10. Dennis Bergkamp
The son of an electrician, Bergkamp was born in Amsterdam and played as an amateur in the lower leagues. If Patrick Vieira was the heartbeat of Arsenal’s rise to prominence, then Dennis Bergkamp was the architect.
After joining Arsenal in 1995, he rejuvenated his career, helping the club to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cup trophies, and reach the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, which marked his last appearance as a player.
With the Netherlands national team, Bergkamp surpassed Faas Wilkes‘s record to become the country’s top goalscorer of all time in 1998, a record later eclipsed by Patrick Kluivert, Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. In the list of ‘Greatest Premier League Players Ever’ he gets no.8 spot.
9. Eric Cantona
One of the first top class foreign talents to play in the Premier League, Eric Cantona was the final piece in the puzzle to transform Manchester United from contenders to champions.
A large, physically strong, hard-working, and tenacious forward, who combined technical skill and creativity with power and goalscoring ability, Cantona is often regarded as having played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force in the 1990s and he enjoys iconic status at the club. He wore the number 7 shirt at Manchester United with his trademark upturned collar. Cantona is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans as “King Eric”, and was voted as Manchester United’s greatest ever player by Inside United magazine
Before ending his career at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.
8. Sergio Aguero
Not many people would over the fact that Sergio Aguero is the greatest player ever to wear the Man City’s jersey. The Argentina striker arrived in the summer of 2011, scored two fine goals on his debut and, in the most dramatic of circumstances and with the final kick of the season, secured the club’s first title in 44 years. City might build a statue of that moment outside Etihad someday.
His goal-scoring rate is among the best in the Premier League history. So often this man comes to rescue City in times of trouble, his goals have helped elevate the club to new heights and their current standing in the game is largely owed to Sergio Aguero.
He was voted Manchester City’s player of the season in 2011-12 and 2014-15 season. He is also Manchester City’s highest goalscorer of all time.
7. Ryan Giggs
Giggs began his career with Manchester City, but joined Manchester United on his 14th birthday in 1987. He made his professional debut for the club in 1991 and spent the next 23 years in the Manchester United first team.
Ryan Giggs’ 24-year service for Manchester United dictates that he will forever be regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest players.
Giggs is one of the most decorated player in football history. During his time at United, he won 13 Premier League winner’s medals, four FA Cup winner’s medals, three League Cup winner’s medals, two Champions League winner’s medals, A Club World Cup winners medal, an Intercontinental Cup winners medal, a UEFA Super Cup winners medal and nine FA Community Shield winners medals. Giggs captained the team on numerous occasions, particularly in the 2007–08 season when regular captain Gary Neville was ruled out with various injuries.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Longevity is the sole reason why Ronaldo isn’t top of this list. In 2003 he signed for Manchester United for £12.2 million . In 2004, he won his first trophy, the FA Cup. In 2007 and 2008, Ronaldo was named FWA Footballer of the Year, and was named the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year. In 2009 he won the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year. He was the world’s most expensive player when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth £80 million
The Portuguese superstar was only in England for six seasons during which time he was crowned World Player of the Year but that looks to be enough time for football fans to deem him as one of the greatest Premier League players ever.