Sometimes, footballers just do not fulfil their potential in what can be a brutally ruthless world.
In Royston Drenthe's case, it may not have been talent, but application which saw his career nosedive at an alarming rate.
Tipped as the next 'big thing' to come out of Benelux, when he made the move from Feyenoord to Real Madrid, the winger quickly stagnated and failed to recapture the promise shown as an U21 international for the Netherlands.
A loan move to Everton in 2011/12 did little to improve his decline, scoring four goals in total, before being released by UAE club Baniyas in July 2016.
Since then, the 29-year-old has failed to find a new employer so instead, has embarked on a new career path, rap music.
Yeah, you did read the correctly.
The Dutchman now goes under the name 'Roya2Faces' and has just released his first song, Paranoia. The track can be listened to below:
Surprisingly this is not Drenthe's first dabble in the music business. Back in 2014, the former wide man recorded a song entitled 'Tak Takie' with Rotterdam-born rapper, U-Niq.
Speaking this week, as quoted in the Daily Mail, Drenthe posted via his Instagram account: "Next Wednesday is the day!
"Be ready because at 12:00 I drop my first single called Paranoia.
"Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, like, share and tag all your friends because there are still very nice things. Stay tuned!"
Quite the career change for a man who made 65 appearances for Real Madrid in just three years.
The Dutchman lead quite a journeyman career there after though, appearing for Hercules, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Russian club,