5 forgotten players from highly successful teams
Football is a team game, but sometimes fans tend to forget that and concentrate so much on certain superstars that we lose track of all the good work done by other players. We tend to rate players based on numbers like goals, assists, tackles and saves. At the end of the day, football is all about all that, but there are lot of players whose contributions are overlooked because of the obsession with numbers. This is why a Paolo Maldini never won a Ballon d'Or despite being one of the greatest players ever.These players are overshadowed by their own flamboyant teammates as these players may not in the be in the news 24x7. The importance of such players might be recognised only by his own teammates, managers and some of the club’s fans. But in the eyes of the general public he might just be another player who is there to make up the team.We look at five players whose performances went unnoticed in the eyes of the general audience.
#1 Park Ji Sung - Manchester United
When the Korean moved from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United, critics rubbished the transfer as a marketing gimmick. But 'Three-lung' Park went on to become Sir Alex Ferguson's most trusted soldier and he played regularly in the big games.
His discipline, stamina and dedication were such that even opponents like Andrea Pirlo struggled. Even though back home in Korea he is considered as a demi god, many consider him as one of the less important players of the Manchester United side that dominated English football during the 2007-2011 period. He was always in the shadow of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.
His stats of 25 goals from 207 matches does not make for good reading as well. Instead, to understand his importance, you just need to watch the 2007/08 Champions League semi-final when Manchester United faced off against Barcelona. Paul Scholes may have won them the tie with an absolute screamer but Park never gave even an inch to Xavi or Andres Iniesta as he literally ran himself to the ground to ensure the Red Devils’ passage to the final.
He may not be most gifted players Asia has ever produced yet, but he surely has to be the most important one. He has won four Premier League titles and a Champions League winners medal. In addition to that he has played in two Champions League finals as well, no other Asian has ever accomplished that and does not look like doing so in the near future.