Some great players have graced the Premier League.
Although England’s national team hasn’t done anything to shout about for some time, the riches of its number one division help to entice Europe’s biggest players.
Manchester City have Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both play for Arsenal.
Despite Manchester United’s recent struggles, they were still able to entice Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba in the summer.
Throwing money at players may not be a sustainable route to ensuring the Premier League is football’s most-watched competition, but the product works well for now.
So, with an array of talented players in England, you would have thought Rio Ferdinand would have a difficult time in choosing his dream five-a-side team of Premier League players.
Quite the opposite. All it took was 12 seconds for Ferdinand to name his ultimate team. You can watch the video here, or simply read along to find out who he picked.
Five Champions League winners
The ex-England defender included Edwin van der Sar, himself, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry in his team. He obviously used to play for Manchester United.
“That team would kill it,” Ferdinand claimed. “Seriously, that team would kill it!”
He’s probably right. The 38-year-old included five Champions League winners - although Henry’s arrived after he left Arsenal for Barcelona - and Ronaldo will go down as one of the greatest footballers in history.
Ferdinand praised Yaya Toure
Ferdinand found no room for Yaya Toure in his team, but he was singing the Man City star’s praises after he scored a brace against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“He's been their talisman,” Ferdinand told BT Sport, via the Mirror. “When the money was injected into that club he was the man who became the inspirational person winning games.
"Turning defence into attack, powerhouse, scoring great goals. The new manager has come in, he doesn't fit into his plans for some reason.
"But when he has been called upon, what a professional he has looked today coming in, two goals, if I'm a manager in another team come January I'm looking to take him out of Man City."