Brits abroad XI: Stars or flops? (1)

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A standout feature of Real Madrid's stunning 6-1 demolition of Schalke in the Champions League last week was the exhilirating performance of Welsh star Gareth Bale.

While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema also played extremely well and similarly bagged a brace apiece, I could not help but be somewhat taken aback by just how quickly Bale - who moved to Real from Tottenham in a world-record transfer deal last summer - had seamlessly adapted to his new club.

Given that the former Southampton starlet has had several months to settle in the Spanish capital, perhaps that feeling of surprise was misguided. However, the history of British footballers overseas has been traditionally mixed between success and failure with little in between.

With Bale in mind (and yes, he does feature), we decided to get our brains in gear here at GMS and produce a 'Brits abroad XI - consisting of players past and present who have made the move overseas.

Going a step further, we also intend to analyse each player's time away from these shores and come to a consensus on just whether they deserve to be labelled as a 'star' or a 'flop' for that particular period.

Click on to see who makes our XI - but please bare in mind that there have obviously been plenty of players to have moved abroad over the years, so not everyone can make the cut. We're not trying to formulate the best possible team here, just including the stories and cases that immediately spring to mind.

Don't forget to let us know what you think in the comment box provided below. What do you make of our XI? Is there anyone you would have liked to have seen included who has been omitted?

What about the ratings? Are there any players you feel have been overrated or harshly treated here? Don't be shy, folks!

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