Not many South African footballers earn legendary status in England, but former Kaizer Chiefs defender Lucas Radebe recently earned massive praise from a publication overseas as they recalled his rapid rise as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
The former Bafana international is the most successful South Africans to have played in England, where he represented Leeds United from 1994 to 2005, captaining the side for many of those years.
Despite a difficult start to life at the Peacocks, Radebe would go on to become an important first-team player, playing more than 250 matches for the famous club as a tough-tackling, ball-playing defender.
It is well known that the 50-year-old has legendary status at Leeds to this day, which extends into the city where he has a bus named after him.
These Football Times, a publication based in London, England, recently wrote a long and in-depth piece on the 70-cap South Africa international, recalling the time he was shot before becoming a household name in Yorkshire.
Titled ‘Lucas Radebe: From being shot in South Africa to national icon and Leeds legend’, the write up on one of Mzansi’s favourite sons covers his entire career and celebrates his time as a stalwart in arguably the world’s most competitive football league.
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