01192018

Gareth Bale is now Britain’s second best export (so far) after another Champions League triumph with Real Madrid… Sportsmail takes a look at the top 10

Gareth Bale’s second Champions League victory with Real Madrid makes him only the second Briton after Steve McManaman to win that competition — or the European Cup — more than once with a foreign club since 1956.

Scotland’s Paul Lambert and England’s Owen Hargreaves are the only other Britons to win the trophy with a foreign club — Lambert with Dortmund in 1997 and Hargreaves at Bayern Munich in 2001. 

Four other Britons have been runners-up: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg, 1980), Laurie Cunningham (Real Madrid, 1981), Steve Archibald (Barcelona, 1986) and Chris Waddle (Marseille, 1991).

Gareth Bale poses with the Champions League trophy after winning it for a second time with Real Madrid

Gareth Bale poses with the Champions League trophy after winning it for a second time with Real Madrid

Bale (left) and Lucas Vazquez celebrate after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in the final in Milan on Saturday

Bale (left) and Lucas Vazquez celebrate after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in the final in Milan on Saturday

Welshman Bale kisses the trophy - he is now already Great Britain's second greatest footballing export

Welshman Bale kisses the trophy – he is now already Great Britain’s second greatest footballing export

So which British and Irish exports have been the biggest hits overall, not just in the biggest European competition but at major clubs in terms of titles, goals and impact? 

Sportsmail judged every contender who had at least one spell in a ‘Big Five’ European league on six criteria: longevity overseas (games), goals per game, European Cup success, other trophies, major personal honours, and economic ‘weight’ of the deal that took them abroad. 

Every player was marked out of 10 for each criterion to give us Sportmail‘s top 10 Brits abroad, with their total marks out of 60.

Our all-time top 10

1) JOHN CHARLES (Wales) 37.5/60

Leeds United’s ‘gentle giant’, never booked, joined Juventus for a British record £65,000 in 1957. He won three Serie A titles, scored 108 goals in 155 league games and was third in the 1959 Ballon d’Or.

2) GARETH BALE (Wales) 34/60 

The prolific former Southampton and Tottenham forward became the most expensive player ever with his £85.3million move to Real Madrid in 2013. He has won the Champions League twice already.

Wales' John Charles (centre) played for Juventus after joining for a British record fee of £65,000 in 1957

Wales’ John Charles (centre) played for Juventus after joining for a British record fee of £65,000 in 1957

Bale poses with Florentino Perez after joining Real Madrid from Tottenham for £85m back in September 2013

Bale poses with Florentino Perez after joining Real Madrid from Tottenham for £85m back in September 2013

3=) KEVIN KEEGAN (England) 26/60 

Keegan was Europe’s best player in 1978 and 1979 at Hamburg. His goals helped them win the German title and took them to the 1980 European Cup final, where they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. 

3=) DAVID BECKHAM (England) 26/60 

His £25m move from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2003 made global headlines. Then ‘Goldenballs’ made an on-field impact to win titles in Spain, the USA and France, also playing for Milan.

Kevin Keegan (right) was Europe's best player when he was at Hamburg in 1978 and 1979, winning the title

Kevin Keegan (right) was Europe’s best player when he was at Hamburg in 1978 and 1979, winning the title

David Beckham made many a headline in 2003 when he left Manchester United for La Liga giants Real Madrid

David Beckham made many a headline in 2003 when he left Manchester United for La Liga giants Real Madrid

5) STEVE McMANAMAN (England) 24/60

The former Liverpool ‘Spice Boy’ was hugely popular at Real Madrid, winning two league titles and two Champions League trophies among other silverware between 1999 and 2003.

6) OWEN HARGREAVES (England) 23.5/60 

Canadian-born, he is unique in the list in starting his career abroad with Bayern. Won four league titles and is still the only English player to win the Champions League (since 1993) with two clubs (Bayern then Man Utd).

Steve McManaman (centre), pictured after winning the Champions League final with Real Madrid in May 2000

Steve McManaman (centre), pictured after winning the Champions League final with Real Madrid in May 2000

Owen Hargreaves won four league titles during a very impressive stint in Germany with Bayern Munich

Owen Hargreaves won four league titles during a very impressive stint in Germany with Bayern Munich

7) GARY LINEKER (England) 19.5/60

Lineker left Everton for £2.8m to spend three years at Barcelona in the wake of the 1986 World Cup. His goals helped Barca to trophies at home (the Copa) and in Europe (the Cup-Winners’ Cup).

8) LAURIE CUNNINGHAM (England) 18/60

The former West Brom winger played in the 1981 European Cup final with Real Madrid, who lost 1-0 to Liverpool. He won the league and two domestic cups en route to becoming a Bernabeu cult hero.

Gary Lineker's goals at Barcelona helped the Nou Camp club to trophies both at home and in Europe

Gary Lineker’s goals at Barcelona helped the Nou Camp club to trophies both at home and in Europe

Laurie Cunningham played in the 1981 European Cup final with Real Madrid, but his side lost out to Liverpool

Laurie Cunningham played in the 1981 European Cup final with Real Madrid, but his side lost out to Liverpool

9) CHRIS WADDLE (Eng) 16/60 

Waddle’s £4.5m move to Marseille in 1989 made him the world’s third most costly player. He won three French titles and played in the 1991 European Cup final, which Marseille lost to Red Star on penalties.

10) TONY CASCARINO (Republic of Ireland) 14/60

The striker’s six years in France from 1994 with Marseille then Nancy produced more than 100 league goals in 193 games, and the nickname ‘Tony Goal’ as well as two second-tier titles.

Places 11-20: Steve Archibald, David Platt, Liam Brady, Trevor Francis, Jimmy Greaves, Mark Hateley, Paul Lambert, Glenn Hoddle, John Aldridge, Tony Woodcock

Chris Waddle (centre) became the world's third most costly player when he left Spurs for Marseille in 1989

Chris Waddle (centre) became the world’s third most costly player when he left Spurs for Marseille in 1989

Tony Cascarino makes it into the top 10 exports list after a successful six years in France in the late 1990s

Tony Cascarino makes it into the top 10 exports list after a successful six years in France in the late 1990s

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