craigy18181

Good players who were rubbish is real life

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hi guys,

the thread about Sherman Cardenas got me thinking. How many times over the years has a player been good in FM but turned out to be a turkey IRL.

I remember I used to always sign Victor Leonenko who was a goal machine in one of the old ones, but never really did much IRL.

Another one was Ibrahim Bakayoko, he was a huge turkey in real life but was good in earlier CM.

Any others you have bought who turned out to be average IRL?

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On FM08 there's Rolando Bianchi and Valeri Bojinov at Man. City. Class on the game, poop in real life.

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francis jeffers about cm2000

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For me, there is one name that shines - Cherno Samba

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I remember Julius Aghahowa used to be a goal machine back in the day. In real life he struggled to get into the Wigan team.

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I was going to say Cherno as well, but Bakayoko is the one that really stands out for me. I bought him when I first played CM and he was immense, then he signed for Everton and I told everyone he was going to be immense :rolleyes:

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Andri Sigtorsson and the Trinidadian lad from CM4 (I think it was that, the one with the 3-4-3 Owen exploit)

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i made a thread about benjamin gavanon other day, he's a class mc/amc who now plays for marsille... so i looked him up on wiki and he used to play for notts forest and couldnt even get into the team!

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hi guys,

the thread about Sherman Cardenas got me thinking. How many times over the years has a player been good in FM but turned out to be a turkey IRL.

I remember I used to always sign Victor Leonenko who was a goal machine in one of the old ones, but never really did much IRL.

Leonenko was one of the best strikers in Ukrainian Premier League in the early 90's.

He scored 62 goals in 98 games for Dynamo Kiev in 1992-98, played 14 times(6 goals) for a national team.

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anastasios skalidis on cm01/02 who was a striker who scored loads , i remember stefan selakovic and magne hoseth being really good too

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Maxi Lopez on an old CM game. He was probably the most prolific scorer on the game, he'd get at least 35 goals a season, every season without fail. In real life he went to Barcelona, didn't do well at all, then got loaned elsewhere in Spain where he failed to impress again, now he is playing somewhere in Russia I believe. Shame.

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Shevchenko while at Chelsea was a goal machine for me in the game. He easily scored 25-30 goals a season but we all know how sucessful he was irl.

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Danny Murphy and Neil Lennon :D

They were the best midfielders in the game in really old versions of CM.

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Danny Murphy and Neil Lennon :D

They were the best midfielders in the game in really old versions of CM.

they were great players while at crewe.

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Leonenko was one of the best strikers in Ukrainian Premier League in the early 90's.

He scored 62 goals in 98 games for Dynamo Kiev in 1992-98, played 14 times(6 goals) for a national team.

you are right he did, but after dynamo kiev he didn't do much

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what about these CM legends:

Anatoli Todorov

Alessio Cerci

Freddy W. Thompson

and to a lesser extend Tsigalko (the striker not the GK)

Ahhhhh these were the days :)

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Neil Lennon :D

They were the best midfielders in the game in really old versions of CM.

Yeah, I never understood that, Lennon was as crap as a player gets IRL.

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I thought it was the other Todorov?

Ian Moore who was a deadly striker for Stockport(?) on the early games never did much.

Or Villas Luke Moore for that matter.

Jason Wilcox. Lee Sharpe. Nii Lamptey. Freddy Guarin. Eddy Johnson. The list is almost endless.

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Kennedy Bakircioglü is one such player that springs to my mind.

I cannot remember which edition of CM it was that he has such massive stats and could set the European leagues ablaze with his playing form. I think in most of my games, he would join top Italian sides and either win several Scudetti and/or European trophies.

In real life, he had played well indeed for Swedish club Hammarby IF, leading the club to its first Swedish championship title in 2001. However to suggest that his progress has been as meteoric as that of his old CM alter-ego would be a gross overstatement.

He joined Greek side Iraklis for a couple of years after five seasons at Hammarby, then spent another couple at Dutch side FC Twente, before moving to Ajax in 2007. And when Marco van Basten took over the reins as Ajax manager, he told Kennedy he should look for alternate means of employment. Poor fellow.

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Peter Prospar

Adrian Mihalcea

Johann Tórhalsson

Andri Sigtórsson

Sævar Freyr Alexandersson

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Freddy Adu seems to be decidedly average in real life - currently in Portugal I think!

There was also Kennedy Bakirclogu (or something, can't remember the proper name :D ) - a striker or AM/FM I think!

Used to be very good, think he's playing his trade still in the Dutch league!

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Kennedy Bakircioglü is one such player that springs to my mind.

that's him! I was nearly there on the spelling! :D

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oh wait another one comes to mind. In 07 Karl Svensson young swedish defender was awesome. He then signed for Glasgow Rangers and I was telling my mates this guy is class etc, turned out to be a turd. Couldn't head a ball and had to body strength to hold off a striker. He was quickly shipped to a team in france.

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Freddy Adu seems to be decidedly average in real life - currently in Portugal I think!

Adu never lived up to the hype and isn't even all that good in the game now.

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Ryan Jarvis in Fm08 for Norwich. I kept him at Norwich when i went to the prem and he was one of my best players for a number of years becoming top goal scorer a few times. IRL hes now in league 1 or 2.

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Momo Sissoko was immense as an AMLC on FM05! He used to bang in so many goals from AM :D Quite a lot of headers too! Then IRL it turned out he was a DM and was good but never as good as i expected!

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Fernando Cavenaghi used to be a legend in FM a few versions back...

Wouldn't say he is rubbish irl....but he certainly isnt as good as he was in the game!

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Robert Dewhurst back in the (roughly) CM2 era.

Once you prized him off Hull for peanuts he became an England regular

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Daniel Braaten was virtually unstoppable in CM03/04. He played in 2nd Norwegian league and you could bring him wherever and he would be the best player in the world. Had acceleration, pace, technique and dribbling 20. A one man show. Used to go through defenders. He was later to become not a bad player, but certainly not as good as in CM.

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Marcus Allback was never as good as he was on 00/01

Dionis Chiotis form 01/02

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for me graham kavanagh in 1st champ man i think no matter what team i used i would buy him got avarage of 8,9 or 10 in every game.

in real life he was not that bad but not an 8,9 or 10 man.

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tonton mokouko?? am/fc from derby i think

cherno samba

anatoliy todorov

plus the whole hacken crew from fm05 i think - dulee johnson, freddie lagymyr and i think there was a keeper - but they got kallstrom right:)

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I find Rosicky doesn't get injured enough on my version of FM, which inevitably makes him better on FM than IRL

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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? ;)

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tonton mokouko?? am/fc from derby i think

cherno samba

anatoliy todorov

plus the whole hacken crew from fm05 i think - dulee johnson, freddie lagymyr and i think there was a keeper - but they got kallstrom right:)

Tonton Zola Moukoko was released when he was about 19 or 20, and ended up moving back to one of the Scandanavian lower leagues, if I remember correctly.

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A few others..

Marcus Stewart in CM94 scored goals for fun in my Villa team - not just in 1 season, consistently.

Mark Kerr in CM01/02 from Falkirk became one of the best midfielders in Europe - I think he's at Aberdeen IRL.

Alexander Farnerud, one of the amazing Swedes from either CM03/04 or FM05. No idea where he is now.

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Juan Pablo Angel, I remember telling my Villa friend when they first signed him, that they would win the league, because his goals would fire them to the title. How wrong I was, and he still won't let me foreget it! :D :D

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i know certain people who have done similar things ;) making a bet that a player has moved to a different club irl but he remeberd it from FM and he lost :D so funny when stuff like this happens its just classic FM :D

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A few others..

Marcus Stewart in CM94 scored goals for fun in my Villa team - not just in 1 season, consistently.

Mark Kerr in CM01/02 from Falkirk became one of the best midfielders in Europe - I think he's at Aberdeen IRL.

Alexander Farnerud, one of the amazing Swedes from either CM03/04 or FM05. No idea where he is now.

Farnerud is still good in FM08, his ability is around 140ish i believe.

Maxim Tsigasko anyone? :D

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All the supposed "wonderkids" at Tottenham - Modric, Dos Santos, Bale...

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i wont even try pronouncing half the names in this thread i know i will get a headache ;)

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All the supposed "wonderkids" at Tottenham - Modric, Dos Santos, Bale...

Modric and Bale are very good players though, I'd agree with Dos Santos though!

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bale is looking very good i do agree. havnt seen much of modric but dos santos too over-rated.

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