He finished his Premier League career in 2007 with 91 league goals in 235 Premier League appearances for United. Phillips’ goal-scoring record during the late '90s and early 2000s was a joy to behold. It comes as no surprise that Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta are included given their four Champions League wins. AS haven't given reasons for why they consider Di Stefano to be greater, but the reason is perhaps due to how many more trophies he helped Real Madrid win during his spell. A maverick talent, the Guernsey-born playmaker is revered and adored by fans of almost every club. The Portuguese forward won the competition with Manchester United in 2008 and then an additional four times with 'Los Blancos.'.
After a relatively slow start to his Anfield career, by his standards at least, the striker burst into life in the Premier League, netting 54 goals in 66 league matches between 2012 and 2014. In almost 600 appearances for Barcelona and 115 games for Spain, the midfielder has won eight La Ligas, three Champions Leagues, a European Championship and a World Cup - plus many more. You know you’re a good player when you have a position named after you. Dublin started life as a sturdy centre-back, but flourished as a striker for the likes of Manchester United, Coventry City and Aston Villa. He will likely retire without a Premier League winners’ medal, but in the 2004-05 season Steven Gerrard delivered one of the most inspired Champions League performances in the tournament’s history. In nearly 500 league appearances for Manchester United, Scholes lifted 11 titles and became publicly revered by the likes of Xavi and Andrea Pirlo. Zammorano was prolific during his four season spell at the club. "When the seagulls follow the trawler..." If we're talking about pure impact, Cantona would have this wrapped up before voting started. Zidane is a brilliant manager, but he was an even better player. But that’s not all he was – he had the stamina of a champion to match. All time - Players Record - Knockout Stage. Players can bend the game to their will, and no player has done this more … In 1989 and 1990, he was part of Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan juggernaut that also included Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, and he added titles in the new Champions League in 1994, 2003 and 2007 as well. Suarez’s time at Liverpool was filled with controversial moments. He’s also the only midfielder to have scored over 150 goals in the league since 1992, and finished as the Premier League top assist provider three times. Roberto Firmino, world-class pretty much every day,” said Jurgen Klopp about his iconic front three. We hold it to be important, indeed.
The striker left Old Trafford for Inter after that, having netted 113 goals in 252 top-flight matches. The Brazilian just wanted to express himself on the pitch and that toothy grin was beautiful to see. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited. In recent memory, only his teammate Virgil van Dijk has had such an astonishing first season at a Premier League club, a 32-goal year in which everything the Egyptian touched turned to gold. Camacho played over 500 times for the club and won 19 major titles.
After picking up a long ball, Pires flicked the ball over George Boateng’s head before casually clipping a cute effort over none other than Peter Schmeichel. Cole enjoyed one of the best debut campaigns in Premier League history, notching 34 goals for promoted Newcastle in 1993/94. Having won the lot for club and country and spending the latter part of his career in Liga NOS with FC Porto, Casillas officially announced his retirement earlier this week and is the greatest goalkeeper in the competition's history. By the time he turned 29, Andres Iniesta had appeared in 91 Champions League matches and won the competition on three occasions—in 2006, 2009 and 2011. As Milner perfectly summarises, Gerrard was the complete midfielder. Since the competition's inception in 1992, some of the greatest players of all time have blessed us with their brilliance. He also lifted plenty of trophies along the way - nine La Ligas, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and a World Cup - where he scored the winner in the final in extra-time against the Netherlands. “You would look at him busting a gut and feel that you’d be betraying him if you didn’t give everything yourself,” Gary Neville said of Roy Keane. The right-back is an unstoppable attacking force and broke the Premier League record for assists by a defender last season with 12. He also helped Newcastle and Manchester City reach the Champions League despite the dominance of of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in the early 2000s.
Injury problems meant that his stints at Newcastle and Manchester United were ineffectual, but his 150 Premier League goals, mostly for Liverpool, still has him 9th in the all-time top-scorers list. The man simply was goals. All Rights Reserved. Rio Ferdinand exclusive: His dream 5-a-side team featuring former Manchester United teammates.
It’s somehow hard to believe the Juventus icon won just a single European Cup over an illustrious 19 years with the Bianconeri. During his time at Lazio, the defender won the UEFA Cup, Winners’ Cup and Super Cup and finished runners-up to Inter Milan in the 1998 UEFA Cup. His goalscoring record still stands and it may be a very long time before he's finally dethroned. He bowed out of the game in pretty legendary style, too. The Serbian made 211 league appearances for the club during eight years at Old Trafford, with his dominating presence at the back leading United to five Premier League titles. Messi or Ronaldo: Which player has earned the most Ballon d'Or points in history? Campbell’s move from Tottenham to rivals Arsenal in 2001 remains one of the most controversial Premier League transfers ever, but heralded an era of enormous success for player and club. Redondo was a played 225 times for the club across six seasons. Scholes perhaps didn’t get the credit he deserves in England as he competed with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard for the national side.
A European Cup winner in 2006, 2009 and 2011, he has found individual awards rather fleeting.