Ronaldo, Henry & Gerrard: Who is the best Premier League player ever?

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Over the past two months, The Athletic have been counting down the 60 greatest players to have ever graced the Premier League.

Called ‘The Premier League 60,’ the series was designed to “reflect and honour the greatest players to have graced and illuminated the English top flight in the modern era, as voted for by our writers.”

Naming just the greatest player in England’s top-flight in the past 28 years is hard enough. Naming the top 10 is incredibly difficult. But naming the top 60 is a nigh-on impossible task.

The list is sure to upset plenty of fans but let’s take a look at what The Athletic have come up with:

60 | Les Ferdinand

59 | Jamie Carragher

58 | Carlos Tevez

57 | David de Gea

56 | Jurgen Klinsmann

55 | Gary Neville

54 | Paolo Di Canio

53 | Teddy Sheringham

52 | Sol Campbell

51 | Luka Modric

60-51 summary:

Just one current Premier League player features in this section - Manchester United’s David de Gea. The 10th and 11th top goalscorers in Premier League history also feature with Les Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham featuring. Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric, just misses out on the top 50.

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50 | Ruud van Nistelrooy

49 | Robin van Persie

48 | Robert Pires

47 | Edwin van der Sar

46 | Claude Makelele

45 | Matt Le Tissier

44 | James Milner

43 | David Ginola

42 | Robbie Fowler

41 | Jamie Vardy

50-41 summary:

Jamie Vardy was playing non-league football not so long ago and now he’s ranked as the 41st best player in Premier League history. Former United strikers, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie sneak into the top 50.

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40 | Gary Speed

39 | Virgil van Dijk

38 | Raheem Sterling

37 | Sadio Mane

36 | Michael Owen

35 | N’Golo Kante

34 | Luis Suarez

33 | Harry Kane

32 | Cesc Fabregas

31 | Yaya Toure

40-31 summary:

A lot of current and former Liverpool representatives with Virgil van Dijk, Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane, Michael Owen and Luis Suarez in the 40-31 section. Current Premier League stars, N’Golo Kane and Harry Kane also feature.

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30 | Gianfranco Zola

29 | Petr Cech

28 | Ian Wright

27 | Didier Drogba

26 | Gareth Bale

25 | Mohamed Salah

24 | Kevin de Bruyne

23 | Tony Adams

22 | Andy Cole

21 | Vincent Kompany

30-21 summary:

PFA Player of the Year winner Kevin de Bruyne comes in at No.24, ahead of the likes of Didier Drogba and Gareth Bale. Meanwhile, current Liverpool star Mohamed Salah just makes the top 25. Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany doesn’t quite break into the top 20.

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20 | Ashley Cole

19 | Paul Scholes

18 | David Beckham

17 | Peter Schmeichel

16 | Eden Hazard

15 | Dennis Bergkamp

14 | John Terry

13 | Patrick Vieira

12 | David Silva

11 | Rio Ferdinand

20-11 summary:

Paul Scholes has to settle for 19th, which certainly surprises us. He finds himself behind Eden Hazard (16th) and David Silva (12th). Dennis Bergkamp may also be disappointed with being No.15.

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10 | Sergio Aguero

9 | Wayne Rooney

8 | Steven Gerrard

7 | Roy Keane

6 | Frank Lampard

5 | Cristiano Ronaldo

4 | Ryan Giggs

3 | Eric Cantona

2 | Alan Shearer

1 | Thierry Henry

10-1 summary:

Thierry Henry is the greatest player to play in the Premier League. We’re not going to argue with that. The Frenchman scored 175 goals in 258 matches for Arsenal and was simply sensational during his nine years in the league.

Meanwhile, the Premier League’s record goalscorer, Alan Shearer finishes second with Eric Cantona, perhaps surpassingly, also making the podium. Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo make up the top five, while Frank Lampard edges out fellow centre-midfielders Roy Keane and Steven Gerrard. Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero complete the top 10.

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