The year’s biggest letdowns, starting with Quaresma

December 30, 2008

The year is coming to an end, which means it is time for football’s annual awards, including the mischievous top-of-the-flops variety.

In Italy listeners of Rai radio show Catersport voted Inter Milan’s 18.6-million-euro signing Ricardo Quaresma Serie A’s worst player of 2008.

With Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or and favourite for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, there’s a nice symmetry about another Portuguese player taking a top booby prize.

It’s a spectacular showing in a way, as Quaresma has only been in Serie A since the close season, but still got almost twice as many votes as his nearest rival for the ‘Golden Bin’ gong, Atalanta’s former Italy striker Christian Vieri.

Catersport’s listeners may have been a tad harsh. Fellow winger Mancini has been equally anonymous since moving to Inter from AS Roma in July, while forward Adriano, the 2006 and 2007 Golden Bin winner, could have come further up than third after wasting another chance to get his career back on track with indiscipline.

Andriy Shevchenko, who came sixth, is still looking for his first Serie A goal since returning to AC Milan from Chelsea and he too may have deserved a higher ranking.

The people have spoken though, so let’s assume that Quaresma was Serie A’s top flop of the year. But if we looked further afield, who would be his competitors for the title of world football’s biggest letdown of 2008?

Chelsea’s John Terry for his miss in the Champions League final?

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni for failing to live up to his billing for Italy at Euro 2008?

Who would get your Golden Bin?

PHOTO: Inter Milan’s Ricardo Quaresma controls the ball against Anorthosis during their Champions League match at San Siro, Oct. 22, 2008. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini


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Bit harsh on Lampard, Paul. The poor fellow slipped after all!

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Mr Fylan, are you referring to Terry? I also thought it was also kind of harsh on him. I remembered it was raining during the Champions League final in Moscow. At least the year ended on a good note for him when he scored the eventual winner last month in Berlin in England’s friendly match against Germany.

My Golden Bin…whoa, I have a few. Paul Virgo had just mentioned one of those on my ‘list’. Toni failing to live up to his biling at Euro 2008, that is.

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whoops, yes. Terry, of course. Temporary mind failure…

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on behaf of Quaresma, How can u even say he is a letdown when the man doesnt even get to play, because im watching the same game as everyone, the play him for the last ten min not even that.
everytime i see him step in the game inter pace becomes a lot faster and smoother for them offensive point and begin to have alot of opputanity, so to call him a letdown i dont think so the same for mancina thet havent played enough to call letdown .
if inter want to win a champion league theyd better play querasma or the have small chance to win against machester united

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