One of the top league’s in the world, but who are the best players in the Barclays Premier League?
5. Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – Spain
Arsenal’s star player last season, Santi Cazorla is a genius with the ball at his feet.
In his first season Cazorla showed how good he really was, a vital part of the Arsenal starting 11. Another passing genius to come out of Spain, Cazorla has made his name in finding passes that no one else would. With fantastic work-rate, passing and dribbling, Cazorla is the full package.
4. Gareth Bale – Tottenham – Wales
Probably not here for much longer, but Gareth Bale has set the Premier League alight in the last few years.
With electrifying pace, tricky footwork and a deadly cross, Bale has rightly been named in the Premier League’s Team of the Year for the last three years.
With 21 goals, Bale has more than doubled the tally of any of his previous seasons. After his best season so far, Bale will only get better.
3. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – England
Not in the best of form, but still has the potential to be outstanding.
At 27, Wayne Rooney has done just about everything you can do, the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Player of the Year, just about the only thing missing is the World Cup.
With 141 goals in 278 games, Rooney will go down in Premier League history.
2. Juan Mata – Chelsea – Spain
At 25, Chelsea have made a wonderful signing in Juan Mata from Valencia.
A similar player to Cazorla, Mata has made his name for his uncanny ability to get on the score sheet, and assist.
Going into his third season at Chelsea, Mata has proven himself in his first two, and I’m sure he will do it again in this season. Always a player Chelsea can rely on, Mata will be a fantastic player for years to come.
1. Robin van Persie – Manchester United – Holland
The sharp shooting striker is possibly the best out-and-out striker in the world and with a Premier League goal record of 124 goals in 233 games - who can really argue with my decision.
The Dutchman has made his name with his clinical finishing, brilliant movement and bullet headers.
Van Persie isn’t the fastest, but that has not held him back, he simply doesn’t need pace because he is so hard to mark, he never stops moving. At 30, van Persie has been scoring goals for years, and will do for the next few years.
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