There was a time when Pro Evolution Soccer led the way for football gaming – the early 2000s, to be precise.
Back then, FIFA might have had the names, the kits, and the badges, but it couldn’t come close to PES for pure, footballing brilliance.
Pro Evo was so much more than just a football sim though.
Thanks to the Master League mode, in which gamers took control of a specific team, moulding them into a successful one over a succession of seasons, PES also gave Football Manager a run for its money.
And like Football Manager, players developed on PES Master League, improving season by season.
This particular mode saw some players emerge from nowhere to be superstars on the game.
Other times, players who were already established as ones to watch got better and better.
However, in both instances, there were occasional examples where the Konami number crunchers got things wrong. Players who they tipped for big things – or even bigger things – who then ended up failing to justify the hype among gamers.
Some enjoyed solid enough careers, slightly overshadowed by a lingering sense of what could have been. Others disappeared entirely.
From the bad to the ridiculous, these are just ten Pro Evolution Soccer legends who ended up flopping in real life.