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Forwards who only triumphed for one season

Some forwards have magnificent streaks that allow them incredible signings, but then they cannot sustain over time. Let's look at the most iconic cases .

Andy Carroll and Mario Balotelli

We tell you about some forwards who did not achieve the expected results in their new teams. / Photos: Flickr / Axel Steenberg, Football.ua

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The world of soccer transfers is often evaluated by current performance. For this reason it is common to see that before a good streak of a soccer player some clubs decide to acquire his services. However, that good streak can´t keep up in their new team. This usually happens especially with forwards.

For example, from Zona Retiro they mention Luka Jokic, the "disappointing signing of Real Madrid", who came for 60 million euros after a good season at Eintracht in Frankfurt. Despite that good resume, he could not transfer that same performance to Zidane's team, who considers him expendable.

Another example occurs with the Mexican Chicharito Hernández. The Marca Claro website considers him "one of the most disappointing signings of MLS ever," since, in his new team, Los Angeles Galaxy, he failed to replicate the performance he had several years ago. Therefore, we decided to see the forwards who only triumphed for one season and then did not have the same level again.

Maxi Lopez

We start with one of the most emblematic and recognized cases in the history of soccer. FC Barcelona paid 6.5 million euros for the Argentine forward to be in the 2005-2006 season. At that time, he was 21 years old and played for River Plate.

Throughout his 4 seasons in the millionaire institution, the forward had achieved about 16 goals in 70 games, having as his main outstanding performance a match against Boca Juniors that allowed the European teams to see him with good eyes, because that 2004 season found him at his best.

However, his time at the Blaugrana institution was quite poor: 3 goals in 19 games, despite winning two leagues and a Champions League. From there, he had different steps through teams in Europe and America, where he could never repeat those performances he had at that time.

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Andy Carroll

Another of the rams with the most irregularities in recent times. The forward rose to fame in the 2010-2011 season, when he scored 11 goals in 19 games for Newcastle, a club in which he began to present himself as a powerful left-handed striker, with a good presence in the area.

For this reason, the following season, Liverpool signed him for about 40 million euros, an incredible figure for that time. However, as revealed by the As half, he remained in the Anfield team, albeit with lean campaigns, scoring just 11 goals in 58 games.

After that, he went to West Ham United, where he stayed for several seasons, albeit as a shadow of what he used to be. Currently, he plays for Newcastle United, trying to go back to being that player who surprised in his first appearances in the Premier League.

Alexandre Pato

One of the most important Brazilian promises that could not be kept over time. Alexandre Pato had surprised everyone at AC Milan, a club in which he achieved an impressive performance in the 2010-2011 season, when he scored 14 goals in about 25 games.

However, he decided to stay for two more seasons, where he could only achieve a little, due to the injuries and irregularities of the team, which was not at its best. Therefore, the Emol media mentioned that, due to his physical problems, he could never be the same again, having irregular steps in Corinthians, São Paulo, Chelsea, Villarreal and Tianjin Quanjian.

Mario balotelli

Finally, another of the forwards in decline. In this case, we are talking about a young Italian promise who had dazzled the world, not only for his goals, but also for his attitudes. His best streak had also been reached at AC Milan, in the 2012-2013 season, where he scored 12 goals in 13 games.

The problem was that, in the following seasons, his performance decreased, reaching very little in the 2015-2016 season, where he played 20 games. Therefore, according to Transfers, he aspired to star and "ended up crashed." Before that fruitful season, he had had good steps at Inter Milan and Manchester City in England.

From there he went, without too many lights, to Liverpool in England, where he was also able to score only one goal in 16 games. A posteriori, he arrived at Nice in France, where he found an acceptable performance, although then he went to Olympique de Marseille and Brescia Calcio, where his performances were not as expected.