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5 of the most underrated players in world football

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Chelsea FC v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League
Will he be able to prove his real worth this time around?

Some people have an ideology that football is all about Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and such. They don't even notice the players who put in back-breaking performances to make this beautiful game a treat. It doesn't mean that those high profiled players and their contributions need to be ignored, but rather that football is not all about goals.

As a general rule of thumb, the players who take all the plaudits in successful title-winning teams are the ones who score the most goals or provide fans with excitement with a series of eye-catching displays.

However, there are players who crawl under the radar with their less obvious qualities and their important contributions without which their clubs would not have tasted success as much.

Here's a look at 5 such underrated players whose contributions remain hidden behind the more flashy performers:

#5 Esteban Cambiasso

Arsenal FC v Olympiacos FC - UEFA Champions League
His spell at Inter coincided with that of players like Zanetti, Materazzi etc

Cambiasso's entry into the star-studded Inter side was a bit questionable in the beginning but his performances were in no way inferior to the big-names in that squad.

Names like those of Javier Zanetti, Marco Materazzi, Snijder, Lucio, Quaresma hung over him like an eclipse and his bright talents failed to get exposure due to the thick hue produced by these dazzling names.

Cambiasso was part of the treble-winning squad under Mourinho in 2009/10 season at Inter Milan.

He was a complete defensive midfielder, with huge potential packed tight in his boots. He had the ability to make decisive passes and dictate the game and at the same time stifle the opposition's surges. He also played a vital role in five Serie A titles for Inter.


His efforts during his year at Leicester in 2014/15 didn't go unnoticed however, and he picked up the club's Player of the Year award before moving on to Olympiacos. Perhaps he was the one who instilled a winning mentality in the Foxes' dressing room, spurring them on in their incredible league winning campaign the following year. 

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