Video: Eight players who were better for their countries than for their clubs

David Healy and Stuart Elliott - Northern Ireland celebrates victory

Players from Liverpool, Arsenal and Sunderland feature.

Some players thrive once they pull on their country's shirt but cannot replicate their international exploits at club level. We take a look at eight players who performed much better for their countries than they did for their clubs.

David Healy - Northern Ireland

Healy is Northern Ireland's record goal scorer with 36 goals in 95 appearances. During his illustrious international career, he became the first Northern Ireland player to score two hat-tricks, including one in a 3-2 victory over Spain, and scored the winning goal in the famous 1-0 victory over England at Windsor Park.

In their Euro 2008 campaign, Healy became the highest ever goalscorer in a European Championship qualifying campaign as he scored 13 goals in 11 games. This impressive tally has since been matched by Poland and Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski.

Healy spent the majority of his club career in the Championship, he had productive spells at Preston North End and Leeds United. When he got his chance to play in the Premier League for both Fulham and Sunderland, he would only score 5 goals in 43 games. After a largely forgetful spell at Rangers in Scotland, he finished his career in League One with Bury.

David Healy and Stuart Elliott - Northern Ireland celebrates victoryDavid Healy is Northern Ireland's top goalscorer

Milan Baros - Czech Republic

Baros holds a respectful international goals record having scored 41 goals in 93 appearances. He is their second all-time leading scorer behind Jan Koller, who netted 55 times for the Czech Republic.

He went into the Euro 2004 campaign off the back of a disappointing campaign with Liverpool after only managing to score once in the entire Premier League season. He finished the tournament as the leading goalscorer with five goals and helped the Czech's reach the semi-finals.

Baros helped Liverpool to their 2005 Champions League triumph but a part from that had a largely disappointing club career. He endured tough spells at Aston Villa and Portsmouth as well as a controversial time in Lyon. After a more fruitful spell in Turkey with Galatasaray, the 35-year-old has spent the rest of his career back in the Czech Republic where he is still playing today.

Nicklas Bendtner - Denmark

The big Dane has a respectful record of 29 goals in 72 appearances for his country. He earned his first international cap for the senior squad at just 18-years-old.

He has played in both the European Championships and World Cup for Denmark and has been an asset for his national side despite his six-month suspension from the squad following his drink driving ban.

Despite his confidence in his abilities, Bendtner's club career has been on a downward spiral for a number of years now. Following his release from Arsenal in 2014, he had his contract terminated by German side Wolfsburg and is now playing for Rosenborg BK in Norway after Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest decided to sell him after just six months at the club.

Nottingham Forest's Nicklas Bendtner looks dejectedNicklas Bendtner's spell at Nottingham Forest only lasted six months

Lukas Podolski - Germany

After scoring the winning goal in last month's 1-0 victory over England, Lukas Podolski finished his Germany career with 49 goals in 130 appearances.

Across a 12 year spell in the national squad, the 31-year-old has a World Cup winners medal to his name as well as being a runner-up in the European Championships across the six major international tournaments he has played in.

He has played for Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter Milan but despite his list of impressive former clubs, he has not been able to replicate his international form in his club career. He has only ever unlocked his true potential across two spells at his home town club 1. FC Koln.

Miroslav Klose - Germany

Miroslav Klose is Germany's all-time leading goalscorer with 71 goals scored across 137 games. He is also the World Cup's leading goal scorer with 16 goals scored across four tournaments.

After a runners-up and two third placed finishes, Klose finally won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and announced his retirement a month after their 1-0 victory over Argentina. Germany also never lost a game in which Klose has scored in.

This could be perceived as a controversial choice considering Klose's club career was also a success. He enjoyed spells at Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and Lazio where he scored goals in abundance but when comparing it to his international career, it seems rather inferior.

Stern John - Trinidad & Tobago

At the time of writing, Stern John has scored as many international goals as Cristiano Ronaldo and just falls seven goals short of Pele's goals record for Brazil.

John finished his international career with Trinidad & Tobago in 70 goals in 115 appearances in 2011. He is the all-time CONCACAF leading goalscorer and is the only player to have ever scored in 12 consecutive international matches.

The vast majority of his career was spent in England's second tier of English football for a number of different clubs, he helped guide Birmingham City and Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League. He scored a sub-par 10 goals in his 63 Premier League games.

Jozy Altidore - USA

Altidore has found the net on 37 occasions for his country across 102 games. This is a respectable goals record.

Less can be said for his Premier League career, a record of two goals in 70 appearances for Hull City and Sunderland isn't much to brag about. Despite his success at international level, to say he has been unable to replicate it at club level would be an understatement.

The 27-year-old is playing in the MLS for Toronto FC and is back amongst the goals with 29 goals in 54 appearances for the club. Despite this, it is doubtful that there will be a queue of Premier League clubs vying for his signature.

MLS: MLS CupAltidore scored just two goals in 70 Premier League appearances

El Hadji Diouf - Senegal

Diouf burst onto the scene back in 2002 when his performances led Senegal to the World Cup quarter finals and he was named in the tournament's all-star team.

Liverpool were so impressed by his starring role in Japan/South Korea that they were convinced to sign him from RC Lens in a big money move. Diouf left Anfield with a total of 6 goals in 79 appearances to his name.

This kick started a controversial career in England, where he played for Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland. It would be fair to say that he made back page mostly for all the wrong reasons. His name will be remembered for his antics on and off the pitch rather than his ability in front of goal.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (R) confronts Blackburn's El Hadji Diouf (L)Liverpool's Steven Gerrard confronts Blackburn's El Hadji Diouf

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