10 SA stars who played in UCL

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In the wake of Percy Tau earning his first start in the UEFA Champions League with Club Brugge tonight, here are ten fellow South Africans who graced Europe's elite club competition.

After netting on his Belgian top-flight debut in a 6-0 win over Sint Truiden this weekend, Bafana Bafana Bafana star Tau has earned himself a starting berth in their Champions League qualifier against Ukraine giants Dynamo Kyiv.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the ten South African stars who played in the UEFA Champions League

The 25-year-old now becomes part of a historic crop of South African footballers to have represented the nation at what many consider as the highest level of club football in the world.

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Benni McCarthy, the sole South African winner of the competition played in the tournament with Ajax Amsterdam and FC Porto, winning the competition under iconic manager Jose Mourinho with the latter side.

Quinton Fortune featured in the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson during his time with Manchester United, where he made 27 appearances overall - scoring two goals.

Former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, widely considered as one of the finest European exports for the nation featured eight times in the competition for the English side.

Another former captain of Bafana, Steven Pienaar, made his Champions League debut for Ajax in 2002 and went on to play a further 28 games for the Dutch giants.

The diminutive playmaker made two appearances in his short stint at Tottenham Hotspur.