As loyal as we’re to our nations, there are some who have changed their country for reasons ranging from lack of opportunity, parents being of different nationality or just good ol’ immigration for obvious reasons but turned out to be a big plus for the adopted nation achieving laurels in their sport. Today we look at few such players.
- Miroslav Klose
The second most capped player for Germany and record holder of most goals in world cup history was actually born in the Polish city of Opole to Polish parents. His father played for a local club but went on to play for Auxerre, Little Klose decided to join him. By the time he was permanent in Kaiserslautern side in 2001. He drew attention of Polish and Germany national sides. Polish tried their best but Klose chose Germany and went on to win the 2014 FIFA World cup.
- Eoin Morgan
Irish cricketer who captains English cricket team. Quite a introduction he has got on his Wikipedia page. Morgan holds the record of having scored centuries for two nations; he played for Ireland between 2006-2009 and for England since 2009. Skillful middle order batsman, he averages around 40 in ODI and is known for explosive batting towards the end of inning.
- Martina Navratilova
Former world number 1 who also holds a record for being No.1 for over 200 weeks was born in Czech Republic during communist regime. She started her career in Czech Republic as an amateur and went on to win almost all singles and doubles grand slam. After losing to Evert in the semifinals of that year’s US Open, the 18-year-old Navratilova went to the offices of the Immigration Services in New York City and informed she wants to defect the communist regime. Americans heard ‘communist’ and she had a green card within a month. My driving licence took one and a half month to be issued.
- Patrick Vieira
This famous gunner was born in Dakar, the capital and largest city of the African nation Senegal. Thanks to his grand father having served in French army, he moved to France aged 8. After making his debut for the national side in 1997, he went on to represent France 107 times including when they won World Cup in 1998 and EURO cup twice.
- Dirk Nannes
Now pretty know thanks to IPL and Delhi Daredevils, Dirk Nannes has played for Netherlands and Australia. A useful T20 bowler, known for his consistency and pace variations, he’s currently playing for CSK.
Oh yeah, he was a skier before 1999 when he finally zeroed it down to cricket.
- Marcel Desailly
With their sassy streets, upscale cafe and awesome accent, french always attracts the best. Yet another member of their world cup winning squad, Marcel was born in Accra, Ghana. His mother married the head of the French consulate in the city of his birth, and he headed to France at the age of just four.
He had the option to play for Ghana but chose France. Don’t judge.