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Monday, August 28, 2006

Soccer: Top 10 Top Players of English Premier League

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By: Biplob Kishore Deb

Soccer/Football is the most popular game throughout the world in terms of its world wide acceptance. English premier league is one of the most popular and leading domestic league among the leagues of different countries. I tried to gather some information regarding the ten top English Premiership players who are dream players to many of us. I have taken the information form different websites. If any one of you found anything to be included in this article then throw your opinion in the comment section.

Ryan Gigs

This prolific centre midfielder was born in Wales on 29 November, 1973. His father, Danny Wilson was famous rugby player. Gigs started his career at 14 with Manchester United and he is still playing for this club. He joined to MAN U in stead of joining to the Manchester City being urged by the MAN U manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Earlier of his career he was compared with George Best, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff for his excellent skill in dribbling. He scored his first goal in the premier league against Manchester City which led MAN U the 1-0 victory. He won FA Premier league for 8 times and UEFA Champions league in 1998/99 with Manchester United. BBC called Gigs as one of the most photographed persons in Great Britain. He was honored with the Manchester United player of the year in 2005/6.






Wayne Rooney has been getting the spotlight form very early of his career. Lengend football player Pele said about him that Rooney plays like him. This young star joined in the Manchester United in 2004/5 season from Everton. He is the youngest goal scorer in the premier league which he scored for Everton F.C. when he was 16 years and 360 days. In 2002 he got the award of BBC Sports Young Personality of the Year. He is also the youngest goal scorer for England and of Euro Championship. English people dreamed with him to regain the World Cup in 2006. However, he had fallen in injury and after avoiding all suspicion he played in the world cup but he was not seen in his own form and England also failed to win the cup. He was also sent off in the match against Portugal in the world cup.





Rio Ferdinand

This MAN U defender was born in London, on November 7, 1978. He is considered as one of the talented defender in the world. He is also the world’s most expensive defender while he joined to the MAN U from Leeds United for 33.3 million pound. However, controversy was also with him when in 2003 he was accused of failing in drug test for which FA committee sent him out of the field for eight monthes.





Thierry Henry

Henry, the Arsenal forward, is the third highest goal scorer in the English premier league. He was nominated twice for Fifa world Player of the year in 2003 and 2004 and both of the times he became the runner-up. He is the leading goal scorer for his club Arsenal. In 2004 and 2005 he won the European Golden Boot. He is first player who scored over 20 goals in consecutive five seasons (2002-2006). Though it was said that he can not [play well in his national team France but in the world cup 2006 he proved the idea wrong and France won the runner-up trophy.





Cristiano Ronaldo

This Portuguese young forward played for MAN U. He joined in MAN U with the deal of 12.24 pound. He is also one of the top young players in the world. His amazing dribbling skill made him very effective in his position. He scored in the MAN U’s 1000th premiership goal on the October, 2005. His position was 20 in the Fifa Player of the Year ranking 2005. He is compared with another legendary figure of Portuguese football Luis Figo who has just taken his retirement form national team after the world cup 2006.





Didier Drogba

He is the big star of small team. Drogba was born in Ivory Coast on 11 March 1978. He is one of the key players of Chelsea and he has a great contribution to the emerging performance of Chelsea. He joined in Chelsea with the then record transfer fee of 24 million pound from Olympique de Marseille, where he became the French Player of the Year in 2003. Drogba played in the world cup 2006 for his country Ivory Coast. In 2005 he became the runner-up for the African Player of the Year.





Jens Lehmann

The German goalkeeper, who played for Germany in the world cup 2006 beating another high profile goalkeeper Oliver Khan, plays for Arsenal. He joined in Arsenal in 2003. In his first season in Arsenal as Arsenal could be able to finish the league without loosing any single match. In 2004/05 he broke the prestigious record of Edwin van der Sar being unbeaten for highest number of minutes in the history of this tournament. In the world cup 2006 he saved 2 shots of Argentine players and became the hero.





Dwight Yorke

This former MAN U striker was born in Tobago on November 3, 1971. He plays for Trinidad and Tobago national football team. In his short career in MAN U he led the club to its three successive Premiership title, F.A. Cup and UEFA Champions league. Yorke scored 47 goals for MAN U. Now he is playing in Sydney FC. He played in the world cup 2006 for his country as captain. He led his country to qualify to the world cup for the first time.






Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole was born in London on December 20, 1980. He has been playing for Arsenal from the beginning of his career since 2000. Though he started his career as a forward, later on he showed his talent in the position of Left Back. In 1999-00 season he played for Crystal Palace on loan and saved the team from relegation. He won Premiership league in 2002 and 2004 for Arsenal. He played in the world cup 2006 for his country England and till now he played 52 matches for his country but has not got his first international goal yet.





Steven Gerrard

This English mid fielder plays for Liverpool F.C. He started his career with Liverpool, F.C. when he was a schoolboy in the junior level of Liverpool. He proved his talent in is early childhood. Gerrard got the captaincy of Liverpool in 2003-04 and he became the second youngest Champions Leagur winner captain in 2005. For his brilliant performance in Champions League in 2005, he got the PFA Player of the Year award and named for the UEFA’s Most Valuable Player for the season of 2004-05. His international performance is not so attractive as his club performance is. He played in the European Championship in 2002 as well as in2004 and he played in the world cup 2006 for England.






  1. Anonymous1:48 PM

    I really hope this top 10 best players is not representative of premier league football history. Some of the ones picked up have not even finished proving themself!

  2. Anonymous11:44 AM

    you are seriously saying ashley cole is a better player than alan shearer was? you are a laughing stock

  3. Anonymous5:58 AM

    Rooney is not the youngest PL goal scorrer. He was at that time. The youngest is an Everton Player James Vaughan. Regards

  4. Anonymous12:30 PM

    I don't agree with having Drogba , Lehmann , Ferdinand or Ashley Cole in that top ten . Are people forgetting about Peter Schmeichel , Zola , Cantona , Adams and Roy Keane ? Personally I'd put Fabregas in the top 10 ahead of some players that are mentioned .

  5. Anonymous6:22 PM

    dude r u serious!! ashley cole sucks

    do u know dimitar berbatov for totennham??

    man utd will buy him for 25 million

    hes like in the top 10

    shearer pwns

  6. Anonymous10:32 PM

    Wilson Palcios definitly deserves a spot in the top 10. He was the best player at Wigan Athletic after only 5 months. Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Arsenal all wanted to but him. He was bout for only 1,000,000 pounds but his price range after 5 months has increased to 12,000,000 pounds. He saved Wigan Athletic from relegation and was rated by the sun as one of the top ten contracts of the Premier League. He is only 23 years old and has shown true potential. Also, since he is from such a poor country like Honduras he is very humble, hard working, modest and despite receiving so many offers he decided to stay at Wigan Athletic.

  7. Kamau kinyua11:18 AM

    The analysis is compiled by a man u fanatic or even better die hard.what about the arsenal fantastic 4?
    Robert pires,denis bergkamp,patrick viera and of course u didnt forget the 'finisher' Sir Thierry Henry.
    Maybe they all cant be there but zola......honestly its zola we are talking about.zola has gotta have a spot.

  8. Anonymous7:44 AM

    r these really the top ten players?
    havnt even heard of some of them...
    i hope that this is the real thing.
    coz ive got to find out these for a competition.......

    well.thanks even if it is not true

  9. Anonymous8:48 PM


  10. dude your an idiot.seriosly, what about Peter Schmeichel ,kevin keegan,cesc fabregas,zola,alan shearer and george best?

    and fernando torres is obviously miles better than rooney..............

    as i said, your an idiot

  11. Everybody has their on opinions about who was the best in the premiership Mikhaeel. Anyone remember how good Paulo Di Canio was? he's another player who could make it into the top 10

  12. Anonymous2:58 AM

    my best players for last season are van der sar, evra,vidic,terry,essien,scholles,gerrard,nani, fabregas,drogba,rooney thn substitutes friedel ferdinand,agbnlahor,a young,song,tevez,valencia

  13. Anonymous12:32 AM

    this is rubbish it should be nani ronaldo gerrard torres drogba tevez essien van der sar cesc fabregas and roben van persie

  14. Anonymous7:53 PM

    where is Rudd Van Nistolrey in the list?

  15. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Were are players like Samuel Eto who have also played well for both thier countries and the team they played for. Comparing him to others players i think he deserves been put among this list.

  16. Anonymous7:24 PM

    Fabregas tops this list

  17. Anonymous12:30 PM

    wheres messi and villa

    1. messi and villa aren't even in the english premier league moron

  18. Anonymous11:08 AM

    where is torres and lampard dude??

  19. Anonymous2:38 PM

    What about Tomas rosicky of arsenal in that time