Nine players who didn't live up to their FIFA 2005 potential: Including ex-Newcastle and Everton men

Helder Postiga

FIFA 2005 tipped some players - including some former Newcastle and Everton men - to reach a level that they never quite reached.

While the FIFA games have a decent record when it comes to picking out stars of the future, sometimes a young player they back for greatness fails to live up to the hype and the only legacy they leave is on a game console rather than actually out on the pitch.

HITC Sport has taken a look at nine players who were tipped for greatness by FIFA 2005, but actually fell well short...

Kieron Dyer 

Kieron Dyer - Newcastle UnitedKieron Dyer

FIFA 2005 rated Kieron Dyer's ability at 88 and believed that he had the potential to become one of the world's greatest and reach a rating of 99. Sadly in reality, injuries prevented the highly-talented winger from ever realising his full potential. Following the 2004-05 campaign, he made more than 11 league appearances in a season on just one occasion before retiring in 2013.

Albert Luque

Another name that will be familiar to Newcastle fans is Albert Luque. The forward was rated at 87 on FIFA 2005, and had the potential to reach 98 according to the game. Less than a year after the game was released, Luque was at St James' Park where he would score once in 21 league games. Just 13 league goals followed before his retirement in 2011.

Freddy Adu

Unfortunately for Freddy Adu, he has perhaps become the poster boy for those tipped for stardom who never realise their potential. FIFA 2005 gave him a rating of 73 - he was 15 at the time - and suggested he had the potential to reach 98. The 27-year-old has played for 13 clubs, and made more than 12 appearances for two of them. 

Helder Postiga

Helder PostigaHelder Postiga

Tottenham fans would have been stunned when they started playing FIFA 2005 and learned that Helder Postiga was rated at 82 and had the potential to reach 99. During his one season with Spurs - which came right before the game's release - he scored once in 19 league games. Though he has several goals throughout his career, he has certainly not scored enough to ever justify a 99 rating, or perhaps an 82 for that matter.


Deivid - playing for Bordeaux at the time - was rated at 81 with a potential of 99 when FIFA 2005 was released. Though he struggled when playing in Europe, his record in Brazil was fairly impressive. Nevertheless, he also fell short of ever pushing for a 99 rating.

Joseph Yobo

Joseph Yobo was a couple of years into his decade long stay at Everton when FIFA 2005 decided to rate him at 81 with a potential of 95. He was a solid defender for the Toffees, but there were unlikely to be any of the Goodison Park faithful who saw a player with the potential to be one of the world's best during his time there. He retired in 2014 following a loan spell at Norwich.

Fabrizio Miccoli

FIFA 2005 rated Fabrizio Miccoli at 88 and suggested that he had the potential to reach 99. The striker enjoyed prolific spells during his career, but did not do enough to earn a recall to the Italy squad following his final cap in 2004, so it is unlikely that reaching a 99 rating was ever imminent.

Jose Antonio Reyes

Arsenal's Jose Antonio ReyesJose Antonio Reyes

Arsenal had signed Jose Antonio Reyes around 10 months before FIFA 2005 rated him at 88 with a potential to reach 99. There were the occasional flashes of quality, and few players boast an impressive a CV - he went on to play for the likes of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid - but the Spaniard was never the world-beater that FIFA 2005 expected him to be.

Junichi Inamoto

Junichi Inamoto made more appearances for his country than he did for eight of the 10 clubs he has represented in his career. Amongst those clubs are Arsenal - for whom he didn't feature once in the league - Fulham, West Brom and Cardiff. It was while with the Baggies that FIFA 2005 rated him at 73 with a potential to reach 99, but the club did not appear to see the same potential so loaned him out to the Bluebirds.

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