Last year, the FA announced the ’20 Seasons Awards’, a set of awards given to acknowledge those that have stood out in the EPL and for various accomplishments – Best Team’, ‘Best Goal’, etc. The results of these awards can be found here.
One of the awards was given to the ‘Best Player’ of the EPL, a decision which was decided by an FA panel, with the winner being Ryan Giggs. Since then, various websites, magazines and newspapers have come up with lists of their own, citing the greatest players to have played in the Premier League.
However, the similarity with these lists is that they are all small , normally citing 10 or 20 players and as such, the same players are mentioned over and over again. This list aims to change that, by acknowledging a whole wealth of players, 100 to be exact, who have graced the Premier League over its 21 seasons.
Obviously, with hundreds of players having played in the Premier League, creating a list of such magnitude requires a large amount of research and a series of criteria that needs to be established, and I’d like to thank my brother Jack for his help.
Furthermore, I realise that not everyone will agree with this list. Everyone will have their favourite players, and those they feel who deserve to be recognized. I also understand that I may have missed a few players and if so please let us know in the comments with your opinion on why you feel they should have made the grade. Ideally, the comment system is there to promote debate, but we ask you to be civil – after all, this list is simply an opinion.
So without any further ado, here is my list of the 100 greatest players to have played in the Premier League. And stick around to vote for your own Greatest Ever Premier League player after the top player is revealed…
All Statistics are taken from the official Premier League website. Some statistics may be out of date as they are ever-changing but are correct as of when the article was written.
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This article was first posted on February 18, 2013