#2. Esteban Cambiasso
Esteban Cambiasso made the familiar route into European football from South America by moving to Spain. The Argentinean midfielder played for Independiente and River Plate before signing for Real Madrid in 2002. Cambiasso was actually a youth player at Madrid before he spent time in his native Argentina. However the midfielder elected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu when his contract with the club expired in 2004. He joined Inter Milan and went on to spend ten seasons at the club. Cambiasso established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world, helping his club to an impressive run of success. Cambiasso won the Champions League and five Serie A titles during his time in Italy before his departure in 2014.