Amidst the celebrated stars of the beautiful game lies a group of players whose careers have taken a turn for the worse. Be it a young up and comer who lets money go to their head when signed by a top club or an established talent who lets their personal life destroy their professional aspirations, football provides us with so many stars that have fallen by the wayside over the years.
Embark on a quick jaunt down memory and it’s astonishing to see the number of top players who once graced the Premier League yet are now plying their trade in the lower leagues or simply trying to earn one final payday playing in uncompetitive tournaments across far flung destinations.
From the premature elation of the early parts of their fledgling careers to the depressing conclusion when retirement follows an underwhelming spell with a smaller club, these players illustrate the downward spiral of so many footballers whose choices have backfired and snatched them unceremoniously from their celebrity lifestyles before dumping them into relative obscurity.
Below is a list of the 15 Greatest Falls from Grace as we fondly reminisce over the careers of so many forgotten stars.