10 Football Manager Legends Who Flopped In Real Life

10. Nicolás Millán

In the game:

A teenage prodigy Chilean goal machine, Colo Colo striker Millán was the major find in Football Manager 2007. Available for less than £1 million - if you could get a work permit - by the 2010s you were looking at a 50 goal a season star. Assuming you played the game on to today's date, then Millán would likely be the current best in the world.

In reality:

Dubbed the Chilean Cristiano Ronaldo for his love of stepovers, Millán was indeed hugely promising as a youngster. At just 14 he became the youngest ever player in a Chilean league game, while also scoring repeatedly for the national Under-17 team. Chelsea were reportedly interested in giving him a trial.

Still only 28, Millán's career hasn't quite gone as spectacularly as he or we might have anticipated. After those two games as a 14 year old, he only played once more for Colo Colo's first team in the next five years before his contract expired.

Rather than the English Premier League, Millán's whole career since has been confined to the Chilean third tier. Earlier this year he signed for recently relegated San Marcos, the seventh third division club in the last decade to try and unlock that early potential.

Far from 50 goals a season, the real Millán has yet to hit that half century in his whole career.


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