Thailand international Teerasil Dangda had an impressive outing with the national team during the last AFF Championship, and was subsequently invited for a two-week trial with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in January 2013.
Although it was a short stint with the La Liga outfit, the SCG Muangthong United player told Goal in an exclusive interview that he hopes to secure a move abroad and put his country’s name on the world map.
“[Do] I want to play in another country? Yes, I want to!” he declared.
“If I have the opportunity, I will go [overseas]. I want to go because I want the world to know what Thai people are capable of. I know it is difficult but, it is possible."
The 25-year-old also hopes to be a role model for younger players and wants them to believe in their dreams, just like their Japanese counterparts.
"I never thought I would achieve this and I just want to be an inspiration for Thai kids or other Thai players,” he said.
“I want them to say 'If Teerasil can do it, I can do it too'.
"Just like Hidetoshi Nakata; nobody believes that he could do it, but he did. He is now a Japanese legend that inspires Japanese players to play football all over the world."
Teerasil has expressed his intention of moving abroad to his club and Muangthong will open negotiations with any team that submits an offer when the Thai transfer window opens in July.