5 of the most overrated players of the last 5 decades

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Mario Balotelli is nowhere near as good as he was believed to be

The word overrated is perhaps one of the most commonly used words in sports. If any said player is not performing at a level that is accepted by some fans, that player is labelled as overrated while other fans would have contrary opinions.

It is no different in football either as some who are regarded as being among the best players of all time are also often regarded as overrated.

You might have read a lot of articles on the most overrated players ever, but this one is slightly different.

Here, we look at players decade-wise and choose the most overrated player of the said decade. So here are the 5 most overrated players in each of the last five decades…

#5 Mario Balotelli (2010-present)

When Mario Balotelli hit the scene, he was rated as the best Italian talent in the world, he was that talented. Playing for Inter Milan, he was actually used sparsely by Jose Mourinho—which in itself is a big thing given that Mourinho was not someone who relies on youngsters.

However, even at that age, Balotelli had a temperament that didn’t go down well with anyone. Indeed, a glimpse of it could have been seen in Inter’s win 3-1 against Barcelona at the San Siro. After the game concluded, the striker threw his shirt on the ground and left the pitch.

He eventually left Inter for Manchester City, where he had a very erratic time. After that, he joined AC Milan and Liverpool—a host of top clubs—but could never really make it big at any of them. For someone who was regarded as a special talent even during his Manchester City days, this was somewhat disappointing.

He plies his trade in Nice right now, where he is doing decently. Perhaps that’s where his levels truly lie.

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Edited by Omene Osuya
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