In football, as in other sports, there are cases of players who grow very fast, in terms of football, in their first years in the elite, but who later stop their progression in their tracks. The illusions placed on them fade and many come to occupy the long list of eternal promises of world football . Factors such as major injuries, not knowing how to adapt to a new league or poor professional career management, make many footballers go into the background once they achieve success, a very short-lived success.
In this post some world players are compiled who aimed for ball stars, but who nevertheless for various reasons did not know how to stay in the elite and at the highest level . Take a look at the list because you will surely remember many of them:
Bojan Krick is one of the promises of Spanish football that has diminished over the seasons. The forward with only 16 years already saw the door with the first team of FC Barcelona in the League of the Spanish First Division. From the hand of the then Barça coach, Rijkaard, the young attacker had a brutal outbreak in elite football, forming in the lead of that Barça that won Leagues and Champions . In total, he played 163 official matches with the first team, since leaving the youth team to play with the seniors.
With the arrival of Guardiola, the player of Serbian origin began to have fewer minutes under his belt and finally decided to try his luck in the Italian league, specifically in Roma. Milan, Ajax, Stoke, Maink 05 and lastly Deportivo Alavés have been the clubs that have had Bojan in their squad. In none of them did he manage to stand out as he did when he was still less of age at Barcelona. A promise that did not finish curdling .
The Cantabrian player arrived at Real Madrid after a great season of exhibitions with Racing de Santander. He arrived in the capital of Spain in the 2000 season. He ended up wearing the white coat for 2 years, although he was never a fixture in the line-ups. The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium weighed too much for the skilled attacker who, on the contrary, appears as one of the most important players who have worn the Racing de Santander shirt.
Pedro León is a player who arrives at Real Madrid in the 2010-11 season , Mourinho’s first at Real Madrid. The Murcian player came to stand out in his previous clubs such as Real Valladolid and Getafe. High quality player with an exquisite hitting. His qualities caught the attention of the greats . However, his bad relationship with the Portuguese coach prevented him from showing his level at the Bernabéu and it only took him a season to pack his bags for Getafe.
High-quality midfielder who dazzled the national scene in his first season with Racing Santander when he was 17 years old . Valuable performances and goals in important fields led Real Madrid to set its eyes on the young Cantabrian player.
After signing for Mourinho’s Real Madrid, he only played one season at the white club. The following season he went on loan to another great club like Valencia. However, October 23, 2011 meant a before and after in Canales’ sports career. A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Athletic Club would take him off the pitch for a long season. By means, some relapses and signings for clubs of level in Spain but of a lower status than Madrid or Barcelona. A very talented player, but also severely injured by serious injuries.
Royston Drenthe is one of those cases of young players who arrive at a great club and fail to measure up. The young Dutch player joined the Real Madrid squad in 2007 as a footballer with a great future, but at the first change saw his career go from more to less.
His speed and overflow on the left wing caught the attention of the white club that would sign him for an amount of 14 million euros . His arrival caused great expectation in the fans and even the president of Madrid at that time, Ramón Calderón, saw in him a future world star . After a lower level than expected, the Bernabéu took it with the player to the point that the Dutchman asked not to play as a starter in home games.
The winger later played in Hercules and Everton, among others. And in all its stages it had a common denominator: fights with the technicians, fines for indiscipline , etc. A player who did not go unnoticed both on and off the pitch.