Analysis

Top 10 worst foreign flops in S.League history

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6. Leonardo Aleixa da Costa

Forward • Brazil • Woodlands Wellington (2011)

Leo Costa looked the part of a handy target man when he first signed for the Rams in 2011, but his physical attributes weren't necessarily matched with the technical gifts required to succeed at this level. The Brazilian's 2.03 m frame was more of an amusement than a genuine threat to opposing defenders as he struggled to make an impact up front with his poor anticipation and positioning. The only goal he scored in his half-year stint with Woodlands came against the inexperienced Young Lions a few minutes after coming on as a late substitute. It wasn't a header.

Leo Costa towered over his opponents. Photo: S.League

5. Ryan Fante

Forward • Canada • Sengkang Punggol (2010)

Speed and strength count for little when your ball control leaves much to be desired. Sengkang Punggol's second contribution to this list arrived in Singapore after a career playing mostly semi-professional football in Canada. There was also a few games with the Toronto FC reserves, with the MLS team occasionally calling up Canadian Soccer League players to fill their second team ranks. Deployed as a winger or second striker by the Dolphins in the S.League, the Canadian often outran opponents but could come up with no end product. Sengkang ended up dropping him to their Prime League team, but he fared no better there and he was quietly released after three months. Fante made a return to semi-pro football, appearing in Australia and Mongolia thereafter.