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Wonderkids from FM 2008 - Reality Check 2018

A selection of footballers who used to be wonderkids back in Football Manager 2008 and what happened 10 years later (2018, as of writing this).

By on Nov 19, 2018   39018 views   3 comments
Wonderkids from FM 2008 - shocking how often Football Manager can get it right !!

These kids are now 10 years plus into a career worthy of any FM Story.


Igor Akinfeev
406 games for one club and 111 caps, 6 Domestic League wins,13 Domestic Cups and 1 UEFA Cup, 4 European Championship appearances and 2 world cups - stella career with a trophy hall to be proud of.

Miguel Ángel Fraga
Not the best career but wins Movember every year!


Giorgio Chiellini
With 364+ appearances for Juventus and 98+ caps for Italy, this under 19's European Champions Italian won many hearts, but no major honours with Italy... but 8 Domestic League wins 7 of which are back to back with Juventus back in Serie A with 7 Domestic Cups to his name too. This man will appear in then Juventus Hall of Fame having already been voted in the greatest fist 11 of all time back in 2017.

Marcelo & Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid would not look as world class with the two of them in defence.
Ramos now 32 has actually won every major honour, World Cup, Euros, Champions Leagues and domestic honours to boot.. the Sevilla youth academy player absolutely warranted wonderkid status.
Marcelo now only 30 had a similar haul domestically with Brazilian honours before moving to the Meringues but has both a bronze and silver Olympic medal to his name... note tho only 30... could possible have 3 or 4 more years at the top of maybe in MLS?

Gareth Bale
was listed as a defender, the less said about that the better...


John Obi Mikel
Although essentially retired to China to earn some money, this one time Champions League winner also won the Premier League twice, FA Cup 3 times and the Europa League during his 9 year stint at Chelsea but his greatest achivement would surely have been lifting the African Cup of Nations in 2013 as well as a Bronze Medal in Rio 2016.

Lionel Messi
5 Ballon D'ors
Olympic Gold
4 Champion Leagues
World Cup Runner up
You can read the rest of his low profile career on the back of a knapkin... round of applause to FM 2008

Worth noting the medal hall by the following midfielders on the list who perhaps have a reputation of being not as good as they should be;
Nani, Anderson, Giovanni Dos Santos, Juan Mata, Ivan Rakatic and Cesc Fabregas who for some is seen worse than Sol Campbell for his Judas like behaviour.

Special Nod for Fabrice Muamba whos career was struck short during his time at Bolton - then a premier league outfit.


Karim Benzema
Perhaps after Messi the very best FM 2008 wonderkid come good.
Already 4 French Domestic league tittles by the time FM 2008 came out but then a 9 year career with Real Madrid in the shadow of every new wonderkid or 30 to 70 million pound new signing, 2 La Liga tittles during an Barcelona dominated era but given the game time and stats for Goals and assists and the 4 Champions League medals the 2008 Ballon D'or nominee has had a superb domestic career to be proud of during any FM save.

Gonzalo Higuaín
Argentina seem to dominate the wonder kids list of 2008 that came good... all 3 graduated from different clubs, although French born a quiet career littered with honours in Spain and Italy this world cup runner up has won domestic competitions in both Italy and Spain plus holds the record for most goals in a season in Seria A, a record that stood for over 50 years, whilst playing for Napoli who didnt even win the league that season.

Sergio Leonel "Kun" Agüero
Perhaps the best spot in 2008 and although out shone by Messi on the National stage to win the Europa League aged 21 with Athletico and then to go on win the Premier League 3 times whilst bagging 148 goals in 214 appearances the world cup runners up medal and olympics gold medal are just an addition to what could be one of the best careers outside of the Ballon D'or picture for a 30 year old who made his top flight debut no later than 4 years after Messi who is now 31.

Worth noting the careers and hype or sometimes over hyped feelings towards Edison Cavani, Guiseppe Rossi, Pato and Theo Walcott who have all won great competitions and a number of them but never shined on the largest stage.

Special Nod to Alexis Sanchez who would be the only Chilean to ever achieve anywhere near as much as he has both as a player never mind a wonderkid.

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Discussion: Wonderkids from FM 2008 - Reality Check 2018

3 comments have been posted so far.

  • Jabluvious's avatar
    Of course Bale was listed as a defender, he WAS a defender. Bale's career didn't start as a winger in Real Madrid. He played football before.
  • kuevi10's avatar
    Rakitić, Fabregas and Cavani should have been better?
  • r2d2's avatar
    Sanchez only chilean star? what about Zamorano (Sevilla, Real M, Inter), Salas ( Lazio, juventus), Vidal (juventus, bayern, barcelona)
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