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Top three: Premier League footballers

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The Premier League is regarded by many as the best league in the world, with some exceptional individuals.

In a brilliant season in the Premier League, there were three stand-out performers who consistently delivered week-in-week-out for their respective clubs.

Here are the current top three:

1. Gareth Bale | Tottenham

Bale was in scintillating form for Tottenham last season and almost guided them to the coveted fourth-place finish. He was instrumental for Andre Villas-Boas' side and also has nine Premier League assists credited to his name.

Such stats have caused Real Madrid and Manchester United to chase the 24-year-old Wales international. AVB has stated on numerous occasions that Bale is simply not for sale and have slapped a reported £85m price tag on his head.

Is he really worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo was when he transferred to the Bernabeu? Many think not, but Bale is still worth his place in the 2012/13 Premier League's best.

Bale also won both the PFA Young Player of the Year and the PFA Player of the Year for last season and becomes only the third player in history to win both awards in the same year. Andy Gray (1976-77) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2006-07) are the only others who have won both prestigious awards in the same season.

If Bale were to transfer abroad this summer, his pace, skills and lethal shots would be sorely missed by all fans of the Premier League.

2. Robin van Persie | Manchester United

The Netherlands international continued where he left off from the 2011/12 campaign with Arsenal into the 2012/13 season with Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson paid a transfer fee around about £24m for Van Persie and the 29-year-old certainly didn't disappoint. He continued his rich vain of goalscoring form as he helped Manchester United clinch the title back from neighbours Manchester City.

It is thought that the signing of Van Persie was the difference between the two Manchester clubs this season. Van Persie scored 26 goals in 38 appearances for the Red Devils last season. He did score some crucial and memorable goals; most notably in the 3-2 derby win against City when his free-kick crept into the net.

Hopefully Van Persie does well this upcoming season under new boss David Moyes and continues to inspire young footballers everywhere.

3. Luis Suarez | Liverpool

The Uruguayan had his best ever season for the Anfield club as he turned into one of the league's top marksmen. He set the Premier League alight when he entered his scoring streak and many were predicting that Suarez would win the PFA Footballer of the Year hands down.

In 33 appearances, Suarez scored 23 goals as he linked up superbly with Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard. The 26-year-old was also credited with 11 assists. However, discipline let Suarez down. Suarez picked up 10 yellow cards throughout the course of the season and was once again surrounded in controversy when he bit Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. He was subsequently banned for 10 games.

Suarez has recently said that he wants to leave England as he feels that the press treat him unfairly. He would be a huge loss to not only the Premier League and Premier League fans, but also Liverpool - finding a replacement would be very challenging.

Recently Liverpool's No. 7 did say that he would be open to remaining in the Premier League, putting the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal on alert.

Suarez may consider a move to London this summer as both Chelsea and Arsenal can offer him something Liverpool can't: Champions League football.

Will Suarez settle for another season of Europa League football?

 

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