Highly Rated Brazil Wonderkids Who Flopped in Europe

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014 | 0

We take a look at some of the highly rated Brazil wonderkids who flopped in their careers and failed to fulfill the promise they shown at very young age after joining european clubs.

Brazil wonderkids flops in europe

Brazil has always produced some of the greatest names in world football and all major european clubs have their scouts in Brazil in search for next big thing but sometime clubs only end up buying hype. So lets see which Brazil stars failed to live up the expecations.


Robinho just completed his loan move back to his native country santos after a 9 year spell in europe which saw his play in three of the biggest leagues in europe, Spain, England and Italy. But the hype and surrounding him as a teenager at Santos was never fulfilled although we did get glimps of what he can do from time to time. His time in europe was not really a disaster but because so much was expected of his that it seems he left raw talent unfulfilled. Today we take a look at few of the Brazilian wonderkids who failed to shine in europe.

Alexandre Pato:

With one of the biggest teenager transfer from Internacional (brazil) to AC Milan saw Alexander Pato hyped up as next big thing and his first season at AC Milan as just 18 year old proved he has alot to give when he scored 26 goals in just 54 matches. But next two seasons he struggled on and off the field with injuries and lack of discipline. He not only lost his scoring touch but also pace and power which left AC Milan with no more option than to offload him and off he went back to Brazil with Corinthians where he failed to estabilish himself. He still young but his decline has been so steep, its scary.

Denilson Pereira Neves:

Denilson attracted interest from major european teams as just a 17 year old, leading Brazilian under 17 and playing like a boss with Sao Paulo. Arsenal went ahead and bought the hype but at 6 or 7 seasons at emirates he showed glimps of his talent but somehow failed to adjust to premier league pace and power. The guy had great technichal abilities on the ball, passing was great, could shoot but never translate his talent on the the pitch. Arsenal offloaded him and like other Brazilians fails he joined his native club.

Denilson de Oliveira

Real Betis paid record €31.5 million to Sao Paulo in 1998 for the services highly rated youngster Denilson who was dubbed as new Romario but boy did he disappoint. His first two seasons with Real Betis were poor and he was loaned out back to Brazilian club Flamengo. But lived up his hype and became somewhat a journeyman at very early age, he joined french club Bordeaux in 2005 on a free transfer played in Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and greece before he retired for good.

Edu (1960’s)

The youngest ever player to have selected in world cup squad back in 1966 which is a record still alive, Edu was dubbed as new Pele and got the call up for national team in three world cups. Only problem ? he played only two matches in the three world cups he was part of.


Won his first international cap for Brazil back in 2001 which turned out to be his last one as well, Geovanni was short but technichaly gifted player and Barcelona signed him in 2001. Although his time at Barcelona was horrific and short lived as he moved out of the club after just two seasons.

He has played in Portugese leage with Benfica (best time of his career), moved back to Brazil and stints at premier league clubs like Man City and Hull City.


Adriano came to Europe with one of the most explosive leftfoot shooting ability, he was big, tall and had the power and right ingrediants to be a great marksman when Inter Milan signed him in 2001. But his party boy image and alcohal problems never let him perform consistently. His time with Inter Milan was not really a disaster as he won multiple titles with them but his personal performances had been poor. He went back to Brazil with Flamengo where he left the club without playing a game and could survive three months only at Corinthians before he contract was terminated.


The guy was beast in German league with Werder Bremen, creating chances and scoring many goals. Juventus bought the hype and diego turned out to be a horrific signing for Juventus and he was loaned back to German league with Wolfsburg but he never really got going after that. He played for Atletico Madrid before joining Fenerbahce.

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