It is considered that World Cup is not a good parameter for clubs to market players
Once the dust settles from the thrilling conclusion of the 2022 World Cup, players’ attention will turn to their club careers. The January transfer window opens in a few weeks, and a player’s performance at the World Cup can sometimes lead to a transfer.
As a result of the tournament, the profiles of other talents who potentially command massive transfer fees have risen as well.
But the clubs should be careful before signing raw talents from the World cup because international football is different from club football which is more competitive even though the FIFA World Cup is the tournament that connects fans and players more emotionally as in these tournaments managers have picked their best squad from their country itself and the squad value is very less as they cannot buy or sell players as club football is completely opposite and is more diverse and players come from all over the world to perform as this is a big risk for the club and the player’s career.
After making their name on the world’s biggest football stage during the World Cup, numerous players have received life-changing offers to go to new teams. Even the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Liverpool have fallen prey to the trap of buying individuals after a few strong performances for their respective national teams at the World Cup.
Players with high ratings at the World Cup in Qatar have been under intense scrutiny by scouts ahead of the January transfer window. Here are major examples of why clubs should be careful before making a big money move for players who impressed at the World cup:
Alberto Tarantini (Boca Juniors to Birmingham City, 1978)
We start with a 1978 World Cup winner who went on to have a wild time in England, where he even got into a fight with one of his own fans.
In his home country of Argentina, fiery left-back Tarantini was known for his bad behaviour. After a pay dispute with Boca Juniors in May 1978, he was left without a club.
After Argentina won the World Cup at home in 1978. Tarantini switched to Birmingham City, which had just finished 11th in the top division. Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, both of whom had won the World Cup for Argentina. They were also signed by Tottenham that summer. They both stayed in England for a long time.
But Tarantini’s time in England was cut short when he went into the crowd during a game and fought with a fan of his own club. He had only played in 23 games and scored one goal for St. Andrew’s. During a heated fight on the field, he also knocked out Manchester United’s Brian Greenhoff. Tarantini played for Argentina 61 times, but his time in the West Midlands was ruined by bad behaviour. In 1979, he went back to his home country of Argentina to play for Talleres de Cordoba.
Ilie Dumitrescu (Steaua Bucharest to Tottenham, 1994)
Tottenham paid £2.5 million for Dumitrescu in the weeks after USA ’94. When Romania had a great tournament and made it to the quarterfinals.
Dumitrescu was one of the “Famous Five” up front. Along with Darren Anderton, Nicky Barmby, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Teddy Sherringham, that Ossie Ardiles put out to start the 1994-1995 season. Even though he wasn’t as well-known as the other new player Klinsmann. He was still highly regarded, and the winger’s direct style could be exciting.
But Spurs’ bad play caused Ardiles to lose his job as a manager in October 1994. Gerry Francis, who took Dumitrescu’s place, didn’t like him, so the Romanian was sent on loan to Sevilla. Dumitrescu went back to White Hart Lane for the 1995–96 season, but his playing career was already on the way down, and he didn’t make much of an impact, playing in only eight Premier League games.
In February 1996, it was hard for West Ham to sign Dumitrescu because he had trouble getting a work permit. Which could have ended his career in England. He played 10 games for the Hammers before leaving in July 1996 to join Club America.
Robert Jarni (Real Betis to Real Madrid… via Coventry, 1998)
Unlike the other players on this list, Jarni never played for Coventry after signing in 1998. Jarni was a key member of Croatia’s third-place performance in the 1998 World Cup in France, featuring in all seven games.
Gordon Strachan, then manager of Coventry City, acted quickly, so quickly that he beat Real Madrid to his signature in a £2.6 million deal. The only problem was that he never played for Gordon Strachan’s side and was sold to Real Madrid a month later.
Coventry did earn a profit on the youngster despite Madrid spending £3.4 million on him. So it wasn’t all bad for them. Still, Coventry may have struck gold because Jarni never established himself at Real Madrid. Where he was mostly used as a substitute before being moved a year later to Las Palmas.
Denilson (Sao Paulo to Real Betis, 1998)
Denilson made this list because his fee was a world record at the time. The Sao Paulo winger was one of the most exciting young players in the world after featuring in every game of Brazil’s 1998 World Cup. Denilson was signed by Real Betis for a record amount of £21.5 million, and it was expected that he would be a big hit at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
However, things did not go as planned. With the hefty price tag possibly playing a significant role in his poor performance. Denilson struggled to establish himself as a regular starter, and Betis were demoted to the Segunda Division in his second season.
The Brazilian was loaned back to Flamengo before returning to Betis in January 2001. Although the club was relegated to La Liga, Denilson was still utilized more frequently as a substitute.
Despite this, he continued to play for the Brazilian national team, winning a gold medal at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Denilson played at Betis for seven years and made nearly 200 league appearances, although he never lived up to the promise he displayed in 1998.
El Hadji Diouf (Lens to Liverpool, 2002)
Even after two decades, the decision to recruit El Hadji Diouf over Nicholas Anelka still irritates most Liverpool fans. After impressing on loan at Anfield towards the end of the 2001-02 season. Nicolas Anelka wanted to make the move permanent from Paris Saint-Germain.
Instead, Gerard Houllier’s team confirmed Diouf’s acquisition a day after he helped Senegal upset World Cup holders France with a 1-0 win on the first day of the 2002 tournament. Diouf was scouted prior to the competition. So his signing wasn’t solely based on his exploits in Japan and South Korea. But his performances gave Reds fans reason to be excited.
Diouf, on the other hand, failed to win over fans with mediocre performances and a tenure tainted by several controversial episodes, most notably spitting at a Celtic fan during a UEFA Cup encounter. When he was given the No. 9 shirt. He scored six goals in his first season and didn’t score again until he was moved to Bolton in 2004.
Liverpool players at the time were frequently critical of Diouf’s ego, with Jamie Carragher admitting the forward’s demeanor ‘disgusted’ him.
‘He has one of the lowest strike rates of any forward in Liverpool history’. Carragher added of Diouf and is the only No. 9 in history to go an entire season without scoring, and he is likely the only No. 9 at any team to do it. He was always the last one chosen for training.’
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Salif Diao (Sedan Ardennes to Liverpool, 2002)
Another Liverpool acquisition from Senegal following the African country’s remarkable run to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002. His stint at Liverpool was significantly less aggressive after arriving alongside Diouf, but it was still ultimately futile.
Diao was bought for £5 million by Gerard Houllier and was frequently used outside of his preferred midfield role, in defence or at full-back. While he can’t be blamed for being played out of position. He wasn’t performing at the level anticipated by a squad that had finished second in the Premier League the previous season.
When Rafael Benitez took over in 2004, he played Diao in his natural position. But he committed a number of errors that led to his loan to Birmingham City in January 2005. He later went on loan to Portsmouth before spending six seasons at Stoke City, where he made 106 appearances.
Kleberson (Atletico Paranaense to Manchester United, 2003)
Although he did not sign a contract with Manchester United until July 2003. It was Kleberson’s performances at the 2002 World Cup that drew him to Old Trafford. Brazil’s national coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, praised the midfielder as the “driving force” behind the team that won the trophy.
‘One of the reasons we sold Juan Sebastian Veron was because we knew we were going to get Kleberson,’ Ferguson remarked at the time. Ferguson, on the other hand, got it wrong. Kleberson struggled to adjust to the English game. Appearing in just 20 games over two injury-plagued seasons before joining Besiktas in 2005.
Andreas Isaksson (Rennes to Manchester City, 2006)
After making four appearances for Sweden at the World Cup, Isaksson was signed by Manchester City in August 2006. The Swedes had advanced to the final 16 after beating England in their group before being eliminated by tournament hosts Germany.
City was looking for a new goalkeeper after David James left for Portsmouth, and in Isaksson, an international signed for £2 million, the Blues thought to have found a steal.
However, due to injury, the Swedish goalkeeper did not make his debut for Stuart Pearce’s side until December. When he replaced Nicky Weaver in the Manchester derby against Manchester United. His next Premier League debut came in February, and he appeared in just 14 games that season.
In 2007-08, he was an ever-present for his country but only a bench warmer at City. Appearing in just five more Premier League games. To make matters worse, Isaksson’s final game for City was an 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Middlesbrough on the final day of the season.
Asamoah Gyan (Rennes to Sunderland, 2010)
Gyan was one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, with his spectacular performances helping Ghana reach the quarter-finals before joining Sunderland. The striker scored three times during Ghana’s run to the last eight. Albeit his penalty miss against Uruguay cost them a spot in the last four.
Sunderland, though, was not deterred and paid a club-record £13 million to sign him. Then-manager Steve Bruce had planned to combine Gyan up forward with Darren Bent. But Bent was sold to Aston Villa in January, while the combination was still in its early stages.
Gyan struggled at Sunderland and only stayed for one season before joining Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates on loan in January 2012.
James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid, 2014)
James Rodriguez dominated the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, winning the Golden Boot with six goals.
He was regarded as the game’s next major star, and his stunning goal against Uruguay, in which he controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed in from well outside the area, earned him the Puskas Award for the goal of the year. Even before the competition, the Colombian was making waves in Europe after a brilliant first season in France with Monaco.
But the tournament in Brazil just boosted his reputation, and no one expected him to outperform every other participant. This was a significant component in convincing Real Madrid to spend £60 million on the offensive midfielder.
Though Rodriguez scored 13 LaLiga goals in 29 games in his first season. His initial promise faded rapidly due to poor form and injuries, ultimately leading to his demise at the Bernabeu.
Despite this, teams continued to take chances on Rodriguez. With the Colombian spending two years on loan at Bayern Munich and one year at Everton, where he began promisingly but quickly fell apart. After a brief stay at Al-Rayyan in Qatar, he is now with Olympiakos.