The premier league has spawned some of the best players the world has ever seen and there can potentially be so many contenders for the best player of all time. We’ve compiled a list of five of the very best.
Arsenal’s Thierry Henry
After collecting a winner’s medal at the World Cup in 1998, the 21 year old winger Henry arrived at Arsenal a year later, after being with the Italian giants Juventus for a disappointing six months. Instead of earning adulation for his early English flank appearances, he earned derision. Then, something clicked spectacularly after he was moved through the middle by Arsene Wenger. Henry’s brilliant technique, physicality, and searing pace have made him the porotype of what is desired in a player in the Premier League. He left Arsenal eight years after his arrival as possibly the greatest Premier League player ever with his 175 scores leaving him with the all-time goal scorer on record for the team.
Manchester United’s Roy Keane
The Premier League has never seen a fiercer competitor. Throughout the first decade of the Premier League, he was the beating heart of the Manchester United team. On the pitch, he was the physical embodiment of manager Alex Ferguson who was able to secure an advantage for United before the game ever started due to his ability to intimidate opponents and maintain high team standards. However, simply focusing on the physical and mental toughness of this Irishman does a great disservice. Keane was able to break down attacks from the opposition on the edge of his box in one instant and be able to score in the next. He was a world class box-to-box midfielder.
Newcastle United’s and the Blackburn Rovers’ Alan Shearer
When the era of the Premier League was just beginning, Blackburn was the Manchester or Chelsea of the time, with their success bankrolled by a wealthy benefactor. However, in 1992, that money was spent amazingly well when the paid to bring Shearer to Ewood Park with a record British transfer fee. In the three seasons between 93 and 96, Shearer scored 30 league goals and helped to win the 1994-1995 Premier League title for Blackburn. In 1996, he lost some of his pace but remained a fearsome presence in the penalty box when he suffered a serious injury one year following a transfer that was another British record to Newcastle United, his boyhood club. The 260 Premier League goal record he holds is still standing and he’s definitely one that you could rely on when football betting to score when needs be.
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo’s had a huge impact, even though his stay in England was short. He seemed to less in love with goals than tricks as a raw winger when Manchester United snapped him up in 2003. However, he was performing at an outstanding level of play and was the most devastating force in the Premier League when he left six years later. In his final three seasons, this star from Portugal scored 66 goals and landed three successive titles to end the longest title drought in United’s history. Since he has left Old Trafford, it is fair to say that he has done well, too.
Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs
For its 20th anniversary, Gigg was voted the best player in the Premier League. His longevity and consistency remains unmatched. In his final campaign he failed to score. However, for the 23 seasons before that, he scored in each season of the Premier League. This astonishing Welshman retired as the most decorated player in the English game’s history at the ripe old age of 40 after winning 34 trophies, including 13 winners’ medals from the Premier League. It was amazing to watch him intelligently adapt how he played the game during his career and his professional dedication was unmatched. As a flying winger, he first burst onto the scene. Later on, he became a decisive and incredibly astute central midfielder.