Donovan is definitely a legend

Realistically who can we see being in the next instalment. You have all your zidanes, maradonas, Gascoigne, beckhams. But they have to cater for all nationalities. Who do you think they will bring in.

Donovan is definitely a legend for all he’s done for the game in the U.S. Also for what he’s done with the national team. I think he should get like an 83-84 legend card.

He is the all-time leading scorer for Northern Ireland with 36 goals, and also holds the record for the highest scoring tally during a UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign with 13.

He scored a hattrick against Spain when they were at the height of their powers in a thrilling 4-3 win and he scored a winner against England on an amazingly memorable night at Windsor park.

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Hope I’m working though because personally would love Maradona, George Best, Puscas, Di Stefano, Platini, Baggio, Eusebio, Zico, Garrincha ect too many to name.

Well he is 1st in USMNT history in career goals, 1st in USMNT history in career assists, 1st in MLS history in career goals, and 1st in MLS history in career assists. Not many leagues or nations have a single, polarizing figure like Donovan.

He’s also hugely influential in the development of MLS (est. 1993) and in popularizing the sport in the US over the past 15 years. “Legend” status doesn’t just have to be about competing at the highest level in Europe.

The one-club man who spent his entire career at Southampton, saving them from relegation multiple times and becoming the first midfielder to score 100+ Premier League goals. He is also known as one of the best penalty takers of all time, converting 47 out of 48 spot-kicks he took.

During this 10 year spell, Le Tissier was given the PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as being in the PFA Team of the Year and winning numerous Player of the Month awards.

Overall he scored 161 goals in 443 appearences for Southampton and is one of the few members of the PL 100 club, being 1 of the 4 midfielders on the list.He has also scored some of the best goals in Premier League history, if you’re not aware of his work, here’s some of the best goals that he scored.

There are lots of examples of non-Europeans flopping in Europe, and lots of examples of Europeans flopping outside of Europe, but it doesn’t mean they can’t have legendary careers. It’s possible to appreciate performances in continents other than your own.

I get that for American “soccer” fans he is a hero and a legend of their league but he is not a legend of world football. Not anymore than the likes of David Healy for Northern Ireland.The market shouldn’t be over saturated with legends and while its fun to debate “lower rated” legends, they should never be a thing.

I’m sure both of those are excellent candidates and had great careers in England, but would either be considered top 10 English players of all time? Top 20?

Compare that to player like Landon Donovan (or could use any influential, lesser-rated player from around the globe as an example), who is arguably the best player from an entire continent (both league and internationally). That has to count for something.

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