We’ve had the privilege of seeing some legendary forwards in our time, but we’ve also seen some strikers who have fallen from the footballing map. How does it happen so quickly? One minute they’re club heroes, and the next they’re off the radar.
The Fan Park lists five players who’ve taken a fall from grace.
The German centre-forward was a goal-scoring machine. In the Bundesliga for Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, he reached double figures in seven consecutive seasons. Now 29, instead of being in his prime, he is struggling with a knee injury and scored just five goals in 17 months at Fiorentina.
The former Chelsea man had a torrid spell in London, with several off-field issues contributing to his fast downfall. He was tested positive for a banned substance, and was allowed to leave the Blues after 14 months at the club. The 36-year-old has since retired from football, with 154 goals in 418 professional appearances.
The Spanish striker moved to Tottenham Hotspur with the reputation of being top goal-scorer, but failed to emulate his form in the Premier League. The striker has been out of touch for a while now, only scoring 16 goals in two seasons for Spurs.
The Brazilian was set to be his nation’s hottest prospect a few years ago, but serious injuries proved to be a major set-back for Pato, and he never lived up to the hype that surrounded him. Now 25-years-old, the forward is back in Brazil with Corinthians, where he has scored three goals in six games.
The Colombian star has been far from his best this season for the Red Devils, and it’s been reported that the 29-year-old won’t make his loan move permanent come the end of the season. He has only scored six goals in 25 games, and it’s hard to believe that any major European club will be after his services.
Can you name any other strikers whose careers went down the drain?