8 FIFA wonderkids who turned out to be rubbish – from rapid Musa to Chelsea flop

The release of FIFA 23 is just around the corner – which means a brand new batch of wonderkids for football fans to find.

Picking out the young stars who are set to take over the world is one of the best parts of any new game from the EA Sports franchise. Each year there's a whole host of talent just waiting to be discovered by eager gamers.

Naturally, not all of them go on to achieve their potential, however. So Daily Star Sport is taking a look at eight FIFA wonderkids who turned out to be totally rubbish in real life.

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Ahmed Musa

Back in FIFA 14 and 15, Musa was a go-to striker for Ultimate Team players, with his 90+ pace and 80+ dribbling a dream combo. And it got even better when then-Premier League champions Leicester City signed him for £17million in 2016.

But the Nigerian striker couldn't get to grips with English football and ended up back at former club CSKA Moscow just 18 months later. At least that gave mercy to those who faced his FIFA 17 FUTTIES card, which had 97 pace, 92 dribbling and 87 shooting.

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Richairo Zivkovic

Career Mode fans know all about Zivkovic as back in FIFA 15, the 69-rated striker could rise all the way to a rating of 86. He was tearing it up for Ajax's under-21s and looked destined for big things.

But the Dutchman never broke through in his home country and has had spells in Belgium, China and Serbia in the years since, as well as a five-game loan stint with Sheffield United in 2020.

Max Meyer

German midfielder Meyer was able to rise even higher than Zivkovic in FIFA 15 after bursting onto the scene at Schalke at the tender age of 17. He moved to Crystal Palace in 2018, still only 22 years old at the time.

But despite getting a FUT Future Stars card with a 84 rating in FIFA 20, Meyer has never been able to live up to his initial hype and like Musa, made little impression in the Premier League.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Former Manchester United defender Fosu-Mensah was a silver beast in Ultimate Team and had a high Career Mode ceiling in many FIFAs, but in real life he had to take loan moves to Palace and Fulham to get game time.

There's still time for him to excel at the age of 24, but he's been languishing at Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen since leaving Old Trafford in January 2021.

Riechedly Bazoer

One of the best FIFA wonderkids of all-time, Bazoer was able to reach a rating of around 90 if you played your cards right in FIFA 16. He was a must-have for any Career Mode save.

However, like his fellow Ajax academy graduate Zivkovic, the midfielder hasn't progressed to be a world beater, and now finds himself at AZ Alkmaar.

Zakaria Bakkali

Belgium looked to have their next Eden Hazard lined up in Bakkali, and FIFA fans rushed to achieve his 90+ potential back in the 2013 edition of the game.

His insane pace and dribbling were a menace for opponents, but he has never been as good on the pitch as he was in the game. After spells at Valencia and Anderlecht, the former PSV youngster is currently with Dutch minnows RKC Waalwijk.

Lucas Piazon

Chelsea have hoarded young talent over the last decade and one of the victims of their never-ending loan scheme has been Piazon. While he never achieved much in his seven spells away from Stamford Bridge, he was a gem on FIFA.

The attack-minded midfielder, who's now at Portuguese side Braga aged 28, could make it to the high 80s in FIFA 14's Career Mode.

Charly Musonda

If his highest FIFA potential of 86 was realised, Musonda would be tearing it up in the Premier League right now. But alas, he has joined Piazon on Chelsea's victim list.

After a decade with the Blues, the 25-year-old left the club this summer to drop down to the second division of Spanish football with Levante.


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