There are players who are born to shine and really succeed. Others seem to reach a very high level, but at a specific moment they succumb.
Next, we make a list of five names that went from being big stars to being practically disappeared.
After a spectacular start at Santos, Robinho became one of Real Madrid’s galactics. His ability has always been limitless, but it takes a lot more than that to rank among the greats. After a time in the white team, he moved to Manchester City for 42 million euros and, from there, he returned to Santos. Later, he would return to Europe to wear the Milan jersey, but never with the level of football that he showed in the early 2000s. After forgotten adventures by Guangzhou Evergrande of China, and Atlético Mineiro, in addition to serious problems outside the field, passed through the unknown Istanbul Basaksehir of Turkey.
In 2020 he returned to Santos for the fourth time but had his contract terminated after a sponsor broke his agreement with the club. You are currently without equipment
When he arrived at FC Barcelona, the Brazilian right-back was considered practically indisputable for his category. However, in two seasons with the Barça shirt he did rather little, and was loaned to Sporting de Gijón, where he did not stand out either. Today, after a brief stint at Benfica in Portugal and Sivasspor in Turkey, he is at Besiktas with whom he ends his contract in 2022.
In the lower categories of Barcelona, he scored all kinds of goals. As soon as he rose to the first team, he became the youngest player to score a goal in the Blaugrana shirt (17 years and 51 days). With a promising future, and considered the “new Messi”, the Serbian-Spanish footballer ended up seeing how the pressure ruined his career. The forward also had opportunities in Rome, Milan, Ajax or Stoke City among others, but was never able to settle. In 2019 he went to the Montreal Impact in Canada and after two years in MLS last August he headed to Vissel Kobe in Japan.
The Togolese striker, due to his talent, built a career with a lot of evolution (Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City) until he arrived at Real Madrid in 2011. However, from that moment he lost prominence and began to lag behind. He played for Tottenham and Crystal Palace before arriving at Istanbul Başakşehir, where he stayed for three seasons and then went to Kayserispor, also in Turkey. In 2020 he went to Olympia and after four games both parties agreed to terminate the contract.
The Portuguese left-back lived a historic moment when he was signed by Real Madrid from Benfica in 2011, for 30 million euros. Due to his poor performance, many wondered how he was still in the merengue team. He played the 2015/2016 season on loan to Monaco, where he also did not resurface and, after playing for Sporting Lisboa and Rio Ave, from Portugal, he was left without a club. After a blank year, in 2020 he signed again for Rio Ave.