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Prodigious and promising athletes who could not succeed in their sports

It is normal that when a young athlete begins to stand out in any sport, it generates a great illusion and enormous expectations in people. Some few manage to fulfill them, but others end up falling by the wayside. The reasons are varied: injuries, indiscipline, bad luck or not being able to withstand the pressure. Today, we’ll remember some of those athletes who were going to conquer the world, but were swallowed by the earth.

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A skillful, agile and intelligent striker who made his debut for FC Barcelona at the age of 17. It didn’t take him long to earn the nickname “New Messi”. However, his serious anxiety problems before matches dented his performance. They led him to turn down Spain’s call-up for Euro 2008 (which they would end up winning). In 2011, he left Barcelona to start a long journey of failures. Today he plays for the Montreal Impact of the MLS.

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This woman seemed destined to be the future of Canadian tennis. In 2014, at just 20 years old, she was runner-up at Wimbledon and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros. That earned her the 5th position in the WTA ranking. But this young star faded very quickly. Her performance plummeted and she began to focus more on appearing on magazine covers than on her career. She is currently ranked world’s number 141.

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The NBA star that never was. He led Ohio State to the championship game of the 2007 NCAA tournament. That year he was drafted No. 1 by the Trail Blazer, ahead of Kevin Durant. He was excited, even saying in an interview that he dreamed of winning “15 championships”. The reality was different. Injuries started to be his karma even before he made his NBA debut. He retired in 2016 at the age of 28.

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He emerged on the scene in 1997 by leading Washington State to its first Rose Bowl berth in 67 years. Many believed he would make his mark in the NFL, but his love of partying was stronger.

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Chicago Cubs drafted this promising pitching prospect in 2001. However, his arm problems negatively marked his career, which lasted only five seasons. Retired in 2013 after failed comeback attempts with the Padres, Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox and Reds.

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