In the wake of FC Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati expressing his desire to represent Spain, here are 10 stars who rejected Africa to represent European nations.
Patrick Vieira, considered one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, was born in Dakar and eligible for Cape Verde due to his mothers heritage.
Scroll through the images above to see all 10 players who rejected Africa to represent European nations
However, he opted to represent France at international level after neither side expessed interest in his services as his career progressed in Europe.
The now OGC Nice manager went on to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup, captain Les Blues, while amassing 107 appearances, the sixth most capped player in French football history.
Gerald Asamoah, became the first black player to represent Germany back in 2001 and picked up 43 caps for the four-time World Cup winners over a five-year period.
Despite both his parents being from Ghana and only moving to the country at the age of 12, the Schalke 04 legend cited 'feeliing at home' in Germany for his notable snub.
In more recent incidents, Marseille and Manchester United wing-backs Bouna Sarr and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, have opted to overlook call-ups to Senegal and the DR Congo.
While Wan-Bissaka has yet to feature for the Three Lions senior team due to an untimely injury during the international break last week, he's confirmed his future lies with Gareth Southgate's exicting new squad.
Meanwhile, Sarr, outright rejected the Lions of Teranga after being called-up to their 2018 FIFA World Cup squad by Alliou Cisse.
"It's France and nothing else, nothing else is a big word, but I always dreamed of playing for the France team," Sarr told RMC at the time.
And now Fati, is seemingly the latest player to be lost to Europe after he confirmed to Sport that he 'wants to play for Spain'.
Current Spain head coach Robert Moreno also confirmed the Spanish FA are finalising the paperwork in order for the Guinea-Bissau wonderkid to switch allegiances.
"The people of the Spanish FA are working on it to bring Ansu Fati and then it will be the decision of the player," Moreno told Movistar+.
"The federation works to have the best players."It is a joy for Barcelona, as he is a player who came through La Masia."He has to be calm and I hope he is."