Down the years, there have been many great players who have carved a legacy for themselves as true club legends. Unfortunately, there’s even more that don’t even remotely deserve the position that has been thrust upon them by fans and the media. Horrendous stuff. These are truly the worst of the worst.
Now, whilst some of these lot are decent footballers, and some of them are even greats, that doesn’t mean they’ve reached that top level. No no. Hopefully this list will prove to be a big fat reality check and show you that not everyone can be called a legend.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)
Beating plumbers and part-time footballers week in and week out does not make you a legend. Image Source: Twitter
Adriano (Inter Milan)
Everyone looks back fondly on Adriano, as he was a big star during many people's childhoods. Unfortunately, the sad truth of the matter is that the guy was never able to maintain his momentum. When hitting a ball the now-34-year-old could damn near kill a man, but the amount of adulation he gets for his Inter Milan days aren't warranted. Not even close. Image Source: Twitter
Carlos Valderrama (Deportivo Cali)
Carlos Valderrama is known for his occasional slick skills and barnet that makes the guy look like a lion, with his longest tenure coming for Deportivo Cali. The only problem is that good old Carlos actually wasn't that great of a player, so this legendary status he has is pretty much down to the hair on his head. Image Source: Twitter
Nicolas Anelka (Bolton)
The definition of a mercenary - step right up, Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchman once stated his intention to play for every club in the world, and by god did the bloke try his hardest. During his tenure at Bolton many fans lauded him as one of their best players in recent times, and he even declared his loyalty to the club - before leaving just months later. Image Source: Twitter
Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
As a great man once said - one good day out of 365 does not make a champion. Florent Malouda had a phenomenal season for Chelsea back when they won the title, but that's it. That is quite literally it. So many fans were upset when he left, but why? Image Source: Twitter
David Ginola (Tottenham)
Let's all bask in the glory of Tottenham Hotspur legend David Ginola - or how about we don't. Another victim of the dreaded 'we love his hair more than him' syndrome. On his day Ginola could do some wonderful things on the pitch. But that day didn't come often enough. A good player, yes, but a great player? Not on your life. Image Source: Twitter
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
A controversial one to many, but Wayne Rooney has not fully lived up to the potential that everyone saw in his teenage days. That's just a fact. It's hard for some people to swallow, but swallow it you must. Image Source: Twitter
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos has been blessed with being able to play alongside some of the world's top footballers at Real Madrid - and they've done a great job of disguising the defender's many weaknesses. His tendency to launch into challenges is well noted, and to be honest he's just a bit of a muppet. Sergio seems like someone more concerned with his looks than a potential legacy. Image Source: Twitter
Everyone has their moment and everyone will, at one point, feel like they’re on top of the world. It’s a shame really, because that kind of thinking fogs over the logic behind this sport that we all know and love. If you want an example – just look above.