I remember a couple of players in some of the earlier CMs who were decent in the game but didn't do much as players in real life. Paul and Oliver Collyer were their names. Always a must signing, but whatever happened to them? ;)
There was another Ferrah Orosco or something like that on a very early cm at cambridge along with the collyer brothers they were all makers of the game too if memory serves correct
That guy from the Caribbean who was 10 years too young in the game... what's his name again?
I can remember a player in CM Spain edition (late 90's) called Sandro. He was a midfielder. I can always remember his stats were absolutely outrageous.........I am talking 15+ for everything with about 8 20's. Can anyone else remember him. Wish I could get a screenshot. Never heard of him IRL
Other players I can remember from old editions were Ivica Mornar in CM2 or CM3. Croatioan Striker who used to blam them in on the game but was a big lumbering baffoon IRL. I am sure he signed for someone in England but didn't last - Portsmouth I think
Jonas Lunden I can remember being awesome in early games but again can't find that he left much of an impact IRL
I would have to say I don't think Bogdan Stancu is as good IRL as he is in FM08. Absolute legend in the game.
Also in FM08 I would hazard a guess that half of the Argentinian Players in the game aren't what they are IRL. There are some unbelievable players to be had who are definately not that good IRL. Best thing is in the game you can get them for less than 100k.
Porarinn Kristjansson. I signed him on a free transfer in CM03/04 (I believe) when I played a game as Nottingham Forest. Got him half way through my 1st season and he was amazing. He just scored for fun and helped me secure the title with ease and with it promotion to the EPL. Next season he was again amazing as he continued to score goals for fun and I almost won the title thanks to his goals. I made a late push but it was too little too late.
Then in 2005 he signed for Aberdeen IRL. I was like "Cool, I'll get to see my CM legend in the flesh". Needless to say he was rubbish, one of the worst strikers I've ever seen.
Supat Rungratsamee - The young Portsmouth player on CM03/04, since then he has dissapeared.
Sanli Tuncay -
Cherno Samba - He could single-handedly win games on CM03/04 but IRL he was recently released from Plymouth
Helder Postiga - Top goalscorer in the Premiership on CM03/04 but remember his real Premiership form?
Mbuelo Mabizela - Good Centre-back on CM03/04, now plays in South Africa
D Sychev, Leo Lima, George McCartney, Glen Loovens (now plying his trade in the championship), Brede Hangeland - believe it or not, they were some of my double CL winners for Ajax many many versions ago... no chance in real life...!!! Mind you had Van Persie, Robben, Van Bommell and a bunch of brazilians like Diego and Jussie on the team...