Popular international footballers who are not so good at club level


  • Claudio Bravo

Bravo faced a torrid time since he left Barcelona for Manchester City. Occasional blunders, hesitant decision-making, and being voted as one of the worst transfers of 2016/17, Bravo is a completely different player when he stands between the sticks for Chile.

Chile’s most capped player and captain, Bravo has shown indomitable spirit, and his recent heroics against Portugal paired with two Copa America titles have already placed him in the Chilean folklore.


  • Lukas Podolski

A technically gifted winger who could also play anywhere on the front line, Podolski’s club career never took off. Best known for his Arsenal days, Podolski was never considered to be an Arsenal great. Despite this Podolski has been capped 130 times for Germany, and is one of the finest German players of all time.

Podolski played a significant role in Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph, and the pacey forward who can drill the ball hard with his left foot has found the net 49 times for Die Mannschaft.


  • Andre Schurrle

Germany has always gifted some of the most technically corrected players, and Andre Schurrle certainly belongs to that category. Pace and skill combined with stamina and finesses, Schurrle could never light up the club stage despite appearing 57 times for Germany.

He had few decent stints with Chelsea and Wolfsburg, but his latest move to Borussia Dortmund is nothing to boast about. However, he is a national hero back in his country and who can forget the perfect cross that he delivered in 2014 FIFA World Cup final that was converted by Mario Gotze.


  • Bruno Alves

The tall and brawn Portuguese who has been criticized for not having decent footballing acumen has always found it tough to get going at the club level. However, the sturdy defender has been a regular figure for the Selecaos and has been capped 93 times.

Bruno Alves might not belong to the breed of typical central defenders, but he has the ability to get the work done, and Portugal has benefitted greatly from his services over the decade.


  • Ivan Perisic

There are only a few wingers in World football who can play with the same intensity throughout the match. Ivan Perisic is a nightmare for defenders due to his sheer pace and wonderful acceleration from the wing. Despite being such a hard-working player, Perisic is a relatively unknown figure in club football.

He currently plies his trade for Inter Milan, but he is best known for his services for Croatia. He has been a dominant figure for the Croats and has been capped 57 times.


  • NicklasBendtner

Quite a comical figure in among the footballing fraternity, Bendtner has had an unforgettable club career. He has featured for some of the elite European clubs such as Arsenal, Juventus, and Wolfsburg, but he has seldom found any success.

However, he is a cult figure in Denmark and has been capped 74 times in his career. The tall number 9 has always brushed off his club woes and has been a significant figure for his country.


  • Paulinho

It is still a mystery as to why Paulinho decided to play in China with many European clubs ready to spill out good money. A delightful central midfielder who can operate as an attacking mid as well, Paulinho gained success after a brilliant 2013 Confederations Cup.

He has been an integral part of Tite’s resurgent Brazil, and will look to eradicate the painstaking 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup. Paulinho has won 41 caps for Brazil, and with age by his side he can surely rack up the numbers.


  • Renato Augusto

Another dynamic Brazilian central midfielder, Renato Augusto can play anywhere in the midfield and has got numerous tricks up his sleeves. He has played for Corinthians and Bayer Leverkusen in the past, but couldn’t manage to grab a stranglehold on club success.

Transferring to China meant his club career couldn’t get any worse, but his performance for his country has never been in question. Capped 21 times, Renato will play a vital role in Brazil’s 2018 World Cup campaign.


  • Kyle Lafferty

A relatively unknown figure in World football, Kyle Lafferty has played much of his club football in English second division. He has lacked the cutting edge in front of goal and has reached the double figure mark twice in his career.

However, his stats for his country Northern Ireland are certainly enviable. Scoring 20 goals in 62 appearances, Lafferty seems to regain his composure and finesse in front of the goal for his country.


  • Rafael Marquez

An elegant central defender who can also play as a defensive midfielder, Marquez was best known for his time in Barcelona. The 38-year old Mexican has left top-flight football since 2007 but somehow managed to keep his place intact in the national team.

A 141 cap veteran, Marquez does not feature heavily due to age and promising young players coming through the rank, but he has shown glimpses of his suave past that once catapulted him into the path of glory.


  • AsamoahGyan

A robust and brawn number 9, Gyan fits the definition of a ‘journeyman’. Stints in Italy, England, and China made the World realize that he has little to offer in club football. Currently plying his trade in Dubai, Gyanis a completely different player when he puts on his nation colours.

Capped 103 times for Ghana, Gyan has scored 50+ international goals and is a national hero back in his nation.


  • Vincent Jannsen

A tall and tenacious striker, Jannsen is still young but has lacked quality in club football. Signed for Spurs in 2016, Jannsen scored only twice in 27 appearances, the majority of them coming from the bench.

Despite this, he has cemented his place as the number 1 striker for his country Netherlands. Capped 13 times, Jannsen has been brilliant for the Dutch in the World Cup qualifiers.


  • Eduardo Vargas

It is incomprehensible as to why Vargas couldn’t succeed at club level. A gifted striker, who is currently the second highest goal scorer for his country Chile in 76 appearances, Vargas now plays for Tigres UANL.

Vargas has been a vital part of Chile’s back to back Copa America successes, and he could go on to become Chile’s leading goal scorer of all time.


  • Jean Beausejour

The gigantic Chilean, who seldom gets tired even after going on marauding runs down the flank all day long, Beausejour has played a majority of his club football in Chile. With his ability to attack and defend with equal efficiency, Beausejour is part of Chile’s golden generation.

Capped 94 times, Beausejour has been pivotal in Chile’s back to back Copa America successes, although his club football CV is nowhere near impressive.