Michael Owen, Joe Cole and Fernando Torres burned out after emerging as teenage stars... is Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney the latest to join the list?
As Wayne Rooney faces increasing questions over his future in the game, the issue of footballer burn out has come to the fore.
From Michael Owen to Joe Cole and Fernando Torres, countless wonder kids have fizzled out after scaling wondrous heights in their teenage years.
Sportsmail look at some of the most infamous, and some less so, to burn out before reaching what should have been the peak years of their career...
MICHAEL OWEN CV Liverpool 1997-2004
297 appearances, 158 goals
Real Madrid 2004-05
45 appearances, 16 goals
79 appearances, 30 goals
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