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6 Greatest Canadian Players Of All Time

Canada isn’t famous for being great at men’s football or for producing top players. Ice hockey is more their thing.

It isn’t common to see Canadians in the big European leagues but, with that being said, there have been a fair few notable exceptions over the years.

Here is a list of some of the best Canadian players of all time.

1. Randy Samuel

His strong and physical manner on the ball made him a top defender and it was a quality that let him shine overseas too.

This came through stints in both Holland with PSV Eindhoven where he was part of the squad that won 2 Eredivisie Titles in 1986 and 1987.

This strong run also saw him shine at a golden point for the Canadian national team where he was part of the 1985 Gold Cup winning squad and the squad that reached the 1986 World Cup.

2. Alex Bunbury

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Alex Bunbury eye for goal and tenacious ability earned him plenty of plaudits and caught the eye of West Ham in England who signed him in 1992.

Bunbury would struggle in English football moving away after one season to join Portuguese side Maritimo.

He bagged 11 goals in the 1994-95 season earning him the league’s Foreign Player of the Year award.

He carried this form to eventually finish up with 59 goals for the club – their then-record goalscorer ever in the Portuguese top flight.

3. Craig Forrest

For much of the late 20th century, Craig Forrest was the face of Canadian football overseas.

Much of this success was down to his development and rise in English football.

Having debuted with Ipswich Town in 1985, Forrest became a mainstay at Portman Road for well over a decade.

His never-say-die attitude and quick reactions won plaudits from many in English football and Forrest was a regular in the Premier League in the 1990s.

After Ipswich were relegated, Forrest moved briefly to Chelsea and then to West Ham.

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4. Dwayne De Rosario

Capable of playing almost anywhere in attack or midfield, Dwayne De Rosario was a handful for defences to cope with.

His mazy runs and powerful shots made him a threat no matter who he played for.

Most of De Rosario’s best form came in the MLS both north and south of the border.

His best form would come with Toronto FC where he scored 15 goals in 37 games in 2010.

His form was recognized throughout his career making 7 consecutive MLS All-Star appearances from 2005-2012.

5. Atiba Hutchison

With a physical presence that easily shields defenders whilst having the technical skills to deliver devastating set pieces, Hutchison has starred for many European sides.

This has included FC Copenhagen, PSV Eindhoven and Besiktas.

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He has won plaudits wherever he went including a spot in FC Copenhagen’s All-Time XI and no less than three Turkish Super Lig titles with Besiktas.

This has seen Hutchison win a record 6 Canadian Player of the Year Awards and with over 90 caps for the national side, he is their all-time appearance holder.

6. Alphonso Davies

After 8 goals in the 2018 MLS season, Davies joined Bayern Munich where his style completely changed.

Davies’ ever-developing game saw him become a regular at the Allianz Arena.

His efforts have not gone unrecognized either winning Bundesliga Newcomer of the Season in 2020 and earning spots in both the 2020 and 2021 Bundesliga All-Star XI.

If you add 3 Canadian Player of the Year awards and a spot in the 2020 FifPro XI, Davies is no doubt set to become of Canada greatest players of all time.

 

 

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