Players aren’t always good enough to choose, others are tied down to one – but some players careers could have been far different had they made the choice to play for a different country. Whilst natives from one place may loathe the rejection of one of their home natives, another country can benefit massively in the big tournaments.
Some of football’s best players have had a big decision to make, it’s fair to say that in some cases – it’s a pretty straight forward one.
Christian Benteke (DR Congo)
He probably didn't want to play alongside Yannick Bolasie at the DRC.
Giuseppe Rossi (USA)
Born in the United States, Rossi could have lit up the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Gonzalo Higuain (France)
Gonzalo Higuain was actually born in France and was called up as a teenager to the France squad.
Brazil definitely could have done with this man at their embarrassing World Cup exit.
Paul Pogba (Guinea)
Pogba's decision may be why Guinea failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations this month. Blame, Paul.
Robert Pires (Spain or Portugal)
Simply spoilt for choice. Pires had parents from both Spain and Portugal.
We reckon he made the right choice considering France's success in '98 and 2000!
Patrick Vieira (Senegal)
Born in Senegal, Vieira had no interest in playing alongside El Hadji Diouf.
David Trezeguet (Argentina)
A Juventus legend. Argentina's fortunes in the 2000's could have been much different with this man.
Nani (Cape Verde)
Born in Cape Verde, but we're fairly sure he's made the right choice here. Shame though, he's probably missed the chance of having a statue.
It would have been interesting to have seen this man in Brazil's colours.
Lukas Podolski (Poland)
Stolen by the Germans, but it gets worse... ->
Miroslav Klose (Poland)
Poland natives must hate their neighbours. At least Robert Lewandowski can keep them sane.
Marcel Desailly (Ghana)
Another Ghanaian who didn't fancy playing for the Black Stars.
Lillian Thuram (Guadeloupe)
A no brainer for the French man here.
Ivan Rakitic (Switzerland)
Switzerland won't be happy with this one. Who could turn down a midfield partnership with Luka Modric though?
French fans will have to simply sit back and imagine the dissolved possibility of Gonzalo Higuain partnering Antoine Griezmann. With Karim Benzema focusing on blackmailing women, France were left with Olivier Giroud and Andre Pierre Gignac. To be fair, Giroud didn’t do too badly, but Gignac got way too much playing time. That final would have been very different with Higuain playing for Les Bleus.