To become one of the top footballers in the world, it is necessary to have talent, attitude and luck. In many cases, players gifted with surreal raw talent have failed to live up to expectations, because they lacked one, if not both, of the latter pair.
While attitude solely depends on the player in being professional enough and working hard, luck is usually out of reach. Injuries, or the wrong moves, have often been the reasons why a player has failed to reach the next level.
Here are 10 extremely talented footballers who never really fulfilled their potential.
#10 - Juan Roman Riquelme:
In Argentina, Riquelme is considered a footballing genius and one of the best players to have ever graced a football pitch. He is an idol for Boca Juniors fans, having helped them win three Copa Libertadores titles.
In Europe, however, the opinions around him are divided, as he never really managed to cement himself among the best, despite having an excellent 2005-2006 season where he led Villarreal to the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League.