Football is a sport that constantly keeps us on our toes. We’ve seen some great players in history who were predicted to go places, but they failed to live up to their potential. But then, there are also footballers who proved everyone wrong by defying expectations and overcoming obstacles to reach the pinnacle of success. In this article, we’ll look at 10 such players who proved everyone wrong.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably one of the best footballers in the world. However, when he was first starting out, he was often criticized for his dribbling skills and lack of physicality. But Ronaldo worked hard and proved everyone wrong by becoming one of the greatest footballers of all time.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is another player who was doubted early in his career. His small stature led many to believe that he wouldn’t be able to compete with the bigger, stronger players. But Messi’s incredible skill and determination have made him one of the best players in the world.
3. Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy’s rise to fame is a remarkable story. He started his footballing career at non-league clubs and worked his way up through the ranks. Despite being written off as a late bloomer, Vardy proved everyone wrong by helping Leicester City win the Premier League in 2016.
4. Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah was considered a flop during his time at Chelsea, but he proved his doubters wrong after joining Liverpool. He won the Premier League Golden Boot in his first season with the club and has been a key player in Liverpool’s success in recent years.
5. N’Golo Kante
N’Golo Kante was not a highly rated player when he first joined Leicester City. However, he proved everyone wrong by being a key player in their remarkable Premier League win in 2016. He has since gone on to win the Premier League with Chelsea and become one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
6. Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk was not considered a top-level defender when he first joined Liverpool. However, he proved everyone wrong by transforming their defense and leading them to Champions League and Premier League success.
7. Harry Kane
Harry Kane was not considered a top-level striker during his time in the Tottenham Hotspur youth academy. However, he worked hard and proved everyone wrong by becoming one of the best strikers in the world and leading Tottenham to Champions League success.
8. Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski was not considered a top-level striker during his time in Poland. However, he proved everyone wrong by becoming one of the best strikers in the world and leading Bayern Munich to Champions League success.
9. Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez was not considered a top-level player when he first joined Leicester City. However, he proved everyone wrong by being a key player in their Premier League win and earning a move to Manchester City.
10. Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini was not considered a top-level defender during his time at Livorno. However, he proved everyone wrong by becoming one of the best defenders in the world and leading Juventus to multiple Serie A and Champions League titles.
These players have proved everyone wrong by overcoming obstacles, defying expectations, and becoming some of the best footballers in the world. Their stories serve as a reminder that hard work and determination can go a long way in achieving success.