10 Of The Biggest Flops In Sport

The nightmare situation for any head coach or manager of a sports team is that one of their star players who they have paid big money to sign will turn out to be a flop. It’s the worst case scenario that can destroy the hopes of any team, with a hugely talented player who is full of potential underperforming to such an extent that it affects the entire season. Such flops can happen for a variety of reasons, from an arrogant and egotistical personality or even by simply not reaching their potential, but in either case they are hugely disappointing for everyone involved.

Sam Bowie

Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers, Sam Bowie was expected to become something of a superstar in his career but suffered from a series of injuries that severely limited his early playing time. This may have contributed to him never reaching his full potential, while history has been unkind as he was actually picked in the draft ahead of Michael Jordan.

Fernando Torres

Fernanda Torres had been one of the best strikers in the Premier League when he was signed by Chelsea in 2011 for a staggering fee of $82 million. This didn’t seem like such a bad deal at the time as the Spanish striker had scored 81 goals for Liverpool in just 142 games, though he couldn’t replicate that form at the London club and scored just 45 times in 172 appearances for Chelsea. He was let go on a free transfer in 2014.