Ever since the Premier League was formed in 1992, some of the world’s best players have spent some/most of their career in England’s top tier. The Premier League all time XI is a much talked about debate so I decided to pick my all-time side.
In the goalkeeper position, I decided to choose Peter Schmeichel. The Great Dane was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1991 for a fee of £505,00 from Brøndby. Sir Alex later described the deal as “The bargain of the century” in 2000. During his star-studded career, he won 5 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, One Champions League and one European Championship with Denmark. This is more than enough evidence to put him in the Premier League all time XI.
For the right back role, I went for Gary Neville. The tough tackling, no nonsense defender spent his entire career at Manchester United. In those 19 years, he won 8 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League titles. He defined everything about English football, always consistent and never scared out of a tackle. It would be a disgrace not to put him in this side.
In this position, I opted for John Terry. Although always in the spotlight for the wrong reasons he was a fantastic defender in his prime. Like Neville he would never shy out of a challenge. A natural born leader, he deserves to be in this team.
Here I chose another English centre back in Rio Ferdinand. Like Terry he was never one to shy away from the harsh eye of the media. But like Terry he was a world class defender. A typical English defender with a gleaming trophy cabinet. 6 Premier Leagues and one Champions League title.
Yet another Englishman in Ashley Cole. He was another solid defender but would bomb forward when he had the chance. In England, he won 3 Premier League titles, a staggering 7 FA Cups and one Champions League.
Here I chose the brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo. He was signed for £12 million in 2003, a world record for a teenager at the time. But he’s repaid that fee 10x over producing countless outstanding performances. So far, he’s won 3 Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, one La Liga, one European Championship and 3 Champions Leagues. That’s just his club honours. On top of that he’s claimed 4 Ballon d’Ors.
For the first centre mid I chose Frank Lampard. The Englishman scored a staggering 274 goals from midfield which is no small feat. During his time at Chelsea he won 3 league titles, 4 FA Cups and one single Champions League.
The other centre midfield was a very hard choice. After careful deliberation, I picked Paul Scholes, Patrick Viera just missed the cut. Scholes was gifted with fantastic technical ability and shooting skills. He was one of the few English players that could sit deep and dictate the play. Xavi described him as the best player in his position in the past two decades.
Here I went for another Manchester United player in Ryan Giggs. The Welshman spent an astonishing 24 years at Man Utd. His trophy cabinet is something to behold with 13 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 Champions Leagues as well as an OBE for his services to football. He also holds the record for the most decorated player in the history of the sport with 34 trophies, a staggering feat.
For the striker position, I went for Frenchman Thierry Henry. Henry is noted for being one of the best, if not the best, striker to ever play in the Premier League. He had everything you needed, pace, power, precision, skill. You name it. At Arsenal he won two Premier League medals and 2 FA Cups. Currently he is the assistant manager to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium national side.
Finally, I went for Alan Shearer. Me being a Newcastle supporter, I couldn’t leave him out. In the summer of ’96 Kevin Keegan signed the local lad for a world record £15 million. It’s somewhat of a modern-day tragedy that the all-time top scorer of the Premier League only won one major honour, a Premier League winners medal with Blackburn in the 94-95 season. Nevertheless, he deserves to be in this list with 283 league goals (a record yet to be broken). But the less said about his managerial career the better.
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