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7 British Players Who Succeeded When Playing Abroad

It's not often British players make moves abroad, but when they do, it often goes well; today, we see the likes of Gareth Bale thriving in La Liga and Oliver Burke, despite being a controversial signing, showing real promise and talent in the Bundesliga after making an immediate impact.


However, for every Gary Lineker there is a Jonathan Woodgate - still, this list is to reminisce about those players who made it abroad, and put their stamp on football outside of the UK. 


So without further ado, here's seven British players who have succeeded when playing abroad...

7. David Beckham - Real Madrid, AC Milan and PSG

David Beckham is, was and forever will be a global icon. 


The legendary English midfielder made his mark on foreign turf when making his move to Real Madrid in 2003 after winning everything he could with Manchester United.


Despite having his ups and downs in Spain, the former England man made his mark and played a crucial rule in winning La Liga in his final season.


Becks moved on to conquer the MLS with La Galaxy between 2007 and 2012, where he won two MLS cups and enjoyed successful loan spells with AC Milan, before helping PSG win their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years in 2012

6. Kevin Keegan - Hamburg

Kevin Keegan departed Liverpool for Hamburg, Germany in 1977, looking rather much like the David Luiz of the time. He became Germany's highest paid player and initially struggled to live up to expectations - as frustration grew, he even ended up punching an opposing player in a friendly and was consequently banned for violent conduct


However, he turned things around and hit twelve goals that season before winning the 1978 European footballer of the year award. 


Keegan then lead Hamburg to their first league title in 19 years and once again picked up the award for European footballer of the year. 


He ended his last Bundesliga season in less spectacular fashion, just missing out on the title and losing in the European Cup final to Nottingham Forest.

5. Chris Waddle - Marseille

Chris Waddle, later known as the 'Merlin of Marseille', managed three great seasons across the Channel in France with Marseille, winning three consecutive Ligue 1 titles and coming very close to a European Cup, only missing out on penalties in 1991.


The former England international was such a big hit in the Southern area of France that he was actually named the club's second best player of the century in 1998, ahead of the likes of Didier Deschamps.

4. Paul Lambert - Borussia Dortmund

Most of us probably recognise Paul Lambert from his managerial days with Norwich and Aston Villa, but the Scotsman endured a successful playing career as well.


Lambert became the first ever Scottish player to win the European Cup, when he won the converted trophy with Borussia Dortmund in 1997, after he marked Zinedine Zidane out the game and provided a crucial assist that took his side 1-0 up.


However, he didn't stay in Germany for long and returned back to his homeland with Celtic after just over a year with Dortmund.

3. Steve McManaman - Real Madrid

Scouse hero Steve McManaman left Liverpool on a free-transfer for the heights of Real Madrid in 1999. He quickly established himself as an important player, much to the surprise of many..


Winning the Champions League in his first season, he scored a sublime volley in the final and earned the Man of the Match award.


In the following three years, he won La Liga twice and the Champions League once more before returning to English football with Manchester City.

2. Glenn Hoddle - AS Monaco

Glenn Hoddle - alongside Mark Hateley - played a big role in Arsene Wenger's Monaco winning their first Ligue 1 trophy in six years back in 1987, following a move from Tottenham.


The Englishman enjoyed a fruitful stay with the club, picking up the country's best foreign player award after scoring 20 goals that title winning season in France.

1. Gary Lineker - Barcelona

The popular Match of the Day presenter signed for Barcelona back in 1986, following his heroics at the 1986 World Cup, which saw him win the coveted golden boot.


Despite not adding any trophies to his collection in his first season, he managed 21 goals. The following year he won the Copa Del Rey, followed by the Cup Winners' Cup the next campaign. 


He returned to English shores with Spurs in 1989.