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The 10 most overhyped footballers of all time

Scott Newman
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Like in any sport, one of the most fun aspects of football is trying to identify the best prospects for future stardom. Players who went on to greatness like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney were all pegged to pull off tremendous feats before they even made their way into their respective senior sides.

What happens when the predictions go wrong, though? We’ve seen time after time that some young players simply get too much hype around them and fail to live up to expectations. Whether it’s down to misuse by their club, or a lack of application on the behalf of the player, here are ten of the most overhyped players of all time.

#1 – Ravel Morrison

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Alex Ferguson considered Ravel Morrison one of the most talented players he'd ever seen

Produced by the same Manchester United youth side that contained Paul Pogba, Morrison was said by Sir Alex Ferguson to be one of the most talented players he’d ever seen – far better than the future holder of the world transfer record in fact. But despite flashes of brilliance, Morrison’s career seems to have already flamed out at the age of just 24.

Personal issues – largely the fact that he fell in with the wrong crowd during his time in Manchester – drove him away from United and to West Ham, but despite some great moments at Upton Park he simply couldn’t settle, being accused of then-Hammers boss Sam Allardyce of having serious issues with his commitment and discipline.

Since then he’s floated around from club to club, never really settling nor threatening to live up to the massive potential he showed as a youngster at Old Trafford. Had he met the expectations, he could well have been looking at leading England into the 2018 World Cup and starring for United right now. As it is, he remains all hype and no substance, a casualty of his own questionable lifestyle.

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