Park Ji-sung, Son Heung-min, Pulisic: Premier League’s greatest ‘Rest of the World’ players ranked

  • Rob Swan
Micah Richards and Alan Shearer have ranked the PL’s greatest ever ‘Rest of the World’ players

Alan Shearer and Micah Richards have ranked the Premier League’s greatest ever ‘Rest of the World’ players for the latest episode of Match of the Day’s Top 10 podcast.

The former footballers-turned-pundits took a closer look at the players from outside Europe, Africa and South America who have made the biggest impact in England’s top division since 1992.

Shearer and Richards were asked to rank the following 10 players: Park Ji-sung, Christian Pulisic, Shinji Okazaki, Dwight Yorke, Tim Cahill, Shinji Kagawa, Brad Friedel, Mark Viduka, Clint Dempsey and Son Heung-min.

Before the debate got underway, the following three players were given honourable mentions: Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer and Tim Howard.

Now let’s look at Shearer and Richards’ respective top 10s.

Micah Richards’ Top 10

10. Shinji Kagawa

“He was class at Dortmund, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.”

9. Christian Pulisic

Asked if Pulisic could eventually end up top of this list, Richards said: “I think so, yeah. Maybe Son’s got more natural ability but Pulisic has already won the Champions League and Club World Cup.”

8. Brad Friedel

Brad Friedel
SUNDERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 29: Brad Friedel of Blackburn Rovers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of Light on September 29, 2007 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

7. Mark Viduka

“He was class at Leeds.”

6. Clint Dempsey

“He was a good player. He was more like a No. 10 than a striker or could play from the left. He’d drop into nice areas, had a really good leap, he was probably the best American we’ve seen – although Pulisic might overtake him. Really good player.”

5. Shinji Okazaki

Shinji Okazaki
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

4. Park Ji-sung

“Dependable. He never let [Sir Alex Ferguson] down. I think he had more quality than people give him credit for, he could play.”

3. Tim Cahill

“He always used to beat me in the air and I had a great leap! The timing of his jump was impeccable.”

2. Son Heung-min

“If Son and Kane stay together, they will win a trophy under [Antonio] Conte within the next five years. But I don’t think they’ll stay together.”

1. Dwight Yorke

Dwight Yorke
25 Feb 2001: Dwight Yorke of Man Utd celebrates after scoring his second goal during the FA Carling Premiership match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford, Manchester. Mandatory Credit: Gary M. Prior/ALLSPORT

Alan Shearer’s Top 10

10. Shinji Kagawa

“He only had 38 appearances, so that’s the reason he’s tenth on my list.”

9. Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Clint Dempsey of Fulham celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage on May 2, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

8. Mark Viduka

“He worked his socks off every day, was on time, came on for the final four games of the season and didn’t score any. But he worked hard and tried! His touch and technique was fantastic.”

7. Christian Pulisic

“He’s only been here for three years, so that’s why he’s in the bottom half [of this list]. If he’s still here in another three or four years, that might be different.”

6. Shinji Okazaki

“Shinji Okazaki and David May have got a Premier League title and Harry Kane hasn’t!”

5. Tim Cahill

“£1.5 million from Millwall – what a bargain! He was great in the air.”

Tim Cahill goal everton
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 18: Tim Cahill of Everton celebrates scoring his first goal by boxing the corner flag during the Barclays Premiership match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on March 18, 2006 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

4. Brad Friedel

Shearer pointed out that Brad Friedel is the only American goalkeeper to have scored a Premier League goal – before being corrected by Gary Lineker, who pointed out that Howard also netted one. Oh, Alan!

3. Park Ji-sung

“Seven years at Man United, he must have had [quality].”

2. Son Heung-min

“He’s fantastic. He just loves football, you can tell that.”

Son Spurs goal
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

1. Dwight Yorke

“Five clubs, three Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, Champions League. It had to be Dwight Yorke at No. 1, didn’t it?”

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