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5 amazing footballers who never played in Europe

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European football is considered to be the best in the world. The European leagues garner the most attention worldwide and usually the best players ply their trade in Europe.

However, there are some truly amazing footballers who have never played in Europe. The list includes World Cup legends, best player in the history of the game and national heroes as well.Β 

Some absolute legends of the game have not had the urge to prove themselves away from their home countries and continents.

We take a look at 5 amazing players who never played in Europe:

#5 Yasuhito Endo

yasuhito endo

Known as the Japanese Pirlo, Yasuhito Endo is one of the greatest ever Japanese footballers. In his long 17 year career, Endo has played entirely in the Japanese league rejecting many offers to play abroad.

The 36-year old has spent the majority of his distinguished career at Gamba Osaka where he is a cult hero because of his loyalty. He has formidable passing ability, leadership, and goal scoring ability. He is also known for his excellent accuracy on free kicks and is revered as one of Japan's most creative midfielders as well as one of the most talented Japanese footballers of his generation.

Endo’s amazing consistency can be seen by the fact that he has been selected for J-League's best 11 a record 12 times. He has also been crowned as the Japanese footballer of the year in 2008.

The Japanese midfielder is an absolute legend in his country.

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Published 21 Apr 2016, 12:13 IST
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