Football is another way of acquiring citizenship of a country, as it means one representing the country of choice.
Many footballers do not represent their country of origin. While some represent the country which they were born in, others do represent the country where they happen to find themselves.
CcnWorldTech takes a look at footballers that did not represent their country of origin.
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1. Thiago Alcantara
Thiago Alcantara is from Brazil but opted to play for Spain at the time, having played through the youth teams of Spanish national team.
2. Zinedine Zidane
Zizou, as the Real Madrid coach is most called, played for France national team.
Leaving the country of his parents, Algeria and opting to play for France where he would go on to be a superstar.
3. Ross Barkley
The England midfielder had the legibility of playing for Nigeria, the country of his father or England.
He then chose to play for England having okayed through the youth ranks of England national team.
4. Karim Benzema
The Real Madrid forward just like Zinedine Zidane is from Algeria but opted to play for France.
5. Diego Costa
The temperamental striker, played for Spanish national team, having spent time in the Spanish la Liga and also in the Spanish youth teams.
6. Raheem Sterling
Sterling plays for England despite being of Jamaican descent. He has lived in England and played through the youth teams of the country.
7. Gini Wijnaldium
Wijnaldium plays for Netherlands but could have been playing for Suriname.
8. Mesut Ozil
Ozil plays for German national team, while his country of birth is Turkey.
9. Paul Pogba
World cup winner, Paul Pogba could have been playing for his country of descent, but he chose France where he grew and has even won the prestigious World Cup with France.
Nani could have been playing with Cape Verde but rather chose to play for Portugal