I've always wondered how overseas football fans see united in the hierarchy of European football. In this country commentators and fans often lazily refer to us as "the biggest club in the world". The Forbes list, although estimates, suggest that united are immensely popular abroad but I've always regarded Real and Barca as two giants above the rest in terms of popularity, prestige and player appeal. I've never really imagined that kids in Europe grow up dreaming of playing for us. Maybe it's because, as a child of the 80s, the team I grew up following wasn't the beast it is now. We couldn't compete in England let alone the Italian, Spanish and German giants. I guess what I'm asking is, in your country, where are united considered to be in terms of size and appeal and do player's from your country consider playing for united as an ultimate goal or is it seen as a stepping stone to the traditional continental giants? Cheers in advance if you take the time to read that and respond.