The Premier League is an institution that is known around the world and since its inception there have been a whole host of tremendous players gracing England’s top flight. But who has been the best player in the Premier League era? Read on to find out.
5. John Terry
The 37-year-old assistant manager at Aston Villa was once one of the most formidable defenders in European football. Terry made just under 500 appearances for Chelsea and 78 appearances for England.
In his career he lifted 5 Premier Leagues, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups a UEFA Cup and a Champions League. Despite being a massive prick, it’s undoubted that Terry was a terrific player.
4. Andy Cole
The 47-year-old striker started his career at Arsenal before ending up at Manchester United via a stint in the north-east with Newcastle. In his time in the Premier League he scored 187 goals and won 5 Premier League’s, 2 FA Cups and 1 Champions League – which came in the famous 1999 treble win.
Although Andy Cole might not have been quite as successful without the help of his strike partner Dwight Yorke.
3. Alan Shearer
The Premier League’s top goal scorer with 260 strikes might expect to feature higher in this list, but his lack of major silverware wins limits him to 3rd. Shearer won 1 Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, but apart from that his trophy cabinet is incredibly bare.
Shearer was part of the heroic Euro ’96 England squad that lost out in the semi-finals to Germany, and is now one of the dullest pundits on BBC football show Match of the Day.
2. Thierry Henry
The tremendously handsome French man netted 175 times in his spell at Arsenal and was pat of the best side in Premier League history – 2004’s invincibles. Henry’s class, poise and elegance revolutionised England’s top division and moved the country towards a sleeker, sexier style of football.
Thierry was part of the coaching staff that led Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals and is now head coach of Ligue 1 side Monaco.
- Ryan Giggs
He may have been a naughty boy with his brother’s wife, but he was without doubt the best player in Premier League history. During his long career with Manchester United, Giggs racked up 963 appearances and 168 goals.
He won 13 titles (11 more than Spurs), 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups and 2 Champions Leagues. If you think Giggsy isn’t the best player in Premier League history, then you’re quite frankly just wrong.