Top 10 Footballers To Play In North America
Jermain Defoe is set to head over to the MLS to play for Toronto FC following in the footsteps of many international superstars over the last 40 years. FREEbets.org.uk takes a look at the top 10 players ever to turn out in North America.
10. Carlos Alberto
The flying right back stayed longer in North America than most of the international superstars that swung by after first joining the New York Cosmos in 1977 and leaving for the second time in 1982. In between his two spells in the Big Apple he enjoyed one season with the sadly now defunct California Surf. He also managed in the USA after his playing days were over with the Miami Sharks.
9. Gordon Banks
The legendary keeper enjoyed two stints in the US, firstly on loan in 1967 with the Cleveland Stokers where he played a handful of games before returning at the age of 40 to impress for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Banks only stayed a season before returning to England to take charge of Telford United.
8. David Beckham
Becks shocked the world when he decided to head to LA Galaxy after leaving Real Madrid in 2007 as he was one of the few international stars to head to the States still in his prime. Whether or not he caused a revolution in the sport in America can be debated but he spent five years with the Galaxy playing over 100 games for the club.
7. Gerd Muller
Der Bomber is one of the greatest goal scorers of all time and he continued to find the back of the net in the US at the end of his career. He moved to Fort Lauderdale Strkers from Bayern Munich in 1979 and banged in 38 goals in three seasons before retiring in 1981.
6. Franz Beckenbauer
The German legend joined Carlos Alberto at the New York Cosmos in 1977 and spent four seasons with the club. He returned to his homeland with Hamburg for a couple of years but enjoyed his time in the US so much that he went back to the Cosmos for the last season of his career in 1983. His three titles in America added to the string of Championships he won with Bayern Munich.
5. George Best
After leaving Manchester United in 1974 Best played for a whole host of clubs and they included three stops in America with the Los Angeles Aztecs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and San Jose Earthquakes. He scored a total of 57 goals in the US so made quite an impact before finally leaving those shores in 1982.