Gaming Heroes: 10 highly rated players in Football Manager who flopped in real life
Back when CM was a shiny new game for the world of football, no one knew the name Makshim Tsyhalka.
He was a Belarusian playing with Dinamo Minsk in CM 01/02 and his net worth was only £2 million.
Yet both big and small team managers wanted him because with the right grooming he had potential to become a Lionel Messi-type player.
Due to bugs and limited technology back then, he netted over 100 goals in a season.
In real life: Things were quite the opposite. He hung up his boots at the age of 26 in 2009 due to series of injuries.
He was a wonder kid of CM 97/98 who made Dennis Bergkamp’s ratings seem tiny. If you played the game during that period of time, you were sure to have come across the name Ibrahima Bakayoko.
A star striker aged 20 (in the game) from Montpellier, he had outstanding ratings in technique, finishing, speed and strength. With the right training he could become a perfect striker, like Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba combined.
In real life: The Evertonians might remember him as the Toffees bought him for £4.5 million from Montpellier. Did the ratings from the game play a part in making the deal happen?
Regardless he made just 23 appearances in England and netted only four goals, earning himself the nickname “Baka-joke-o” from the fans.