Let’s See Who are Top Foreign Imports in EPL History!
Whenever you mention Eric Cantona’s name in the street of Manchester, you’ll get ‘The King’ as your response. This Frenchman had an amazing time in United whereby he helped United to clinch many titles. As charismatic he is, Cantona was then inaugural into the English Football Hall of Fame in the year of 2002 and labeled as the Premier League’s most controversial players ever. Cantona is a player of sheer determination and will, not to forget this temper as well. An individual that can find the back of the net at all times, he was voted as the Overseas Player of the Decade on the year of 2003 and in the year of 2004. Eric Cantona was also named in the FIFA 100 list as one of the world’s greatest living players by Pele himself. With such a title to his name, Eric Cantona is surely one of the greatest imports to have ever walked in the premier league.
If there are any players to be remembered in Arsenal, it will be Dennis Bergkamp. Dennis was labeled as one of the greatest players in his generation to have ever played in the premier league. Dennis started his career when he was first spotted by Ajax when he was young and made his first debut in the year 1986. Soon, he joined Arsenal in the year 1995 where he bloomed into being one of the greatest foreign talents to have played in the Premier League. Dennis was known as the ‘Non-Flying Dutchman’, due to he helped Arsenal in clinching three Premier League titles, four FA Cup trophies as well as reaching the 2006 UEFA Champions League final. With a total of 120 goals for Arsenal in his belt, Dennis finished third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice. Not only that, he was also named by Pele as one of the FIFA 100 greatest living players. Dennis was no ordinary player as he was the first Dutchman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of fame, an award that only the best can join. With such records around his belt, it is no surprise that Dennis is a legend in the Premier League history.
Ryan Giggs is one of the United’s greatest players and he is justified by his amazing dribbling skills, goals and his ability to create goals for his teammates. The Welshman was offered a contract on the 29th of November 1990 and soon took over in becoming one of the great foreign players in the premier league. Giggs has helped United in achieving many milestones in his 24 years with a total of 162 assists in the Premier League.
These milestones include helping United in clinching 13 Premier League titles, three league cup winners title, four FA Cup trophies, two UEFA Champions League trophies, an Intercontinental Cup winners medal, a FIFA Club World Cup trophy, a UEFA Super Cup medal, and nine FA Community Shield winner trophies. With these achievements in his belt, one can only wonder what an amazing player Giggs is. If these statements are not enough to back-up why Giggs is one of the top foreign players in the history of the premier league, he was also the first player in history to be named the PFA Young Player of the Year consecutively in the year of 1992 and 1993. Truly a magician in his own class, Giggs surely has left his mark on the football world.
As we walk into the Emirates Stadium, we would see a famous knee-slide statue and that player is none other Thierry Henry himself. To be immortalized by a statue shows that Thierry Henry certainly left a great impact on the achievements of Arsenal Football Club. Henry is one of the greatest players that once stepped foot in the Emirates. Thierry Henry, alongside his manager Arsene Wenger was the combination that electrified clubs in every game that ended up making countless of history during their time in the club. With amazing pace, insights, power, agility, and precision, it almost seems that Thierry Henry had it all. He is Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer with a staggering amount of 228 goals in his belt. In addition, Henry was the runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year as well as being named in the UEFA Team of the year five times. It’s no surprise that Thierry Henry is one of the top foreign players to have ever stepped foot in the Premier League.
Voted as Chelsea’s greatest player ever in the year of 2003, Zola is the start of Abramovich dominance in the premier league. Gianfranco Zola is a very special individual in the eyes of Chelsea’s fans. Gianfranco Zola played with spirit and passion. He was a force to be reckoned with, scoring wonder goals as well as providing unbelievable passes to his teammates, Zola was the heart and soul of the blues. One of his most memorable moments would be the moment where Zola demolished Manchester United’s defense. Also, he scored pass Peter Schmeichel and was described by Sir Alex Ferguson (the manager of Manchester United) as a ‘clever little soand-so’. Zola continued his amazing performance with Chelsea where he won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, two FA Cups, UEFA Super Cup, the League Cup and lastly the Community
Shield. If there is any notable player-initiated Chelsea’s reign in the premier league, it would certainly be Gianfranco Zola.
Throughout the ages of the Premier League, there were many signings but the one signing that would eventually be made a legend is the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting CP to Manchester United. There is nothing much to say about this man. The best footballer to have ever walked this planet, some might say. To others, this individual only appears once in every decade. Ronaldo’s greatness started when Sir Alex Ferguson bought him over from Sporting CP and it was no mistake. Given the famous no.7 shirt that has always been worn by only the greatest players of Manchester United, Ronaldo did not fail to deliver. Scoring goals that would almost seem impossible, dribbling pass defense with ease, commanding the respect of all players on the pitch, Ronaldo was just a magician to begin with. In his time with Manchester United, Ronaldo had won countless trophies. He also managed to win the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Players of the Year awards that only the best could win. It’s no surprise that Ronaldo won it, simply because he was at a class of his own at that time. Up till today, Ronaldo is still causing terror among the club and defenders that he goes against. One of the most respectable athletes in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly the best foreign import player to have ever played in the premier league.