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Famous Welsh Football Players Ever

In the following article from SportMob, we will have a look at the list of the famous Welsh football players ever and analyze the best football players in wales history.

Wales is one of the countries that may be attractive only to football fans because this beautiful and small country is not well known in terms of tourism.

This situation has made us know less about Welsh football and its tale which is another thing, but what do we know about this country's football,

Wales' best football players ever

and famous welsh football players ever?

The new generation may be well familiarized with Gareth Bale because he has played for many years at

Real Madrid

, one of the most popular football teams in the world, but do they have the same information about John Charles, Robbie Savage or Ian James Rush? All these names are famous welsh footballers of all time.

The List of Famous Welsh Footballers of All Time

The players we mentioned above as the

best welsh footballers ever

, were the stars of their team at the time of the playing and reached important achievements that will go down in the history of Wales. If you are interested in the list of greatest welsh footballers in history, so keep reading.

Craig Bellamy

Opportunistic, short, very fast, and of course violent striker named Craig Bellamy. Craig Bellamy, who was smaller than his friends as a teenager, started his career at Bristol Rovers Academy and was introduced to football in 1996 from Norwich City Academy.

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The highlight of Bellamy's career was

Norwich City

's first team, which scored 32 goals in 84 games. This statistic was so good that it caught the attention of Newcastle United scouts. Newcastle bought the player but things did not go well at first. Newcastle decided to send Bellamy to Celtic to gain experience.

It was a season-long loan transfer, but it made Bellamy very experienced. On his return to England, Liverpool quickly set to work and signed a contract with the Welsh striker. Bellamy did not get much of a chance to play, but whenever Liverpool needed a goal, he would enter the field and lead his team to victory.

However, Bellamy left Liverpool and rejoined the team in 2011, where he played only one season and scored six goals. Of course, Bellamy also has a history of playing for Manchester City. In 2014, Bellamy announced his retirement.

In national football, Craig Bellamy was part of the Great Britain team in the 2012 Olympics, but everyone knows him from Wales because he is one of the legends of this country who played a total of 95 games for Wales and scored a total of 26 goals. Craig Bellamy, who is one of the famous Welsh football players ever, now coaches Anderlecht Under-21 team.

John Charles

John Charles was a member of the Wales national team that qualified for the World Cup for the last time before the rise of the new generation. "John Charles was in complete peace at 4:30 a.m. at the end of the day," said Bob Harris, author of "King John," which beautifully details the memories of John Charles.

John Charles can be described as a very polite, calm, gentleman who was completely ruthless on the field. He was such a great scorer that he was nicknamed the "Gentle Giant."

Charles also can be considered one of the great legends of Juventus, who was humble and calm off the field, but inside the field, he was powerful and dangerous. Welsh Charles joined Leeds United from


and helped Bianconeri win the Scudetto by scoring 108 goals in 153 games.

Now, when it comes to Juventus legends and

famous Welsh footballers of all time

, many place Charles in the top 10, symbolizing that the greatest talent in the history of Wales was a great and unique man.

Simon Davies

Like Craig Bellamy, Simon Davies began his career at Norwich City Academy. To be more precise, Simon Davies learned football on his hometown team, Solva, and after showing his talent, he went to Peterborough United.

Davies played for Peterborough United for at least three years, and at the end of the 98/99 season he was named in the Division Three team of the year, and as Peterborough's player of the year. Then it was Tottenham's turn to sign the Welsh winger. Spurs definitely needed Davies more than anyone else because Davies' speed and technique were found in fewer players.

After a trial with

Manchester United

in July 1999, Davies' performances for Peterborough encouraged Tottenham Hotspur manager George Graham to spend £700,000 to take him. Simon Davies' adventure with the Wales national team began in 1998.

Simon was called up to the Wales Under-21 national team and made it to the Wales first team within three years. In fact, between 2001 and 2010, Simon Davies made 58 appearances for his country's national team, scoring a total of six goals as a winger. Davies decided to hang up his boots on 9 August 2010 and now he is included in the list of

famous welsh soccer players of all time


Robbie Savage

Robbie Savage is a Welsh football pundit and formerly was a football player. He is now on the list of famous welsh soccer players of all time and also

famous Welsh football players ever

. During his career, he played mostly as a midfielder. Robbie gained a reputation for his playing style. He received a huge number of yellow cards during his playing time, though he has since been surpassed as the player with the most Premier League yellow cards by Lee Bowyer.

The real turning point in Robbie Savage's life was exactly the date he failed to make the grade at Old Trafford. Indeed, Robbie Savage began his career as a youth player with Manchester United before joining Crewe Alexandra.

He became a regular player for

Leicester City

in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also played for Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers. In 2008, after a short spell on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion, Robbie decided to join Derby County. The Welsh midfielder returned to captain Derby, where he announced his retirement from football and made his way into the memories as one of the famous Welsh football players ever.

Robbie Savage played for the Wales national team on 39 occasions. He is now a pundit for the BBC and regularly presents 606 on BBC Radio. One of the strangest things about Robbie Savage is his return to playing career. Savage signed a contract with Stockport Town in 2019, a semi-professional team in the North West Counties League, at the age of 41. He has played a game for this team so far.

Gary Speed

Gary Speed ​​is one of the famous Welsh football players ever with a record of 535 Premier League games. He had this statistic for a long time, but eventually, this record was taken by David James. Speed ​​was a great midfielder who gave his teammates confidence. Speed ​​also captained Wales several times.

Speed ​​won the English Cup with Leeds United in 1992 and twice won the FA Cup with

Newcastle United

. He played nearly 700 games during his 22-year career and holds the record for most Premier League games with 535. He retired from football in 2010 and entered the coaching world by coaching at Sheffield United.

Unfortunately, Gary Speed ​​committed suicide at the age of 42, and this was a great tragedy. Michael Owen, who was a close friend of Speed ​​and also his neighbor, never believed in the death, but what is clear is that Gary Speed ​​is one of the best welsh footballers ever and will remain in the memories.

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey is definitely on the list of famous welsh soccer players of all time because he has achieved great success with the new generation of the Wales national team. Aaron Ramsey has been


captain many times and now plays for


as a key player. No one can question the abilities of one of Wales' best football players ever.

Years ago, Ramsey moved to Arsenal in 2008 in a £5m deal, where he quickly gained the first-team experience. Aaron Ramsey played for Arsenal for almost 11 years, playing a total of 262 games and scoring 40 goals.

Of course, Ramsey's injuries prevented him from increasing his number of games. An extra interesting thing about Ramsey is his reputation for his flowers. It all started in 2009. When the famous Spanish journalist suddenly lost his life, one day after Aaron Ramsey's goal. A few similar things happened until everyone believed in Aaron Ramsey's "spell".

His goals coincided with the death of the biggest celebrities in the world of football, and that was really scary. Fortunately, after that, the spell gradually faded, and even when Ramsey scored a hat-trick, nothing happened. Of course, this is a superstition, and certainly, Ramsey's goals can not be associated with death.

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Aaron Ramsey made his full international debut for Wales in 2008 and was part of their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign, where he helped his nation to the semi-finals and was included in the Team of the Tournament. He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

Mark Hughes

We are talking about a man who could easily be called the greatest welsh footballers in history, along with John Charles and Ryan Giggs. Of course, there are many options and that is why we have decided to make a list of

famous Welsh football players ever


Mark Hughes was the perfect striker to inject fear into opponents. Many know Mark Hughes for his brilliance at Manchester United, but this Welshman also played for


and Bayern Munich, as well as the clubs Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and finally Blackburn Rovers. He also made 72 appearances for Wales, scoring 16 goals.

Hughes announced his retirement from playing in 2002. He won a host of winners' medals during his playing career, including two

Premier League

titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, and two European Cup Winners' Cups. Hughes was the first player to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award twice, in 1989 and 1991.

Ian James Rush

The glorious era of Ian James Rush as one of the most

famous Welsh football players ever

began in Chester City in 1978. 18-year-old Ian Rush has scored 14 goals in 34 games in two seasons. Soon, he attracted the attention of the big teams. Manchester City, Liverpool, and Everton each offered him, but Ian James Rush chose Liverpool.

After shining in the


shirt, Ian James Rush decided to seek new experiences and therefore left Anfield to join Juventus. Liverpool sold Ian Rush in 1986 for £3.2m. Ian Rush at Juventus was a shadow of the real Ian Rush. In his first season at Juventus, he scored just seven goals in 29 Serie A games.

It was rumored that Rush does not like living in Italy and misses Britain. Rush returned to Liverpool after a disappointing season. In these 8 years, he won the FA Cup twice and the League and League Cup once.

But Ian Rush still had his former strength, scoring 139 times over the years. The 1995-96 season was Rush's last season at Liverpool. After Liverpool, Ian Rush continued to play for Leeds United, Newcastle, Sheffield United, and Wrexham, and finally ended his career at the Sydney Olympics, after 22 years of glorious career.

Ian Rush was also great on the national team. It is safe to say that after John Charles, he was the only star to make the Welsh people proud. Ian James Rush was Wales' all-time leading goalscorer until Gareth Bale. In total, he made 78 appearances, scoring 28 goals for Wales.

Ryan Giggs

Well, it is the turn of one of the greatest players in the history of football and of course the history of Wales. The man who must be on the list of

famous Welsh football players ever

because the honors he won at

Manchester United

are not something that every player can achieve.

Giggs was born in Cardiff but moved to Manchester at the age of six. He made his professional debut for the club in 1991 and spent the next 23 years in the Manchester United first team. Giggs was such a great man on and off the field and the Red Devils' fans were proud to have such a player. Generally, Giggs was also very popular in the Wales national team because he not only played with prejudice but also with his heart.


At the international level, Giggs played for the Wales national team 64 times. Indeed, he made his debut for Wales in 1991 and was named as the captain of the Great Britain team that competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is one of only 28 players to have made over 1,000 career appearances.

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When Ryan Giggs was on the national team, he never reached the level of some of the players on this list of Wales' best football players ever. He was one of the best Manchester United players in history. During his active career in football, he won thirteen Premier League titles and two European Club Cups, as well as the FA Cup and the FA Cup.

Gareth Bale

Talking about

Gareth Bale

is the easiest thing in the world. He is considered by many to be the best welsh footballers ever. Gareth Bale, a product of Southampton's academy, was originally a Left Fullback but became a winger at


and shone so brightly that Real Madrid agreed to pay a staggering £91m. Bale moved to Madrid in 2013 but is now back on loan at Tottenham.

Welshman's most important achievement at Real Madrid was the 2018 Champions League final. In the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Bale scored two goals, first an overhead kick and then a long-distance strike, resulting in a 3–1 victory over Liverpool, to help Real Madrid win their thirteenth Champions League trophy.

Gareth Bale scored three goals during wales 6-0 victory over China in 2018; exactly the day that was Ryan Giggs' first experience on the Wales bench. Gareth Bale before that stunning hat-trick in Wales's friendly game against China was the second all-time leading goalscorer in the history of Wales after Ian James Rush. Bale is now Wales' all-time top scorer and is considered one of the

greatest welsh footballers in history


Gareth Bale

 has become a legend at both 

Real Madrid

 and the Wales national team. After joining Real Madrid, which was a record in the history of world football, he played a major role in both Real Madrid championships in the Champions League; while maintaining high form. In addition to that, he has helped Wales reach its first prestigious tournament in 58 years.

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