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Ryan Giggs leads list of the Premier League's top five players

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Here, we look at the five best players to have graced the Premier League during the modern era.

Ryan Giggs

In terms of consistency, nobody can compete with Welshman who made 672 appearances over 24 seasons for schoolboy club Manchester United. In terms of trophies he is the most successful player in the Premier League.

He has won 13 Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League titles. He was also incredibly disciplined, having never been sent off during his club career.

With his incredible dribbling and passing ability - matched with the length of his career - he must be considered one of the Premier League greats.

Thierry Henry

The shining light of the Arsenal 'Invincibles' team, the Frenchman was blessed with blistering pace and, coupled with his composed finishing, this made for one of the deadliest finishers in the game.

In his eight years at Arsenal, in the Premier League he scored 174 goals in 254 games. He helped the Gunners win two league titles and three FA Cups and became their top goalscorer in all competitions with 228. He then moved onto Barcelona where he was equally as successful, proving he was worth his hefty price tag.

Alan Shearer

The greatest Premier League goalscorer of all time. Discounting his 23 goals for Southampton before the formation of the Premier League, he scored 260 goals for two clubs over a period of 16 years.

His career highlight came when he won the league with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, scoring 34 goals in that title-winning season. He then went on to dominate the goalscoring charts for his hometown club Newcastle United.

With a fiercely powerful shot, brilliant technique and strength in the air, Shearer is one of the great England strikers.

Frank Lampard

The evergreen Lampard is fifth on the list of all-time Premier League goalscorers but he is on this list for far more than just his goals. After joining Chelsea in 2001, Lampard remained one of the best midfielders in the game, offering his side a physical presence in both boxes.

He has won everything there is to win at club level, most recently captaining his side to a Europa League triumph. After 13 years at Chelsea, his Blues career seems to be at an end with his contract having expired.

The World Cup in Brazil this summer will be his fifth major international tournament and he will be looking for justice after his wrongly disallowed goal against Germany in South Africa.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo joined Manchester United as a slim 18-year-old, but has gone onto become one of the world's greatest players. His achievements in the Premier League were impressive, but have been surpassed by his form at Real Madrid after his £80 million move in 2009.

He won the Ballon d'Or and the Champions League in 2008 and has gone on to replicate both of these victories in Spain. For United he scored 84 goals in 196 games as he became physically stronger.

Ronaldo is now the complete footballer, quick, strong, good in the air and skilful, but it was his days under Sir Alex Ferguson that helped him become the great player he is today.

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