It is widely believed that football stars have seasons and days – this is what account for impressive and bad forms. A striker could score 3 goals in a match and go on dry spells over a couple of match days.
In the same facet, there are football stars who have performed tremendously on international duties but their club side careers can make a pass right into the oblivion. Here are some of them:
This is so obvious that Lucas might not have been a failure for Bayern Munich and Arsenal. He’s also a legend at Cologne, the club that raised him. Again, judging by his club career, he most definitely doesn’t deserve to be considered one of the best German players to ever adorn the Black and white stripes.
Incredibly, the versatile winger and striker has 130 International caps putting him third – just behind Lothar Matthaus and Miroslav Klose. He’s also the third-highest scorer behind Klose and Gerd Muller with 49 goals. He is one of Joachim Low’s favourites, and a big joker in the dressing room. He even won the 2014 World Cup without playing in the knockout phase.
Isla had the potential to become one of the best players in his position. The talented and utility player showed outstanding promise as a right-back and right-sided midfielder at the start of his career for Udinese. The national team enjoyed his services and rewarded him with frequent call-ups. Isla who has more than 100 caps was present at two World Cups. He was even crucial to their historic Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016.
His club career went down the lane after he left Udinese in 2012. However, Isla was a bench-warmer at Juventus, was relegated when QPR left the English top-tier years back. More so,he wasn’t popular at Marseille either.
The striker was awarded Copa America top scorer twice – in 2015 and 2016 – Chile won both times. Vargas had a very impressive 2014 World Cup too, scoring in the crucial 2-0 win against Spain.
He has more than 30 goals in over 80 international fixtures. Sadly, his club career in Europe has been woeful. The Chilean was miserable at Napoli, Valencia, QPR and Hoffenheim.
Charisteas will always be remembered as a Greek legend for generations to come, having scored the winning goal against Portugal in the Euro 2014 Final. He scored 25 goals for his country, he is Greece’s second-top scorer of all time. Charisteas was always reliable for the national team. In fact, the Greek had very disappointing spells at Ajax, Feyenoord, Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, not to mention a short and unforgetful adventure at French side Arles-Avignon.
One of Ghana’s all-time greats Gyan and also the best scorer in the national team’s history with over 49 strikes in 106 matches, it’s only right to mention him in the same breath as Tony Yeboah and Abedi Pele. Though, he missed the famous penalty against Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, but he also scored three goals in that World Cup and his record in major competitions is excellent.
As for his clubs, Gyan had normal spells at Udinese, Rennes and Sunderland, then wasted his career in the UAE and China. At the European turf, his legacy is poor.
This article was written by Alex Ndace; he tweets via @AlexNdace