The Premier League has had some of the best football players in history. From across the globe, thousands of incredible players have graced the field. This list will go through the best Premier League transfers of all time.
Didier Drogba is regarded as one of, if not the best striker to play for Chelsea. The Ivorian signed for the Blues in 2004 from Marseille. He was seen as maybe too old, being 26 at the time, but those doubters were proved very wrong, very quickly.
He went on to score over 100 goals for Chelsea in his time there, as well as being a major part in the 4 league titles Chelsea won in his time there and was also part of the team that won the Champions League in the 2011/12 season. Easily a club legend, there hasn’t been another striker that has reached the bar he set.
You can’t say anything about Thierry Henry that hasn’t been said before. Regarded as one of the best players to ever play the game, the striker was signed by Arsenal from Juventus in 1999, and the rest is history.
Over 170 goals in 250+ appearances, the Frenchman was unstoppable, his skill unmatched, and his touch was legendary. An invincible, he was part of a strike force that included Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, and captained by Patrick Viera. Henry was an Arsenal legend before he even left the club in 2007.
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Frank Lampard made 429 appearances for Chelsea after being signed from West Ham in 2001. He was a midfielder who ran the game in his heyday, linking up with the likes of Didier Drogba that made Chelsea a goal-scoring machine.
With multiple Premier League titles to his name, as well as a Champions League and Europa League winners medal, Lampard is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Premier League history.
Sadio Mane was signed by Liverpool from Southampton in 2016. He has definitely been instrumental in the skyrocketing success that Liverpool have seen in the past couple of seasons, especially since being teamed up with Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.
Yes, Liverpool have had some incredible goal scorers over the past few years, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez for example, but Mane has been the one that has seen the success and is well on his way to potentially getting a statue outside of Anfield.
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A player who in some regards was underrated and even disrespected, Yaya Toure can easily be seen as one of the biggest reasons Manchester City are as successful in the modern era as they are.
Signed from Barcelona in 2010, the Ivorina was strong, quick, had an incredible defensive skill, had a deft touch, could find a goal producing pass, as well as blast some rockets into the back of the net from a free kick. He was an incredible player that deserved more praise and respect while at the Citizens.
Signed from Blackburn in 1996, Alan Shearer is a Newcastle god. The striker scored over 140 goals during his time at the Magpies and was most definitely a driving force behind their dominance at the time.
Even though at club level he didn’t win many awards, individually, he won everything from the Golden Boot, to the Player of the Year, part of the Team of the Century, and multiple other awards. His massive brass statue outside St. James’ park is testament to his impact on the club.
Petr Cech is still easily the best goalkeeper to ever play in the Premier League. Chelsea signed the Czech in 2004, and he went on to make over 300 appearances for the club. Goalkeepers don’t always get the credit they deserve, but even though Cech was praised for his ability, it probably wasn’t enough.
He has over 200 clean sheets to his name, he also holds the title of most clean sheets in a single season, and his 202 clean sheets are the most in Premier League history. A severe head injury couldn’t even derail his remarkable career. Let’s not even forget that he was recently put back on the books at Chelsea as an emergency keeper.
Atletico Madrid have probably regretted letting go of Kun every day since he left. An absolute magician in front of goal, Sergio Aguero has been the best striker from Manchester City in recent memory, 180 goals in over 250 appearances doesn’t do him justice.
Technically phenomenal, and able to score from almost anywhere, Aguero was the one who won City the Premier League in a dramatic 2012 game against QPR. The winner of multiple individual awards, even at the age of 32, he doesn’t look like he will be slowing down any time soon.
These are only a few of the many, many world-class players that have played in the Premier League. Almost every Premier League has had a transfer that has been an absolute game-changer in their own way, and there is no doubt that there will be many more to talk about in the years to come.