Top Five: British footballers abroad - featuring Leeds, Tottenham legends

Leeds, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool players have all tested themselves abroad.


On this day in 1997, Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League.

Playing against a much fancied Juventus side, Dortmund secured a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Karl-Heinz Riedle and Lars Ricken,

However, it was the performance on one player which went highly lauded - that of Paul Lambert.

Signed on a free transfer at the beginning of that season, Lambert assisted the opening goal, as well as marking Zinedine Zidane out of the game.

It was the only year he spent in Germany, but he is considered a hero at Dortmund, and to celebrate their success we look at five more players to have played abroad.

David Beckham

Spells with Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG followed him making his name at Manchester United, and he is the ultimate player to have excelled abroad. Known throughout the entire world, he impressed wherever he played, and built a reputation as one of the most well respected men in modern day football.

Steve McManaman

Moved to Madrid a few years before Beckham, and truly set the club on their way to accepting British players. Spent four years at the Bernabeu, winning two La Liga’s, and two Champions League. Became a cult hero at the club due to his admiration for the local area and people.

Paul Gascoigne 

Moving to Lazio in 1992, Gazza’s career in Italy never got off the ground. He arrived at the club despite having endured a year-long injury the previous season, and managed just 43 games in three years. Recovered enough after that to play for Rangers, but he never reached the full potential man expected of him.

John Charles

One of the first players to play professional abroad, Charles moved from leeds to Juventus is 1957 and scored 108 goals in 155 games. A legend at both Elland Road and in Turin, he is regarded as one of the best players of all time, and was named as the best ever foreign player to play for Juve at their 1997 centenary celebrations.

Gary Lineker

Lineker moved to Barcelona in 1986 after playing for both Leicester and Everton, scoring 42 goals in 103 appearances for the club. He won the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners’ Cup whilst in Catalonia, earning his move to Camp Nou after winning the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup. Lost his place when Johan Cruyff was named manager, who played him on the right side of midfield rather than as a striker.

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