Soccer is easily the most popular sport in the world. There are billions of soccer fans spread across the globe who eagerly look forward to huge leagues like the Premier League and the Champions League. Naturally, when we have a sport that inspires that much passion, fans of the sport become really invested in their favorite teams and players.
If you were to ask 10 football fans who the best soccer player in the world is, the names Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi would make an appearance. This is because of the aforementioned passion that soccer inspires. However, this passion could also go in the other direction.
If you were to ask the same ten football fans who the worst soccer player of all time is, the answer would also be diverse but the name Ali Dia. If you do not know who Ali Dia is, he was a soccer player from Senegal who is widely known as the worst soccer player of all time. His infamous reputation is so widespread that if you were to ask Google who the worst soccer player of all time was, his name would show up immediately.
Who is Ali Dia?
Ali Dia was born in Senegal in 1965. In 1996, he successfully deceived Graeme Souness into believing that he was the cousin of George Weah. In 1996, Weah had been the FIFA World Player of the year and had won the Ballon d’Or. These are two very prestigious awards, in case you had no idea.
Souness, who was the manager of Southampton, actually believed him. Dia had his friend pretend to be George Weah in a phone call where Dia was painted as this amazing player who had played for his country several times as an amazing striker. If you’re wondering how this happened, it is important that you remember that all this took place in 1995 before the internet had been developed to its current status.
Unfortunately, Souness believed Dia’s tales and signed him on a one-month contract. This is where things went downhill really quickly. Dia only needed to play one match to cement his status as the worst soccer player of all time. Even though he came on to the game as a substitute, he was swiftly replaced by another substitute after a few minutes of gameplay.
His contract was terminated almost immediately after only 14 days of being in the club. Shockingly, this experience did not teach Dia a lesson because he went on to play for other teams. His time in these teams was also rather short-lived due to his poor skills.
Why is He the Worst Player?
You may be asking yourself why Dia is the worst soccer player of all time and not someone else. Undoubtedly there are people who play soccer worse than he did. The simple answer is, none of them ever got to the Premier League for obvious reasons.
The sheer fact that Dia was actually able to play at the League despite being such a bad player is what makes him the worst soccer player of all time. Players like him usually don’t go pro. The fact that he went pro with those skills (or lack of) in addition to the lies he told to get to the league is what makes him the worst soccer player of all time.