Dennis Bergkamp in action for Arsenal
August 22nd, 2018

Top 5 Foreign Stars to Play in the Premier League

Following Alan Shearer’s latest comments regarding Sergio Aguero being ‘the best foreign player to have ever played in the premier league’. We at Toals have picked our own top 5 foreign players to have graced the premier league… do you agree?

5. Nemanja Vidic

The Serbian powerhouse fit perfectly into the heart of Manchester United’s defence alongside England’s very own Rio Ferdinand. The Big Serb had a towering leap and a terminator like inability to sense physical pain, he was the power presence united needed as they became the dominant force once again in the premier league for almost a decade. Throughout his 9 years in Manchester Vidic win 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups, 5 Community Shields and a Champions League medal. While playing at Old Trafford there is no doubt that Vidic may have been the best centre half in the world and since his departure the United back line has still not recovered! Not only could he defend but also had a sweet strike as well, check out his fine finish below…

4. Dennis bergkamp

After failing to score in his first 6 games after joining Arsenal from Inter Milan the Dutch man was being labelled ‘useless’ and a ‘waste of money’ by some gunners. But how wrong were they! Bergkamp went on to be a bright spark in North London for a remarkable 11 years, looking like a player who was from a different planet gliding past players for fun. A memory which will always stick out in the minds of Premier League fans was that hat-trick against Leicester City in 1997 which Martin O’Neill the then manager of Leicester described it as the ‘best hat-trick’ he had ever seen. The popular dutch man made 423 appearances for the gunners winning the Premier League 3 times, 4 FA Cups and 1 Community Shield. Check out that delightful hat-trick below…

3. Sergio Aguero

AGUEROOOOOOOOO… Martin Tyler’s famous reaction to that last minute winner which give city their first league title in 44 years. The Argentine joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and immediately hit the ground running scoring 23 goals in 34 appearances throughout his first season at the club. At the end of the 15/16 season, of players who had played at least 2 seasons in the premier league Aguero had the highest goals per minute ratio in the history of the Premier League averaging a goal every 106 minutes ahead of the likes of Henry. He also holds the joint record for most goals scored in a single Premier League game- 5 goals! In his time at City Aguero has bagged a staggering 204 goals in 295 games and again this season has started like a house on fire! Check out that famous last minute goal that clinched Manchester City the title…

2. Thierry Henry

The Frenchman arrived at Highbury as a young wideman and left 8 years later as one of the most prolific strikers in Premier League history and Arsenal’s record goalscorer. Henry played a major role in the famous ‘Invincibles’ squad of 03/04 . Again Henry collected many individual awards and in his 9 years as a gunner he win 2 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cups and 1 Community Shield. In 2007 he left North London for Barcelona where he spent 3 seasons at the Nou Camp winning 2 La Liga’s, 1 Copa Del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup and 1 Champions League. The talented striker not only done it at club level but also with the French national team, winning the World Cup and the European Championships once. Henry will certainly be a player that will be forever remembered in the Premier League for his talent, goals and personality. Watch below Henry’s fantastic hat-rick from the Champions League in 02/03…

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Where do you begin with this man? A player who has win almost everything domestically, countless individual awards and arguably the greatest footballer world football has ever seen. He joined Manchester United in 2003 as a fresh faced teenager from Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo enjoyed 6 glorious seasons at Old Trafford winning 3 Premier Leagues, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cups, 1 Community Shield and 1 Champions League. In the summer of 2009 Ronaldo decided to call it time on his Manchester United career and moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a record fee of £80 million. The Portuguese magician spent 9 years in Madrid winning 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copa Del Reys, 2 Spanish Super Cups and a staggering 4 Champions Leagues. Ronaldo only this summer decided to call it curtains on his Madrid chapter and has joined Italian powerhouse Juventus and with Ronnie being like a fine wine I am not sure Serie A is ready for him! Check out below Ronaldo’s strike from a Champions League game against FC Porto…

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