5 World Cup winners you may not have known played in America

With the World cup starting on Thursday, we thought we’d pay tribute to five players who have won the trophy and played in America.

Some big names have graced US soccer in recent years but how many of these stars did you know plied their trade stateside?

1. Gerd Müller

The German International won the World Cup in 1974. He won the Golden boot at the 1970 world cup and amassed a staggering total of 68 international goals in 62 appearances.

He made the move to America in 1979 and played for three seasons with Fort Lauderdale Strikers, scoring 38 goals during his spell.

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2. Youri Djorkaeff

World Cup winner with France in 1998, the forward played for New York Red Bulls for two seasons between 2005 and 2006.

He played 40 times, scoring ten goals during his stint in the Big Apple.

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3. Alessandro Nesta

One of the more recent arrivals, Nesta won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, although he was injured in the final group match and sat out for the rest of the tournament.

Nesta is a legend and was a shock addition to the Montreal Impact squad in 2012. He played 31 times for the Canadian side before retiring.

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4. Romario

The Brazilian goal scorer won the World cup in 1994 alongside Ronaldo in what was probably the best strike force to play at a World Cup.

Romario moved to Miami in 2006 and played 25 times for them, scoring a very impressive 19 goals.

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5. Denilson

Another Brazilian that made the move to MLS, Denilson was used mainly as a substitute during the 2002 World Cup in which the Brazilians won.

Denilson played for FC Dallas in 2007, making 8 appearances.

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