Top 5 S.A footballers to make an impact abroad

5. Steven Pienaar – made his breakthrough when he was signed by Ajax Amsterdam from Ajax Cape Town. From Amsterdam Pienaar moved to England where he plays for Everton. Apart from Everton Pienaar has also played for Tottenham.

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4. Jomo Sono – is undoubtedly one of the top footballers to come out of South Africa. A deadly player during his days at Orlando Pirates Jomo Sono then moved to New York Cosmos in the United states where he played alongside the likes of Brazilian great Pele as well as Carlos Alberto Perreira.


3. Lucas Radebe – Was a top player at Kaizer Chiefs before making a big move to English side Leeds United. Radebe was a formidable defender that martialed the Leeds defense.

Football - Leeds United v Liverpool - F.A. Premier League - 23/8/99 Mandatory Credit : Action Images / Nick Potts Lucas Radebe regains his composure after scoring an own goal

2. Quinton Fortune –  is South Africa’s only footballer to win an F.A premier league crown during his days at Manchester United. Fortune also boasts of having won the Community Shield and Intercontinental cup while at Manchester where he played at left back or attacking midfield depending on Ferguson’s strategy on the day.


  1. Benni McCarthy – he is South Africa’s most decorated player to play in Europe. Benni stands as South Africa’s only footballer to win a Uefa champions league crown during his days at FC Porto in 2004. The Dutch league crown, the Portuguese Cup and league crowns are other titles Benni won. Clubs which McCarthy boasts of having played for in Europe are Ajax, Celta Vigo, FC Porto, West Ham and Blackburn Rovers.


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