The rip-roaring portion of football for fans is the prospect of being able to envisage animated, and in some cases, unrealistic situations. Situations where you could see your team winning the biggest honors year in, year out. Situations, where you can hope the club you support, sign the most supremely talented players in every summer window. Situations where you hope that a player from another country could represent the country you support and supply that extra bit of spark your nation is sorely missing.
If you were to say that dual nationality is the biggest double-edged sword for a footballer, your statement will most definitely be conceived as some sort of a wisecrack. Very rarely has there been an existence of a vendible which is so conflicting in nature. On one hand, it provides a fresh lease of life to a professional pining to represent a nation and earn the love and support of the country he represents, whilst incongruously, it also creates an ugly rift between a player and the fans of the nation he or she have snubbed.
There are a plethora of things in life which are more important than football but for some, football is everything. The assemblage that lives and breathes with this ideology take matters related to football to heart and a perfect and most recent example of this was the reception England midfielder Dele Alli received when Nigeria played the Three Lions at Wembley. The Tottenham star was subjected to a barrage of boos and abuses every time he touched the ball.
Although Alli has a bit of reputation for diving which tends to get rival fans pretty riled up, the reason for him being jeered by fans of the Super Eagles was because of his decision to snub them and represent England instead. Alli was eligible to represent Nigeria through his father Kehinde, who was a university student in England at De Montfort University in Leicester.
We take a look at the superstars of some countries who could’ve potentially represented other countries, like Alli, but decided not to.