PLAYER: Ali Dia, Southampton
DATE: 11/23/1996
COMPLEX SAYS: In one of the biggest frauds in sports history, Senegalese footballer Ali Dia duped Southampton manager Graeme Souness into believing he was the cousin of George Weah and that his resume included impressive national performances for the Senegal national football team. Souness signed Dia to a one month contract. However, when he took the pitch it was immediately realized that his level of play wasn't anywhere near the level it was perceived to be. In his one-game Premier League career, Dia's performance against Leeds United was described as "like Bambi on ice; it was very, very embarrassing to watch." Dia played for total of 52-minutes and was released shortly afterward. Sounds pretty damn similar to our version of a draft bust.