As the Premier League has developed its reputation as the best league in the world over the past decade, so to has it attracted some of the planet’s best players.
There have been world-record signings and sales in the English top flight over the past 10 years, while some clubs have managed to unearth bargains and others have reaped the rewards of handing players a second chance in the division.
Homegrown talent has also had a chance to shine, with fans being treated to a host of players who will go down in the competition’s history as some of the greatest to have graced it.
There was a time when the Premier League was dominated by English players.
But Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, a foreigner himself, came along in 1996 and recruited talent from abroad, particularly his home country France.
Today, the best players in the Premier League come from overseas. Here’s the list of the top 5 foreign players in the Premier league to-date.
The highest-scoring foreign player in the Premier League. Sergio Aguero is also the most tenured player on this list, having spent 10 years with Manchester City.
Aguero’s individual awards don’t do him justice. Whether it be injuries or players in his position having historic seasons, Aguero hasn’t enjoyed individual success as much as team success with Manchester City.
However, Football is a team game and I’m sure Aguero would take the four Premier League titles he’s won over one Player of the Year award.
We’ve seen Aguero grow up in front of us, having joined City at 22 years old and famously scoring the 94th-minute winner on the last day of the season of his debut season to clinch Manchester City’s first Premier League title ever and the first league title for 44 years.
Aguero’s 256 goals in 379 games for Manchester City is an extraordinary feat and almost certainly secures him the label of City’s greatest ever player.
Eden Hazard is arguably Chelsea’s greatest ever player and is still very much loved by the Chelsea faithful despite his departure to Madrid in 2019.
Hazard arrived at Stamford Bridge as a fresh-faced 22-year-old who had the potential to be one of the world’s best and by George did he fulfil expectations.
Hazard won six trophies, including two Premier League titles in eight years in Chelsea, and was the undisputed best player in the league in his last three years playing in England.
Hazard may not have the statistical prowess of those on the list but he may be the most feared to play against. Hazard is a player that could do anything he wanted with a football and provided moments of genius on a regular occasion at Chelsea.
Speaks to the legacy the Liverpool forward has created for himself and a legacy that is building with every game he plays.
In just his fifth season as a Liverpool player, The Egyptian King has netted over 100 goals and was a huge part of Liverpool’s 2018/19 UEFA Champions League triumph and the historic 2019/20 Premier League title win.
The so-called “one-season wonder” became the first Liverpool player ever to score 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen. His 70 goals and 27 assists in his first 100 Premier League are also numbers to marvel at.
Injured in the 2018 Champions League final, the Egyptian King got his second chance and made it count, scoring the game’s first goal against Tottenham in the 2019 Champions League final.
He’s the greatest ever player to play ‘in’ the Premier League but his admission on this list is solely based on what he did whilst playing in the Premier League rather than his overall career.
Ronaldo arrived in the Premier League at 18, younger than any player on this list, and immediately made his mark as a confident, bordering on arrogant, skillful young player.
His 2007/08 season where he netted 31 league goals and 42 in all competitions is arguably the greatest individual season in Premier League history.
Ronaldo won the Premier League three times and is just one of two players on this list to win the Champions League with a Premier League team.
The story of Thierry Henry in the Premier League began in 1999 when he was brought to Arsenal by fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger.
Despite not scoring in his first 11 appearances, Henry netted 17 Premier League goals in his debut season and introduced himself to the Arsenal fans as the real deal.
Henry is the greatest player in Arsenal’s history and is one of the greatest strikers of all time.
His goal-scoring record, movement, footballing brain among his other attributes combined to make the perfect striker which Henry was.
If it wasn’t becoming the only forward in history to score 20 goals and assist 20 goals in a season, it was being named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, if it wasn’t being named in the PFA Team of the Year six consecutive years, it was leading his Arsenal team to an ‘Invincible’ season in the 2003/04 season.