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Best Premier League foreign players ever

Mon 17 January 2022 | 8:30

Are you interested in reading about the foreign footballers who have played in the English Premier League? Then join us in this article, as we are going to have a look at the best Premier League foreign players ever. Stay tuned and keep reading the article.

As you may know, England is a country where football was invented, therefore it is the oldest country that football has been being played in. The English fans of this sport are among the most sensitive and meanwhile aggressive fans in the world. They have been living with football for a long time.

Many football clubs have been founded in the land where this fascinating sport was born that have absorbed the attention of their fans in England and the whole world. There is no need to say that the Premier League is one of the most outstanding leagues with high-class clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, etc.

Due to the brilliant rank of the English clubs and the Premier League and the large number of fans who follow it, many foreign footballers have decided to make their way to England. With the high payments in these clubs nowadays, the number of non-English players in the Premier League has increased.

If you are interested in knowing about the foreign footballers who have played in England, then join us in the following article about the greatest Premier League foreign players ever.  

Greatest Premier League foreign players of all time

Without further ado, let's have a look at the best Premier League foreign players of all time. Stay with us and keep reading the article.

Thierry Henry

  

Birthday

: 17 August 1977

  

Birthplace

: Les Ulis, France

The first name in the list of the

best Premier League foreign players ever

is the football manager and former player

Thierry Henry

. Henry took his first steps in the world of football at CO Les Ulis in 1983. During his junior career, he played for CO Les Ulis, US Palaiseau, ES Viry-Chatillon, INF Clairefontaine, Versailles FC, and AS Monaco.

In 1994, his senior career started as he joined AS Monaco B. After 3 years, Thierry Henry was promoted to the main team of AS Monaco. In 1999, this French forward joined

Juventus

, although after a short time he moved to

Arsenal

, where he spent most of his career as a professional footballer. Henry kicked the ball for the Gunners from 1999 until 2007 and then joined Barcelona.

This former striker spent 3 years at Barcelona and then joined New York Red Bulls. He returned to Arsenal under a loan in 2021, however, after a short time moved back to New York. Finally, Henry finished his career in 2014.

In 2018, Thierry Henry started his managerial career at AS Monaco. He managed this team only one season and joined CF Montreal, where he worked until 2021.

Thierry Henry, who is one of the

best Premier League foreign players in history

, won 1 Ligue 1 title, 1 French Super Cup, 2 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 2 FA Community Shield, 2 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Supercopa de Espana, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup title during his career. He also won the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, and the 2003 Confederations Cup with the national team of France.   

The most outstanding individual achievements of this French retired striker are:

  •   Footballer of the Year in France in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006

  •   Premier League Player of the Season in 2004 and 2006

  •   Premier League Top Scorer in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006

  •   UEFA Golden Shoe in 2004 and 2005

Sergio Aguero

  •   Birthday: 2 June 1988

  •   Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The next name among the

best Premier League foreign players ever

is the Argentinian striker

Sergio Aguero

, who currently plays for

Barcelona

. This brilliant player started playing football at the Argentinian club CA Independiente in 1997. He kicked the ball for them until 2006 and then joined

Atletico Madrid

, where he played until 2011.

Aguero then moved to

Man City

in 2011. He played for the Citizens for 10 years and joined Barcelona in 2021. This outstanding forward won 1 UEFA Europa League and 1 UEFA Super Cup with Atletico, 5 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 5 EFL Cup, and 2 FA Community Shield with Man City, and 1 Copa America title with the national team of Argentina.

Sergio Aguero is surely one of the

best Premier League foreign players of all time

and his most significant individual awards include:

  •   Best Foreign Player of Spain in 2008

  •   Footballer of the Year in Argentina in 2009

  •   Premier League Top Scorer in 2015

Patrick Vieira

  •    Birthday: 23 June 1976

  •    Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

The next footballer on our list for the best Premier League foreign players ever is the manager of

Crystal PalacePatrick Vieira

. Although he is from Senegal, her mother emigrated to France and he moved to France when he was 8 with his brother and uncle.

 This former midfielder started playing professionally at AS Cannes in 1993 and kicked the ball for them until 1995. Then he joined

AC Milan

and after only one season, Vieira moved to Arsenal. He played for the Gunners from 1996 until 2005, which means 9 years.

Patrick Vieira joined Juventus and after one season moved to

Inter Milan

in 2006. He kicked the ball for the Black and Blues until 2010 and then joined Manchester City, where he ended his career in 2011.

As a manager, Vieira has managed New York City FC from 2016 until 2018, OGC Nice from 2018 until 2020, and Crystal Palace since 2021. During his career as a footballer, this former midfield won 4 Serie A titles, 1 Italian Super Cup, 3 Premier League, 5 FA Cup, 4 FA Community Shield titles.

Patrick Vieira is among the best Premier League foreign players in history. His most important individual achievements are:

  •   Footballer of the Year in France 2001

  •   Premier League Player of the Season in 2001

Ryan Giggs

  •    Birthday: 29 November 1973

  •    Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

The next name in the list of the best Premier League foreign players ever is the manager of the national team of Wales. Giggs started playing football at the youth level at Manchester City in 1985. However, he moved to

Manchester United

2 years later and kicked the ball for the Red Devils until he retired in 2014.

In 2018, Giggs was appointed as the manager of his country’s national team. This former midfield won 2 Champions League titles, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 2 Club World Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 13 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cup, 4 EFL Cup, 9 FA Community Shield titles during his career as a footballer.

Ryan Giggs

is one of the

greatest Premier League foreign players ever

and here are some of his personal awards:

  •   Footballer of the Year in England in 1992, 1993, and 2009

  •   Golden Foot in 2011

David Silva

  •   Birthday: 8 January 1986

  •   Birthplace: Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain

The next footballer among the best Premier League foreign players ever is the Spanish attacking midfielder,

David Silva

. He began his junior career at Valencia in 2000. After 3 years his senior career started as he moved to

Valencia CF B

in the 2003/04 season. Then he was loaned to SD Eibar and Celta Vigo for the next two seasons and returned to

Valencia

in 2006. After 4 years of playing for this club, Silva joined Manchester City, where he kicked the ball for 10 years.

In 2020, Silva joined his current club

Real Sociedad

. This brilliant footballer has won 2 Copa del Rey titles, 4 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 5 EFL Cup, and 3 FA Community Shield titles up to now. He has also won the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2008, and the Euro 2010 with the national team of Spain.

David Silva is surely among the

greatest Premier League foreign players of all time

. His most significant personal achievements include:

  •   Bronze ball at the 2003 U17 World Cup

  •   Premier League Player of the Month in September 2011

Didier Drogba

  •   Birthday: 11 March 1978

  •   Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba

is also on our list for the best Premier League foreign players ever. He was born in Ivory Coast and was set to live with his uncle in France at the age of 5.

This retired striker played for Le Mans, Guingamp, Marseille,

Chelsea

, Shanghai Shenhua,

Galatasaray

, Montreal Impact, and Phoenix Rising during his career as a footballer. Drogba played for the Blues of London from 2004 until 2012 and once again in the 2014/15 season.

This former footballer won 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cup, 3 EFL Cup, 2 FA Community Shield, and 1 UEFA Champions League title with Chelsea, 1 Super Lig, 1 Turkish Cup, and 1 Turkish Super Cup with Galatasaray and 1 Western Conference title with Phoenix Rising.

Didier Drogba is one of the best Premier League foreign players of all time and his most outstanding individual achievements are:

  •   African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009

  •   Chelsea Player of the Year in 2010

  •   Golden Foot in 2013

  •   Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2003/04

Dennis Bergkamp

  •   Birthday: 10 May 1969

  •   Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The next name among the

best Premier League foreign players ever

is

Dennis Bergkamp

. This former striker took his first steps at Wilskracht SNL in 1981, although after a short time he moved to

Ajax

. In 1986, his senior career started. This brilliant footballer played for this Dutch club until 1993.

Bergkamp joined Inter Milan in 1993 and played there for two years. Then he signed with Arsenal and kicked the ball for the Gunners until 2006. This retired striker started his managerial career in 2011 at Ajax and managed this team until 2007.

Dennis Bergkamp, who is among the best Premier League foreign players in history, won 2 KNVP Pokal titles, 1 Eredivisie, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 2 UEFA Europa League, 3 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, and 3 FA Community Shield titles during his career. His most important personal achievements include:

  •   Footballer of the Year in England in 1998

  •   Footballer of the Year in Netherland in 1992 and 1993

Ruud van Nistelrooy

  •   Birthday: 1 July 1976

  •   Birthplace: Oss, Netherlands

Ruud van Nistelrooy is also one of the best Premier League foreign players ever who is currently the manager of Jong PSV. This retired forward began playing football at Nooit Gedacht in 1981. After 9 years, he joined RKSV Margriet, but after only one season, he moved to Den Bosch.

In 1993, the senior career of this former player started. Van Nistelrooy kicked the ball for Den Bosch until 1997 and then joined Heerenveen. After one season, this striker went on to play for PSV, where he played for 3 years.

In 2001, van Nistelrooy moved to Manchester United. He kicked the ball for the Red Devils until 2006 and then joined Real Madrid. After four seasons, this brilliant forward signed with

Hamburger SV

and after one season, he joined

Malaga

, where he ended his career as a footballer.

Van Nistelrooy was the manager of PSV U19 from 2018 until 2021 and then started to manage Jong PSV.

During his career as a footballer, Ruud van Nistelrooy won 2 Eredivisie titles and 1 Johan Cruyff Shield with PSV, 1 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 EFL Cup, 1 FA Community Shield title with Manchester United, 2 La Liga and 1 Supercopa de Espana with Real Madrid.

The individual awards of this retired footballer, who is on our list for the greatest Premier League foreign players ever, include:

  •   Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1998/99 and 1999/00

  •   Eredivisie Top Scorer in 1998/99 and 1999/00

  •   FA Cup Top Scorer in 2002/03 and 2003/04

  •   UEFA Champions League Top Scorer in 2001/02, 2002/03, and 2004/05

Mohammed Salah

  •   Birthday: 15 June 1992

  •   Birthplace: Nagrig, Basyoun, Egypt 

Mohammed Salah

is also on our list for the best Premier League foreign players ever. this outstanding forward took his first steps in football at Ittihad Basyoun in 2004. Then he played for Othmason Tanta and Al Mokawloon and in 2010, his senior career started.

Salah kicked the ball for Al Mokawloon until 2012 and then moved to

Basel

, where he played for 2 years. After that, Salah went on to sign with Chelsea in 2014, although he was loaned to

Fiorentina

and

Roma

. This Brilliant forward then signed with Roma, however, after one season he left the club. Finally, Salah joined

Liverpool

in 2017 and has shown a brilliant performance for the Reds.

Mohammed Salah, who is among the greatest Premier League foreign players of all time, has won 2 Swiss Super League titles with Basel, 1 Premier League, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup title with Liverpool up to now. His most outstanding personal awards are:

  •   Swiss Super League Player of the Year in 2013

  •   African Footballer of the Year in 2017 and 2018

  •   FIFA Puskas Award in 2018

Kevin De Bruyne

The last name on the list of the best Premier League foreign players ever is the brilliant midfielder of Man City,

Kevin De Bruyne

. He started his professional career at

Genk

, where he won 1 Belgian Pro League title, 1 Belgian Cup, and 1 Belgian Super Cup.

In 2012, De Bruyne signed with Chelsea and was loaned to

Werder Bremen

in the 2012/13 season. This outstanding midfielder played for the Blues of London for one season and then moved to

VfL Wolfsburg

, where he won 1 DFB Pokal and 1 DFL Super Cup title.

In 2015, De Bruyne’s story with the Citizens began. He has won 3 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 5 EFL Cup, and 1 FA Community Shield with Manchester City.

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