Few Australians have shone at the very pinnacle of top class football the way Tim Cahill has.
Over his 14 years in England, first at Millwall and then with Everton, Cahill proved himself one of the best attacking midfielders around. The former Toffee has since taken that form to the MLS with New York Red Bulls, where he enjoyed an excellent season last year, scoring 12 goals in 29 games and making it into the MLS' All Star XI.
But beyond his club form, Cahill has become a superstar for the Australian national team, being the first player from that nation to ever score in a World Cup, before going on to become the country's top scorer earlier this year, and perhaps ending with his Marco van Basten like wonder goal against the Netherlands in the recent 3-2 defeat. Cahill is suspended for Australia's final game with Spain having picked up subsequent bookings in the first two group games in Brazil.
Perhaps Cahill will continue to play for the Socceroos, but if he does he may have a much shorter distance to travel, after hometown club Sydney FC disclosed that they were interested in bringing the 34-year-old back to New South Wales.
The club, and the A League lost one of its top draws recently after Alesandro del Piero departed, and are looking into bringing home one of their own as the Football Federation of Australia's marquee league player.
FFA chief executive David Gallop told the Sydney Morning Herald: "It would be fantastic to see Tim Cahill in the A-League for all the reasons we’ve seen at the World Cup.
"He’s a world-class player, one of the greatest Socceroos of all time and is enormously popular with Australian fans.
"This is an idea that is worth exploring, but there are many issues and complications to deal with."
It is reported that his wage demands would be helped through third party sponsorship and assistance from the FFA.