5 Football legends who never played for Their native countries
Former Bayern Munich and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski was born in the Polish city of Gliwice.
A year later, Podolski accepted a call-up to the German squad. Today he has 126 caps and 48 goals for Germany, winning the 2014 World Cup and finishing second at Euro 2008
He is one of the most famous French football players of all time, widely regarded as a master of the fundamentals and techniques of the game.
He is known for his excellent control and dribbling skills, his magic ball touch, his focused vision and great leadership traits.
He is the youngest of five siblings and he is from Kabyle in Algerian. His parents, Smaïl and Malika, immigrated to Paris from the village of Aguemoune in the Berber-speaking region of Kabylie in northern Algeria in 1953 before the start of the Algerian War.
His excellence in football has bestowed him some coveted awards such as the FIFA World Player of the Year thrice, and the Ballon D’Or once.
During his active soccer years, no player would surpass the way he controlled and received the ball. He scored 31 goals, out of his 108 international outings.
Another international who was not born in Portugal is former Manchester United winger Nani. The talented but inconsistent wide man was born on the island of Cape Verde.
Nani made his Portugal debut in 2006 and has since won 88 caps for the country
A Brazilian-born player who doesn’t represent his native country, former Arsenal striker Eduardo was born in the Brazilian capital of Rio, but plays his international football for Croatia.
He moved to Croatia at the age of 16 when he joined Dinamo Zagreb in 1999. Eduardo made his debut Croatia under-21s in 2004, with his chances of international football with Brazil looking unlikely.
He made his full debut a year later, and won 64 caps for Croatia, scoring 29 goals before retiring in 2014 following the World Cup
The former Real Madrid, Napoli, AC Milan, Chelsea and current Juventus striker was born in Brest, France, as his father – also a footballer – was playing in France at the time.
Higuain holds a French passport and had to apply for Argentine nationality in 2007 in order to play for the national team.
He was successful and to date has 75 caps and 31 goals for Argentina.