Soccer’s greatest journeymen, from John Burridge to Zlatan Ibrahimovic
In praise of the well-travelled players for whom the whole world was a stage.
So here's Planet Sport's selection of seven of the best journeymen for whom all the world was their stage...
Labelling one of the greatest soccer players of the modern era as a journeyman is something that would probably not sit well with the great man himself. The fact remains, though, that the mercurial Swede has turned out for nine different clubs in seven different countries - in tandem with his remarkable record with the Sweden national team - scoring more than 500 career goals along the way.
Ibrahimovic started off in his native Sweden with Malmo. He broke through the club's youth ranks and quickly grabbed attention for his natural talent, with Ajax snapping up the young forward in 2001. Ibrahimovic notched 48 times in just over 100 appearances in the Netherlands and his list of achievements has continued to grow during a glittering career.
Ibrahimovic has won league titles in four different countries and has turned out for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with Juventus, both Inter and AC Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona all benefiting from his talent.
Despite scoring a hatful of goals wherever he has been, Ibrahimovic's most productive spell was also during his longest stay at a club. Zlatan scored an incredible 156 goals in just 180 games for Paris Saint-Germain, on his way to 12 major honours in France's capital in just four seasons.
After two successful years at Manchester United, MLS came calling for Ibrahimovic. He put pen to paper with the LA Galaxy and the goals continued to flow stateside. The striker netted 53 times in just 58 appearances with Galaxy before Europe came calling once more.
The attacking midfielder started brightly in MLS and played regularly for three seasons with DC United before taking a move to Europe with Portuguese giants Benfica.
He was unable to cement a place in the first team, however, and Adu took in loan spells in France, Greece and Turkey, playing just 14 times overall for Benfica before returning to MLS in 2011 with Philadelphia Union.
With 11 clubs under his belt in a superb career, popular striker Robbie Keane took to the pitch in four different countries, with his trademark goal celebration of a cartwheel and forward roll coming out on a regular basis.
The former Republic of Ireland international scored 68 times in 146 caps for his country, but it was his exploits at club level that made him popular in a variety of locations around the soccer world.
Keane pulled on the jersey of some of the biggest clubs in England, taking in spells at Leeds United, a short stay at Liverpool and six years at Tottenham, alongside a season in Italy with Inter Milan, but the Irishman found his best form in front of goal in his time at LA Galaxy.
Eto'o's talents were spotted by Spanish giants Real Madrid when the striker was a teenager and he was subsequently snapped up to join the youth ranks at the Bernabeu. After breaking through to make a handful of senior appearances, Eto'o left Real to play for La Liga rivals Mallorca.
A former France international with 69 caps to his name, Nicolas Anelka was one of the most famous strikers of his generation.
An impressive breakthrough season at Highbury saw Anelka score nine times to help Arsenal to the Premier League title. He capped it off with a goal in the FA Cup final at Wembley, as the Gunners beat Newcastle United 2-0.
A solitary season at the Bernabeu saw Anelka's playing time limited and a 45-day suspension for missing three days' training, but he came up trumps with two goals in a 3-2 aggregate win over Bayern Munich in the two-legged semi-final of the Champions League.
A move back to PSG followed before returning to the Premier League with Liverpool and Manchester City. A stint in Turkey came in 2005 with a season at Fenerbahce, before a return to England for a third time with Bolton Wanderers. There then followed a productive four-year tenure at Chelsea in which he won another Premier League title, two more FA Cups and the Premier League's 2008/09 Golden Boot award.
Since retiring, the former Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Wolves and Southampton (and many more besides) man has spent time in TV punditry, commentary and coaching.