On the international stage, some of the lowest ranked nations have top talent.

Some may consider a one-man team as a group of fine players with one incredibly talented individual who stands out and delivers on a daily basis. 

An example of this can be Gareth Bale for the Wales national team - a world class talent who is certainly the best Welsh player.

However, in a different way, Wales are not truly a one-man team. Their squad bolsters other stars like Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams. 

Some international teams have only one player who can be recognised on the world stage, so here we count down the top five international true one-man teams.

5. Gylfi Sigurðsson – Iceland

Although never a footballing powerhouse, Iceland have never tasted a World Cup or European Championship match. 

This could be credited to the fact that most Icelandic internationals play their club football in Scandinavian leagues or in second tier European leagues. 

Tottenham’s attacking midfielder is undoubtedly the best Icelandic player today, and is their most marquee international since the days of Eiður Guðjohnsen.

4. Victor Wanyama – Kenya

The Kenya national team has never made a World Cup, and has not appeared in the African Cup of Nations in seven years. 

World class players are very scarce, with most players plying their trade in the Kenyan Premier League. 

Victor Wanyama is Kenya’s shining light on the international stage; the tough tackling defensive midfielder is a regular for Celtic, and is on the radar of Europe’s elite clubs.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor – Togo

The Togolese have made one appearance at the World cup, yet they are still most remembered for the violent rebel attack they sustained in 2010. With very few quality players at their disposal, it is no wonder the national team relies single handedly on its captain to bring success.

2. Manucho Gonçalves – Angola

The Angolan was considered a flop at Manchester United, and after making just one first team appearance, amidst numerous loan spells, he was sent out to Spanish outfit Real Valladolid.

He has since enjoyed mid-table success in Spain, gaining invaluable first team football. In his native land, he is something of a football icon- and is the only well known Angolan international.

As captain, he performs admirably for the national team with a very impressive goal return.

1. Emmerson Boyce – Barbados

When qualifying groups are assembled for the World Cup, Barbados is often a guaranteed win for their CONCACAF opponents. 

It doesn’t help that nearly their entire squad plays club football in the lonely Barbados Premier Division, aside from one Barclays Premier League star.

Boyce anchors the defence, and rightfully wears the captain’s armband for his nation.


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