UEFA Champions League will continue tonight with more mouth-watering fixtures lined up. European giants like Juventus, Man United, Man City, Real Madrid, and Bayern will show us what they’ve got in store for their group stage openers. The focus will also be on star players like Cristiano Ronaldo especially given the fact that Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick on Tuesday night. Today, we want to look at five overrated stars who cost their current clubs a fortune.
5. Gonzalo Higuain- €90 Million
OFFICIAL: AC Milan have signed striker Gonzalo Higuain on a season-long loan for €18m and defender Mattia Caldara on a five-year contract, part of the €35m swap deal with Juventus. pic.twitter.com/Je7cAgNvOO
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In 2016, Juventus received €105 million from Manchester United after the departure of Paul Pogba. The Old Lady spent almost all of it in the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli. This summer, the club sent the Argentine to AC Milan on loan. They had to create room for Cristiano Ronaldo who arrived from Real Madrid with a bag of expectation. Higuain problem was poor goal return, especially in UEFA Champions League. In two years, he netted only 10 goals in Europe. He failed to deliver especially in big matches.
4. Paul Pogba- €105 Million
Paul Pogba has 'never' told me he wants to leave Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho…
…but he's 'in the dark' over Mino Raiola's attempts to try and force an Old Trafford exit
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) September 15, 2018
Jose Mourinho biggest problem at Manchester United at the moment is coming from Paul Pogba. The two are understood to be reading things from a different script even though the Portuguese has constantly denied there is a rift between them. The French midfielder returned to the club in 2016 for €105 or £89.3 million four years after leaving unceremoniously for free.
The fans expected to see the best from him because they believed he is one of their own. He came through the Red Devils academy alongside the likes of Jesse Lingard. However, lack of consistency in his performances has left alot to be desired. The utterances of his agent Mino Raiola about interest from Barcelona and failure by Pogba to deny of silence him has continued to create more controversy. The bottom line is he has not been giving his best for the club as compared to France national team. It is expected that either him or Mourinho will leave the club if things don’t improve soon. The point to take away here is that he has been poor so far. A player costing such kind of money must be able to carry his team to glory. He struggles to control even his midfield.
3. Philippe Coutinho- €160 Million
Barcelona paid Liverpool £142M or €160 Million to secure the services of Philippe Coutinho in January 2018. The Reds had seen this coming after rejecting an offer for him from the Catalan giants in the summer of 2017. Jurgen Klopp paid €50 million to sign Mohamed Salah from AS Roma as a cover. The difference between the two stars is like night and day. The Brazilian is still struggling to settle at Camp Nou with only 11 goals so far but the Egyptian has already netted 46 times in 57 matches. We have not even mentioned the multiple awards he received at the end of last season. It is clear who got a better deal.