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The 100 Greatest Premier League Players Of All Time Have Been Named

The 100 Greatest Premier League Players Of All Time Have Been Named

The Premier League has oozed talent, both players and managers, for more than two decades now.

For many football fans, it's the best league out of any of Europe's top five leagues.

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It's also safe to say that there have been many, many arguments made about the Premier League on several occasions.

For example, one of SPORTbible's readers' polls had Nemanja Vidić and Rio Ferdinand voted as the best defensive partnership in Premier League history, while another had Manchester United's Paul Scholes voted as the best midfielder in England's top-flight competition.

Well, the Independent offered its two cents on the 100 greatest Premier League players.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ultimately came out on top to claim the top spot, while former United star Cristiano Ronaldo took home second place.

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Red Devils legends Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane finished third and fourth respectively, while Chelsea legend Frank Lampard secured a fifth-placed finish.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Check out the full list below.

100-81

  • 100: Graeme Le Saux
  • 99: Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 98: Fernandinho
  • 97: James Milner
  • 96: Joe Cole
  • 95: Juninho
  • 94: Marcel Desailly
  • 93: Arjen Robben
  • 92: Robbie Keane
  • 91: Chris Sutton
  • 90: Sami Hyypia
  • 89: Edin Dzeko
  • 88: Lee Dixon
  • 87: Nani
  • 86: Peter Beardsley
  • 85: Freddie Ljungberg
  • 84: Emmanuel Petit
  • 83: Patrice Evra
  • 82: Jay Jay Okocha
  • 81: Steve McManaman

80-61

  • 80: Branislav Ivanovic
  • 78: Gary Speed
  • 77: William Gallas
  • 76: Mesut Ozil
  • 75: Gilberto Silva
  • 74: Jamie Carragher
  • 74: Paul Ince
  • 73: Les Ferdinand
  • 72: Raheem Sterling
  • 71: Mark Hughes
  • 70: Gary Pallister
  • 69: Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 68: Ricardo Carvalho
  • 67: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • 66: David Ginola
  • 65: Jimmy-Floyd Hasslebaink
  • 64: Diego Costa
  • 63: Ledley King
  • 62: Michael Essien
  • 61: Marc Overmars

60-41

  • 60: Fernando Torres
  • 59: Kevin De Bruyne
  • 58: David Seaman
  • 57: Luka Modric
  • 56: Dennis Irwin
  • 55: Gary Neville
  • 54: Xabi Alonso
  • 53: Paolo Di Canio
  • 52: Edwin van der Sar
  • 51: Dimitar Berbatov
  • 50: Steve Bruce
  • 49: Nicolas Anelka
  • 48: Dwight Yorke
  • 47: Jaap Stam
  • 46: Claude Makelele
  • 45: Teddy Sheringham
  • 44: Michael Carrick
  • 43: Ian Wright
  • 42: Robbie Fowler
  • 41: Carlos Tevez

40-21

  • 40: David de Gea
  • 39: Sol Campbell
  • 38: Tony Adams
  • 37: Robert Pires
  • 36: N'Golo Kante
  • 35: Matt Le Tissier
  • 34: Harry Kane
  • 33: Luis Suarez
  • 32: Gianfranco Zola
  • 31: Petr Cech
  • 30: Cesc Fabregas
  • 29: Yaya Toure
  • 28: Michael Owen
  • 27: Robin van Persie
  • 26: Gareth Bale
  • 25: Andy Cole
  • 24: Vincent Kompany
  • 23: Eden Hazard
  • 22: Ruud van Nistelrooy
  • 21: David Beckham

20-11

  • 20: Peter Schmeichel
  • 19: Nemanja Vidic
  • 18: Didier Drogba
  • 17: David Silva
  • 16: Rio Ferdinand
  • 15: Steven Gerrard
  • 14: Ashley Cole
  • 13: Dennis Bergkamp
  • 12: Paul Scholes
  • 11: Eric Cantona

10-1

  • 10: Sergio Aguero
  • 9: Patrick Vieira
  • 8: John Terry
  • 7: Alan Shearer
  • 6: Wayne Rooney
  • 5: Frank Lampard
  • 4: Roy Keane
  • 3: Ryan Giggs
  • 2: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 1: Thierry Henry
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Who would be in your top five Premier League greats?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Football News, Chelsea, Manchester United, Premier League, Arsenal, Vincent Kompany, thierry henry, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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