his versatility. But he never became a guaranteed starter at the Camp Nou and ended up on loan at West Ham for a couple of seasons. However, his form deteriorated and before he knew it he was in Russia. After a couple of seasons with Rubin Kazan, he faded away with the likes of Swiss team Sion. Song never recaptured his Arsenal brilliance.