Ronaldo, Gerrard, Vieira: Greatest Premier League XI based on most PFA TotY appearances

Thierry Henry features in the XI with the most Team of the Year appearances in Premier League history.

The 2021/22 PFA Team of the Year was named on Thursday evening.

Six Liverpool players were named in the side: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Manchester City had three representatives: Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva.

While Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) also made the side.

It was the fifth time that Ronaldo has been named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Following the awards, we’ve named the XI that have made the most appearances in the PFA Team of the Year in Premier League history.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea – 5

After making his first appearance in 2012/13, De Gea was named in the Team of the Year in four consecutive seasons from 2014/15 to 2017/18.

Right-back: Gary Neville – 5

A dependable right-back, Neville made 400 Premier League appearances for Manchester United.

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Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand – 6

Ferdinand is the only centre-back in Premier League history to be named in the PFA Team of the Year more than five times.

Centre-back: Gary Pallister/John Terry/Nemanja Vidic – 4

Pallister, Terry and Vidic were all named in the PFA Team of the Year four times. Three fantastic defenders in their own right.

Left-back: Ashley Cole – 4

It’s surprising Cole was only named in the side four times. He was the best left-back in the world at his peak.

Right-midfield: Cristiano Ronaldo – 5

Ronaldo has made the side thanks to his inclusion on Thursday. Despite being 37, it may not be the last time he makes it.

Cristiano Ronaldo features in the XI with the most Team of the Year appearances in Premier League history.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford on May 02, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Centre-midfield: Patrick Vieira – 6

Vieira just about edges out Keane, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year on five occasions.

Centre-midfield: Steven Gerrard – 8

Gerrard holds the record for most PFA Team of the Year appearances. What a player.

Steven Gerrard features in the XI with the most Team of the Year appearances in Premier League history.
LONDON – APRIL 23: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard poses with the PFA Player of the Year Award at the Grosvenor House Hotel on April 23, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by David Davies/Pool/Getty Images)

Left-midfield: Ryan Giggs – 6

Giggs’ longevity was admirable. He featured in United’s first-team for 24 years and made 963 appearances in his career.

Striker: Alan Shearer – 6

Shearer still holds the record for most Premier League goals with 260.

Striker: Thierry Henry – 6

Henry only spent eight seasons in the Premier League and made the PFA Team of the Year on six occasions. That shows just how incredible he was.

Among the players to miss out on the side include Eden Hazard (4), David Beckham (4), Frank Lampard (3), Paul Scholes (2), Mohamed Salah (3) and Harry Kane (5).

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