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Premier League: The players we wish came to England

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There have always been the top-class players we love to watch - with the likes of Sergio Agüero, Luis Suárez and many more foreign wonders lighting up the Premier League. With that taken into account, there have been the few that never have embraced the chance to come to England, here we take a look at them...

With the mix of his enigmatic personality and his unquestionably world-class talent on the pitch, no one can make a list like this without putting in Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Swede has been rampaging across Europe taking on La Liga with Barcelona, Serie A with Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, Eredivisie with Ajax and currently Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, making football look easy with his swagger on the pitch.

Since his very first days in his homeland at Malmö FF it was obvious he had pure talent - becoming the focal point of every attack and equally successful as a goal-threat with prolific scoring.

We could have seen a young Zlatan burst onto the scene in the Premier League when Arsenal went for his signature given his displays in Sweden, alas this did not materialise as manager Arsène Wenger was unsuccessful in his attempts of persuasion. It also seems unlikely now as he is heading towards an advanced age for a footballer, already at 32 he has stated once before he does not feel the need to travel to English shores.

Heading back over to Serie A with Roma, it's hard to forget the Italian legend that is Francesco Totti. A player that deserves the utmost respect - he has spent his whole footballing career in his hometown team, captaining them to a number of honours.

A player that reminds me of an Italian Steven Gerrard - as well as the fact he has only played for one team his whole career, he has proven a threat both in attack and midfield. Known for his striking abilities he dictates what happens in play from the frontline, bringing others into it by distributing and setting up, on top of his prolific goal-scoring.

With ridiculous amounts of achievements to his name, there are the few that really stand out. He is rated as one of the finest players of his generation, considered as Roma's greatest ever player, the club's highest goal-scorer and most capped, five-time winner (record) of Italian Footballer of the Year and chosen as one of the 125 greatest living footballers by footballing legend Pelé.

Now nearing retirement at the admirable age of 37 and the fact he'd never leave his club, it's obvious we'll never have his name grace the Premier League.

If anyone is asked who the France national team's best ever players were they will always alternate between the usual suspects; Thierry Henry, Franck Ribéry, Robert Pirès, Patrick Vieira and other obvious choices - but one that will always make anyone's list without fail is the great Zinedine Zidane.

"Zizou" was a true great. His technique, vision for teammates and attacking prowess was a headache to deal with for even the best defenders. Building up prominence in his native France with Cannes and Bordeaux it wasn't before long he got noticed by Europe's giants, with Juventus and Real Madrid being where he made his mark on footballing history.

Another player with incredible personal achievements examples being; League Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, World Cup All-Star Team, Ballon d'Or, World Player of the Year, UEFA Team of the Year, Top 100 Greatest Living Footballers and many, many more. One stood out remarkably though, being named Best European Footballer of the Past 50 Years by UEFA it really shows just what kind of player he was.

We were incredibly close, not once - but twice, to seeing the Frenchman play in our country, both chances being squandered for ridiculous reasons. First being Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish wanting to sign him for Blackburn in 1995, for chairman Jack Walker to cease the opportunity with the question "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?" .. no comment on that one Jack.

The second chance coming in 1996 when he was offered for an absolute bargain price of £1.2million to Newcastle, for them to turn down the chance after seeing him play saying "He is not good enough for the first division".. he went on to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year that season.

Finally, I had to include this one as he is seen as one of the best footballers to ever grace the game. With three FIFA Player of the Year's to his name, joint highest record with Lionel Messi and previously mentioned Zinedine Zidane, considered to be the most complete striker of the past thirty years, the highest goalscorer of World Cup history, two Ballon d'Ors, in the top 100 greatest footballers list and considered by experts to be one of the greatest players of all time - Ronaldo.

Destroying the defences of teams from all over Europe he boasts playing amongst the ranks of AC Milan, Real Madrid, Inter, Barcelona, Corinthians and PSV. Clinical, precise and lethal finishing was his game, also having the abilities to assist and know where to place himself for maximum effect. He could bring others into play and force his way through any backline, even when his body went from slim and fast to a more bulkier physique, he made it work to his advantage with flying colours.

Winning his first World Cup when he was just 17 years of age - he also holds the record for the second highest goals scored for his country, amongst accolades such as World Cup Final Most Valuable Player, World Cup All-Star Team, World Cup Dream Team, World Cup Golden Boot.

Anyone could go on and on about Ronaldo's achievements, but there is no lie that he is by far one of the greatest footballers to never grace the English game and, sadly, at 37 and retired it won't be happening any time soon either.

There are players across the seas shining for their clubs in foreign countries as we speak, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Franck Ribéry, Neymar and many more causing chaos for the opposition. Let's keep fingers crossed that one day we could see them make their way to the world's most prestigious league that is the Premier League.

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