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5 players who made the best of their limited abilities on the pitch

Modified 10 Apr 2016, 17:39 IST
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In any game the skill levels of the athletes vary and that is often why a lot of money is spent to capture the services of the best in the business. Some players, irrespective of the sport, are naturally gifted. The way they play makes it seem like they were god sent to play that particular sport because there is a certain flamboyance and sophistication in the way they play.

On the opposite side of the spectrum are players who may not give the best first impressions. Their game may not be easy on the eye, nor are they usually gifted with exceptional abilities that can awe the crowd.

However, their hardworking mentality, their determination, their passion and their resilience have made them successful in the field. So here are five footballers who were not the most gifted of players, but found success nevertheless.

Emile Heskey

The former England international was once Liverpool’s record signing when he made a switch from Leicester City. Heskey was not like the forwards we see today with exceptional ball control or a burst of pace. He had an unorthodox style, but it was efficient nonetheless. However, many modern day fans know Heskey as an internet sensation.

Heskey was never a prolific scorer throughout his career. The most goals he scored in a league campaign and in a season was back in 2000-01, when he scored 14 in the Premier League and 22 overall for Liverpool as the Merseyside outfit finished as UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup winners.

Despite his low tally of goals, he was praised for his unselfish nature which allowed other players to score. One of his best attributes was his strength and he was able to hold up the play efficiently and bring other players into the picture. Though this often diminished his chances of getting on the scorecard, he always put the team first.

His hardworking nature often got him plenty of support from the fans and for a player who has been the subject of a lot of jokes and criticism, Heskey has certainly done well during his playing career.

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Published 10 Apr 2016, 17:27 IST
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