Greatest ever British export: Poll

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Britain’s Greatest Football Player

A couple of weeks ago I released the greatest British exports blog, dedicated to players who’d succeeded overseas during my lifetime. As promised, I’ve since collated all the names of those players you continuously mentioned, as we find the greatest British export of all time.

So here we have it, 17 players who have amazed, entertained and continuously graced the foreign leagues. But who do you think deserves the title?

Who is the great ever British export?

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NUFCstan
NUFCstan

Got to be becks not just for the player he is but the man he is off the field as well

NUFCstan
NUFCstan

Got to be becks not just for the player he is but the man he is off the field as well

RobHamilton
RobHamilton

Gentleman John Charles What a player and ambassador of the beautiful game 

Brightonfortitle
Brightonfortitle

Mcmanaman made a name for himself in a great side, came from a good Liverpool side & had expectations- he delivered.

JohnnyBizzel
JohnnyBizzel

Keegan with 2 European player of the year awards was my vote but on second thoughts, John Charles' spent more time in Italy at the top level than all the rest. World class centre forward and centre back.

Ruanisma
Ruanisma

Super Chris of course! Allez l'OM!

AliKant
AliKant

Come on... Chris Waddle, what else?

The sturoy
The sturoy

Befor looking at the list I always thought paul lambert. Having read it I'm sticking with it. He made the holding role himself and while with Dortmund he done it better than anyone since(bold statement). A great player who always gave his all and also a legend at my club st mirren. Forget Celtic it's paisley where his heart is.

SFTB
SFTB

Weird that Keegan who won European POTY with Hamburg and Lambert who collected a CL winner's medal with Dortmund lie behind Gascoigne who was a failure in Italy and Lineker who did not win La Liga with Barca.

 

Looks like we're voting on most popular England player rather than the player who made most impact abroad.

 

I would commend Johnny Madden but you may not have heard of him as he never won an England cap :-)

vons
vons

George Best; Jimmy greaves; Liam Brady; etc. can't vote if list not complete.

Skudlooking
Skudlooking

Can't see how beckham can be above lineker or charles find people who take the easy vote quite bizarre

Bgraham15
Bgraham15

Most of the guys were established internationals before they went abroad but Lambert was plucked from obscurity and achieved god like status in one season with Dortmund and never looked back for Celtic and Scotland

Westm180
Westm180

The trail blazers,it really was a huge thing in those early years so John Charles get my vote but Gerry Hitchens must get a mention

Lone_Piper
Lone_Piper

Surprised Joe Jordan was not on the shortlist. Was loved by the fans during his time with AC Milan.

finnmo
finnmo

Paul lambert played in every game for Dortmund in the champions league the year they won it.

He was outstanding in the final,name me one other british player with that CV.

Blaenboy
Blaenboy

John Charles was voted Greatest Foreign Player ever in Serie A , beating Diego Maradona ! David Beckham ????? wise up you idiots !

 

Beltonian
Beltonian

it seems a pity but, obviously, the majority of your pollsters never had an opportunity (as I did) to see John Charles in his pomp as he dominated Italian football.  A wonderful player and, unlike others here, could play in a variety of positions both attack and defence.  A great man on and off the field..

 

PaulSavage
PaulSavage

Paul Lambert went from a bit part player in a small provincial team(Motherwell), to marking Zidane out of the CL final in a very short space of time.

 Hitzfeld could spot a player.An all time Celtic legend in my eyes.Roy of the Rovers stuff.Basically unknown until he moved to Germany.

SharadAnanthanarayan
SharadAnanthanarayan

If you look at it purely in terms of how they played and what they achieved, STRICTLY ONLY ABROAD, for me its only really a toss-up between Macca and Chris Waddle.  I'd personally go with Macca simply because he achieved what none of the others could. He was an integral member of a Real Madrid team who won the Champions League TWICE, scoring in one final and against Barcelona in the semi-final on the second occasion. 

 

Specifics apart, best British export by a mile simply due to his importance in an all conquering Real Madrid team.

 

PhilippePalvini
PhilippePalvini

Chris Waddle   becomes a bigger player while he was playing with Olympique de Marseille  and hd won quite  everything there.. Others are all great  players but move  outside exgland  at the end of  their carreer

Murrad43
Murrad43

I really do think beckham has done wonders over seas, and still is playing great in the states

 

PascalGourmelon
PascalGourmelon

chris waddle the best player at marseille.thanks chris and good luck joey 

 

SharadAnanthanarayan
SharadAnanthanarayan

Steve Mcmanaman. Man of the Match in the 2000 final and also scored in it. Won it again in 2002. 

SharadAnanthanarayan
SharadAnanthanarayan

 @PaulSavage True but again, the key being "Celtic legend." Given that we're talking of British exports, he only had one season abroad so I doubt he comes close to matching Waddle and Macca's feats on the continent.  

seanaldo70
seanaldo70

 @PhilippePalvini

 are you kidding? kevin keegan went to hamburg and won european player twice, the league title and the european cup before coming "home" to end his career!! know the facts first philippe.