Best Premier League Players of 2020
Some of the players we are going to introduce here are indeed among the Premier League players of the year in previous seasons Like Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, but not all of them - and they don’t have to be.
As already mentioned above, the list of the Best Premier League Players of 2020 comprises of current Premier League top players who have made a difference in 2019-20 season, although part of the season was put on hold due to coronavirus pandemic.
The List of Best Premier League Players of 2020
Below we are going to introduce to you some of the best Premier League players of 2020, ready?!
Virgil van Dijk
One of the best Premier League players of 2020 who was also announced the best UEFA Player of 2019 and the Premier League Player of the Year in 2018-19 season; Virgil van Dijk is the Dutch defender of Liverpool who, as some believe, has taken the Premier League club to a different level. He’s simply a phenomenon both in Dutch and English football and the only defender ever to have won UEFA Men’s player of the year to this date.
And to win Best FIFA Men’s Player and Ballon d’Or in 2018-19 season he was just a step behind - he actually finished runner-up. Van Dijk has a number of honors in the bag that are extraordinary for a defender only at the age of 28. Apart from Liverpool, he has also played for Celtic and was named the Scottish club Player of the Year in 2013-14 season.
However, the 28-year-old Dutch star collected most of his awards and trophies after he joined Liverpool in 2018. He is the winner of Premier League Player of the Season, Liverpool Players' Player of the Season, UEFA Men's Player of the Year, and UEFA Defender of the Season awards all in 2018-19 season. He was also named in PFA and UEFA Team of the Year in the same season.
The first and only Egyptian footballer to have been named the Premier League Player of the Year in the English league history - actually in 2017-18 season, Moahmed Salah currently plays for Liverpool, but he has also played for other top-tier clubs such as AS Roma and Chelsea.
They say it was with Liverpool that he shined and rightly so since he earned most of his awards, titles, and trophies after joining the Premier League club in 2017, though he was also a top scorer at AS Roma with 15 goals in 31 appearances he made for the Serie A club.
Salah is also a top scorer for Liverpool with 71 goals he has scored in his 103 appearances for the Premier League club - more than two goals in every three appearances. And for the Egyptian national team? The same story! The 28-year-old Egyptian forward has scored 41 goals in 67 appearances he has made for his country’s national team - almost two goals in every three appearances.
Maybe that’s why both Liverpool and Egyptian national team fans love him and showed that love by nicknaming him “The Pharaoh” and “Egyptian King”. Even some Liverpool supporters once said if Salah scored more goals for them, they would convert to Islam (Salah’s religion)!
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Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City’s star since 2015 and one of the best Premier League players of 2020, Kevin de Bruyne sits at the top of the Premier League goal assists list with 17 assists he has made so far in the major English league.
If we just rule out Trent Alexander-Arnold who occupies the second position on the same list with 12 assists, De Bruyne has made almost twice the number of assists the third and fourth positions on the list have made (9), let alone the rest of the list!
De Bruyne has also played for Chelsea and the Bundesliga club, Werder Bremen, (on loan from Chelsea) as a midfielder. He was named Manchester City’s Player of the Year in two seasons, namely 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons, and Premier League Playmaker of the Season in 2017-18 season.
The 29-year-old Belgium international was also named the Footballer of the Year in Germany during his spell with the Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen.
Other than the highest number of goals assists, De Bruyne has also made the highest number of shot assists (108) in the Premier League so far. He also shares the most number of goals scored from a shot outside the box (4) with Riyad Mahrez up until now.
Leicester City’s striker who has scored the most number of goals (22) so far in the current season’s Premier League; Jamie Vardy is actually a product of Sheffield Wednesday, and has been serving Leicester City since 2012 scoring 121 goals in his 269 appearances for the team - near one goal in every two appearances.
Vardy is a goalscorer by nature. He has also scored 31 goals in his 36 appearances for the League One club, Fleetwood Town - near one goal in every appearance. So, it makes no difference in what tier he plays, he just scores, though a little lesser in the top tier.
Vardy has also won a number of awards since joining Leicester City in 2012. Some of these awards include Premier League Player of the Season in 2015-16 season, Leicester City Players' Player of the Season in 2013-14 season, and Premier League Goal of the Month in March 2018.
So, he really deserves to be on the list of Best Premier League Players of 2020, considering that he’s still the top scorer in the top-tier English league.
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A tall Gabonese striker - he’s 187 cm - who currently plays for the Premier League club, Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is actually the second highest goalscorer in the Premier League so far in this season (2019-20) with 19 goals after Jamie Vardy.
Aubameyang also ranks second jointly with Mohamed Salah considering the number of goals scored from a shot inside the box (17 goals) in the current season, however, he ranks first with 13 goals when it comes to the number of goals scored with the right foot – Rashford occupies the second place with 12 goals.
And not only in the English Premier League, Aubameyang has also played in other major European leagues, namely the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 of France, and Serie A.
When in Bundesliga – actually from 2013 to 2018, the Gabonese striker, who has also the citizenship of France and Spain, was named the Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015-16 season and the Bundesliga top goalscorer in 2016-17 season with 31 goals.
Only one goal behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane is the fifth highest goalscorer in the current season’s Premier League (2019-20) so far with 16 goals. Mane joined Liverpool in 2016 and since then he has scored 61 goals in his 122 appearances for the Premier League club - exactly one goal in every two appearances.
Mane has also played for his country’s (Senegal) national team since 2012 and has scored 19 goals in his 69 appearances for them. The 28-year-old Senegalese forward was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2019 and both Liverpool Players' Player of the Season and Liverpool Fans Player of the Season in the same season he joined the Premier League giants (2016-17 season).
Compared to great players like John Barnes and Cristiano Ronaldo in play style, Mane is indeed among the best Premier League players of 2020. He’s also tenth on the list of highest assist providers in the Premier League 2019-20 season with 7 assists so far.
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One of the best Premier League footballers of 2020 and the Premier League Player of the Year in 2015-16 season, Riyad Karim Mahrez is an Algerian footballer who was born in raised in France.
He plays currently for the Premier League club, Manchester City, as a winger. Before Manchester City, he served Leicester City and even helped the club win the Premier League title in 2015-16 season.
Mahrez was named Leicester City Player of the Year in the same season the English club won the Premier League title (2015-16). With Manchester City, the Algerian winger won three trophies, namely the Premier League title, FA Cup, and EFL Cup, in the first season he joined them (2018-19 season). He was also named the Algerian Footballer of the Year for two years, namely 2015 and 2016.
A left-footed winger, Mahrez is the second highest goal scorer in the current season’s Premier League jointly with Bournemouth’s midfielder, Harry Wilson, and Leicester City’s forward, Jamie Vardy, with 7 goals in regard to goals scored with the left foot.
6th highest scorer in the current season’s Premier League together with his teammate, Anthony Marshal, and Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wonderers, Marcus Rashford is a product of Manchester United and has only played for the Premier League giants so far in his career - since 2015.
Rashford actually started football with Fletcher Moss Rangers academy at the age of 5 and two years later, at the age of 7, he joined Manchester United academy with whom he stayed until 2015 when he was promoted to the Premier League club’s senior team.
In terms of the Penalty kicks taken and goals scored from the Penalty spot this season, Rashford ranks first with 8 Penalties taken and 6 Penalties scored.
And while Aubameyang ranks first currently in terms of the goals scored with the right foot with 14 goals, Rashford sits on the second place jointly with Aguero with 12 goals. The 22-year-old English forward has also played for the England national team since 2016 scoring 10 goals in his 38 appearances for them.
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One of the best Premier League footballers of 2020 and a top scorer in the same league this season, Raul Jimenez is a Mexican 29-year-old forward who currently plays for the Premier League club, Wolverhampton Wonderers. Jimenez has come quite in the spotlight this season with the records he has set so far.
The Mexican forward has had the most number of shots at goal so far in this season’s Premier League with 82 shots which is even more than that of Mohamad Salah (76). He also ranks first in terms of the total goals scored with a headed shot jointly with Chris Grant Wood of Burnley with 5 headed goals scored so far.
And no wonder he has set the latter record since he’s a tall forward - he’s 190 cm. Jimenez has also played for the LaLiga side, Atletico Madrid, during his footballing career and has served the Mexican national team since 2013 scoring 24 goals in his 81 appearances for them - one goal in every three to four appearances.
One of the current Premier League top players also elected as the best FIFA goalkeeper in 2019, Alisson Becker is a Brazilian goalkeeper who currently plays for the Premier League club, Liverpool. Unlike many footballers who are often called their last names, Becker is mostly known by his first name, Alisson.
The 27-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper is the winner of Premier League Golden Glove in 2019 and Globe Soccer Best Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019. He was also named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018-19 season.
Alisson keeps the most number of clean sheets in this season’s Premier League with 13 clean sheets so far and ranks first in regard to clean sheets kept jointly with Nick Pope of Burnley. Alisson is also among the Premier League goalkeepers who has won all his aerial duels in the current season until now.
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Tottenham Hotspur’s prolific goalscorer, Harry Kane is not only one of the best Premier League players of 2020 but also a member of the Order of British Empire for his services to football.
Kane has served Tottenham since 2009, and during this time, he has scored 138 goals in his 201 appearances for the team which translates to almost 2 goals in every three appearances.
Kane has also appeared for the English national team since 2015 and has scored 32 goals in his 45 appearances for them - again almost two goals in every three appearances. He’s the eighth highest scorer in the current season’s Premier League jointly with Raheem Sterling with 13 goals scored so far.
The 27-year-old English striker is also the winner of Premier League Golden Boot in two consecutive seasons, namely in 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, England Player of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018, and FIFA World Cup Golden Boot in 2018.
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The second highest assist provider in the current season’s Premier League with 12 assists so far, Trent Alexnader-Arnold is also a record holder in terms of the number of accurate crosses in the major English League: He has made the most number of accurate crosses - actually 74 - even more than Kevin De Bruyne who holds the record of most assists this season so far with 17 assists.
Arnold is actually a product of Liverpool and has never served any other club other than the Premier League giants since the start of his senior career in 2016. He has also served England national team since 2018 appearing 9 times for them across all competitions they’ve had.
The 22-year-old English defender won Liverpool Young Player of the Season Award in the first two seasons he joined Liverpool senior team, namely 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
He was also named Premier League Player of the Month in December 2019 and in UEFA Team of the Year in the same year (2019). And with the 12 assists Arnold has made so far, he has become a Guinness world record holder, since this is the most number of assists ever done by a defender in a single season.
And the List of Best Premier League Players of 2020 Continues!
We have named 12 top Premier League players of 2020 so far, but that doesn’t mean the list of the best Premier League Players of 2020 has ended. In fact, there are still other players in the Premier League who could be named here as the list continues. However, that is out of our readers’ patience, so, we just mention them here briefly in the following list:
- David de Gea (Manchester United)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
- Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
- Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wonderers)
- David Silva (Manchester City)
- Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
- Daniel James (Manchester United)
- Son Heung- Min (Tottenham Hotsupr)
- Danny Ings (Southampton)
- Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
- Anthony Marshal (Manchester United)
- Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
- Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
- Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
- Ederson (Manchester City)
- Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)