Top Three Premier League Players of All Time

Top Three Premier League Players of All Time.

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The Premier League is the world’s most prestigious football league in the world.

No division has such a widespread of top clubs, with famous names such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal lining up every week. There’s also an opportunity for smaller teams such as Brentford to ascend to the big league and survive through a mixture of skill and clever transfers. It is the most-watched football league in Nigeria, according to Cheer on Nigeria, with almost double the viewership of the new biggest, La Liga.

It is a dangerous league, too; many teams fall away after searching for success, overreach and spend far too much. Names such as Sunderland, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich were once huge clubs in the top flight but chased a dream and found nothing but ruination at the end of that particular rainbow.

Finally, it is a league where the best players want to play, and over the years, many have. It is hard to pick a definitive all-time best five players from the Premier League, but these have to be right up there.

3: Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs

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Giggs’ record is beyond astonishing. He has 13 Premier League titles to his name, more than any single club other than Manchester United. He won four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League titles. He is the most decorated player ever to grace a Premier League field and played 672 times in the top flight alone, all for one club. He finished just 37 appearances shy of 1,000 in his career and is certainly an all-time great. He retired at the age of 38 and has since gone on to manage Wales. In terms of longevity and loyalty, Giggs is unlikely to be matched in the Premier League, and Manchester United could certainly do with his talent now as they face a challenging start to 2023.

2: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

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Is CR7 the most recognisable player on the planet? He’s probably still regarded as one of the best in the world despite being closer to 40 than almost every other player in the division and he is still one of the top ten best-paid players in the world. He’s back at Manchester United for a second spell and is hoping to achieve some level of glory in his final year. He has his work cut out pulling the club out of their current mire; they’re managerless at the moment, having sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That said, qualification for the final stages of the Champions League was assured in November, and they’re currently sixth favourites in the latest Champions League betting odds with Coral. Interestingly, three of the five teams above them in that list are also in the Premier League. At least the 36-year-old is getting a proper test every week!

1: Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry

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Before Ronaldo and Messi, there was a mesmerising French winger named Thierry Henry who was simply outstanding. Born and raised in Paris, he joined Arsenal after a disappointing spell with Juventus but was energised under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger. Often, Dennis Bergkamp is cited as the most influential foreign player to play in the Premier League. Still, Henry arrived in 1999 and was the catalyst for a wonderful period for the Gunners, making him one of the all-time greats. He scored 174 times in just 254 Premier League outings, netting 42 goals in 85 European appearances. He only on a modest two titles but was Ballon d’Or runner up in 2003 and third in 2006. He had it all; grace and poise, power and aggression, and he did it all with stylish Gaelic panache and elegance.

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