We leave you here a list of real cracks with their clubs that for one reason or another did not have the same success when they played for their national team:
The Spanish player of Argentine origin is one of the great geniuses in the history of football. At Real Madrid he is the best footballer ever together with Cristiano Ronaldo, and both have won 5 European Cups. However, with the Spanish team he never had too much prominence. Only 6 years old with 31 games and did not play any World Cup.
Bernd Schuster is a legend in our league. The German was a fantastic midfielder, and the only player in history who was at Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. However, he stopped going with the Manschaft at age 23. The reason is that he refused to play a friendly because of the birth of his first child. At least it gave him to win a Eurocup
The Italian has a brilliant career, in which he excelled at clubs such as Naples or Parma, but above all he became a star at Chelsea. Despite this, he barely played 35 games for the Italian national team and was a substitute at the 1994 World Cup.
Éric Cantona is an icon of Manchester United, the Premier League and football in general. For his quality as a player and for his special character. However, with the French team he could never shine. He barely played a European Championship in his 8 years as an international.
The quality that Fernando Redondo always had is undeniable. He was an exquisite player, who managed the Real Madrid midfield game in the 90s. With the whites he won two Champions, but Passarella did not call him to go with the Albiceleste team. It is said that it is because he refused to cut his hair.
Carlos Vela’s history with the Mexican national team has always been one of love-hate. He made his debut when he was just 18 years old, and at only 21 he was separated after the famous party at the concentration hotel. Four years he was without going, despite the fact that the country was clamoring for him to be summoned. Then he alternated times, until in 2018 he ended his career with El Tri after the World Cup in Russia.
Riquelme’s career can be summed up in two clubs in which he is a legend: Villarreal and Boca Juniors. Especially in the second, he left an indelible mark for his quality and his technical level. In the albiceleste he never assumed that responsibility and was always in the shadow of other footballers less gifted than him. Despite debuting at the age of 19, he went three without going afterwards and could only play the 2006 World Cup, where they fell in the quarterfinals against Germany (1-1 and 4-2 on penalties).
Víctor Valdés is the best goalkeeper in the history of Barcelona. He was chosen by Rijkaard in his stage of Barça’s ‘rebirth’, indisputable for Guardiola in his 4 glorious years and in the two subsequent years as well. His career was only cut short by a serious injury. However, in the Spanish team he had no luck. He coincided with the best goalkeeper in history, Casillas, and had hardly any chances. Of course, in the few in which he was required to comply perfectly.
The truth is that Karim is doing a lot of merits to get off this list. However, it is undeniable that he has not been able to show off everything he deserves with France. Basically because he was pushed aside by Deschamps from 2015 to 2021, for a blackmail scandal with Valbuena. In that time he won 3 Champions with Real Madrid and above all, he missed the great title of Les Bleus: the World Cup in Russia.
A case very similar to that of Víctor Valdés. Ter Stegen has won everything with Barcelona and has become one of the best goalkeepers in the last five years in this sport. However, in the Manschaft he has a Neuer ahead who monopolizes everything. The goal of the Barça club can hardly play.