Ah, the Premier League. Although some may argue that it has lost some of its former shine in recent seasons, there is still no denying that, with the heightened physicality and myriad of impressive attacking talent, it is still one of the world's most attractive leagues.
Over the years, a number of players have forged reputations as the very best in the world during their time upon these very shores.
While few seem to come to England at the peak of their powers, many have left the country with their standing in the footballing world significantly enhanced.
In the last few years, even the Premier League's biggest sides have struggled to keep hold of their very top talents when some of the continent's most dominant clubs have circled.
Here, GMS looks at 10 players who were enticed away from the Premier League whose absence was keenly felt by their former clubs.
Click on to see our choices.
Do you agree with these selections? Which of these players do you feel has been missed the most since leaving the Premier League?
Let us know if we've missed out anyone totally obvious...