The 50 best players in Premier League history

Despite the recent struggles on the European front, the Premier League is considered by many as the greatest club competition in the world.

Week in, week out we are privy to some of the best players in the world plying their trade in the most thrilling weekly soap opera known to man.

Granted, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi don’t perform on these shores. Even Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale outgrew their respective clubs before big money moves to Spain, but the Premier League has no doubt been home to some wonderful talents over the years.

Since its inception back in 1992, some of the best players to step foot on a pitch have talked about their desire to play in the English Premier League. While the gargantuan TV deals may have had an impact on their decisions, the pull of playing for Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – and later Chelsea or Manchester City has allowed fans to witness some highly talented players throughout the years.

Here are the top 50 players to play in the Premier League, judged on impact for their respective sides rather than technical talent…