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Is this the Greatest Premier League Team of All Time?

Updated on April 13, 2016

By kalkilby, Contributor for Soccerjury

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An attempt has been made to select the greatest ever Premier League XI. Iconic players have been selected from the Premier League era since the league's inception in 1992.

Overall there are five Manchester United players, two each from Chelsea and Arsenal, and a single player from Newcastle United and Liverpool.

Do you agree with this selection?

Is this the greatest Premier League team of all time?

GK: Peter Schmeichel (Denmark) Country: 84.19%

All-time rank: 64

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The great Dane inspired Manchester United to five Premier League titles and numerous cup wins. Not only was Schmeichel a great goalkeeper in terms of his ability, he also brought the best out of his defence and wasn't afraid to let them know when he wasn't happy with their efforts. His performance away to Newcastle United in 1996, allowed his team to go on and win the league that year.

The standout goalkeeper in the Premier League era.


DL: Ashley Cole (England) Country: 79.33%

All-time rank: 231

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Many Arsenal fans will consider Cole's selection as a controversial choice, following his move from the Gunners to Chelsea. However, in terms of pure footballing ability, Cole was unrivaled as a full-back for many years in the Premier League. One of the few defenders who was capable of subduing the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo.


DC: John Terry (England) Country: 78.99%

All-time rank: 239

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Regardless of who has been in charge at Stamford Bridge, John Terry has become the backbone of the Chelsea team since his debut in the 1998/99 season. Terry's bravery and reading of the game are second to none. And despite being a popular hate figure for plenty of opposition fans, his ability as a defender and leader cannot be questioned. The former England captain has played in more than 459 league games for the Blues.


DC: Rio Ferdinand (England) Country: 81.60%

All-time rank: 153

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Rio Ferdinand, in his prime, made the game look easy. The England international forged a great partnership at the back with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United, which led the club to numerous titles and European glory. Ferdinand's reading of the game and eye for a pass, made him a stand out defender in his era. His £30 million transfer from Leeds to Manchester United in 2002 still remains the record fee paid for a defender in the Premier League era.


DR: Gary Neville (England) Country: 78.93%

All-time rank: 242

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A reliable defender with strong leadership qualities. A mainstay of the Manchester United for more than 10 years. Comfortably one of the most consistent performers the Premier League has ever seen. Reliable defensively, Neville was able to produce quality crosses for his attacking players to feed off. Struck up a great understanding with both David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo during their United's title winning years.


ML: Ryan Giggs (Wales) Country: 83.32%

All-time rank: 87

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The most decorated player in the history of English football, scoring in 23 consecutive Premier League seasons. A one club man who started out as an exciting winger, Giggs adapted his game as he got older and re-invented himself as a central midfield player. Will there ever be a player like the Welsh wizard again?


MC: Steven Gerrard (England) Country: 79.73%

All-time rank: 217

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Despite never winning the Premier League title, Steven Gerrard will go down as one of the best players the Premier league has ever seen. A true box-to-box midfielder, Gerrard could pass, score goals and also make goal saving tackles. He was the perfect modern day midfielder who was the fulcrum of the Liverpool team for more than 15 seasons.


DM: Patrick Vieira (France) Country: 84.34%

All-time rank: 60

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The French midfielder, was at the heart of Arsene Wenger's greatest ever Arsenal team. An all action approach to the game, Vieira could mix it with the best of them physically but also get hold of the ball and make things happen for his team. A dominating central midfield player, Vieira was key to the invincible Arsenal team of the 2003/04 season. Vieira edges out several noteworthy contenders to captain this side.


FW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Country: 85.75%

All-time rank: 22

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Alex Ferguson stated that Cristiano Ronaldo "was the greatest player I ever worked with". Who are we to argue? Unplayable at times, bullying opposition defences with his flair, strength and speed. In the 2007/08 season he scored 31 goals in just 34 games from the wing. Incredibly, he reached even greater heights after leaving the Premier League in the 2009/10 season.

Fends off stiff competion from his predecessor David Beckham.


FW: Thierry Henry (France) Country: 84.29%

All-time rank: 61

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The Frenchman was more than just a striker, and was renowned for his ability to pick the ball up out wide and glide past defenders. One of the most graceful players to have played in the Premier League. But Henry had substance to match his style, scoring 175 goals in 258 games for The Gunners. Henry won two Premier League titles and was the spearhead of the invincible team of 2003/04, scoring 30 league goals in the process.


FW: Alan Shearer (England) Country: 83.31%

All-time rank: 89

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Alan Shearer, was a striker capable of scoring any type of goal you desired. Whether it was a tap-in from three yards, a powerful header from a corner, a volley from the edge of the box, or a pile driver from 30 yards out, Shearer could do it all. With 260 Premier League goals to his name in just 441 league games, Shearer is the Premier League's all time top goalscorer. He also scored more than 30 goals in 3 consecutive seasons. These records are unlikely to be challenged anytime soon.


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Robbie Ackerman

Breaking record Kal! straight face

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Kal Kilby

Thanks to everyone for reading this article! smile

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Kal Kilby

Surprised at the views Robbie smile And how its suddenly taking off despite writing this a few months back. I'm a neutral fan (outside of Swansea of course), and hopefully other supporters realise this.

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Robbie Ackerman

Was on reddit earlier. You're famous Kal. Was on reddit earlier. You're famous Kal. http://www.reddit.com/r/reddevils/comments/3nppxl/5_players_from_united_made_it_into_this_all_time/

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Mark Lawes

You missed an obvious one. Rooney?

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Kal Kilby

Think Manchester United fans might claim Cantona, Keane, Scholes and maybe even Irwin and Stam might make the line-up. All fantastic players, but difficult to see who they would replace.

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Mark Lawes

Surely someone better than Neville? In the greatest ever England team article too. I suspect lots of closet United supporters on this site.

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Robbie Ackerman

Decent picks, but I would have Sol Campbell above Ferdinand. Good to Shearer made it - a better player for sure than Rooney at his peak.

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Kal Kilby

Surprised at the views Robbie smile And how its suddenly taking off despite writing this a few months back. I'm a neutral fan (outside of Swansea of course), and hopefully other supporters realise this.

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Robbie Ackerman

Was on reddit earlier. You're famous Kal. Was on reddit earlier. You're famous Kal. http://www.reddit.com/r/reddevils/comments/3nppxl/5_players_from_united_made_it_into_this_all_time/

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Kal Kilby

Think Manchester United fans might claim Cantona, Keane, Scholes and maybe even Irwin and Stam might make the line-up. All fantastic players, but difficult to see who they would replace.

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Robbie Ackerman

Decent picks, but I would have Sol Campbell above Ferdinand. Good to Shearer made it - a better player for sure than Rooney at his peak.

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Robbie Ackerman

Breaking record Kal! straight face

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Kal Kilby

Thanks to everyone for reading this article! smile

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Mark Lawes

You missed an obvious one. Rooney?

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Mark Lawes

Surely someone better than Neville? In the greatest ever England team article too. I suspect lots of closet United supporters on this site.

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Mark Lawes

You missed an obvious one. Rooney?

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