Thierry Henry voted as the Premier League’s best overseas player ever.
Premier League football has witnessed plenty of world-class players since the renaming was done in 1992. The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, and Leicester City have won the English top tier with the star-filled teams. Plenty of players were able to win multiple games single-handedly over the last 27 years.
Imagine the Premier League era without Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, and Cristiano Ronaldo in the last decade. Those three men laid a fantastic foundation for their respective sides by performing week in week out and carry their respective teams to glory.
European top tier leagues will not be the same without the presence of overseas players in the league. If the Premier League was filled with only English, Scottish, and Irish Internationals, the league will be way too boring for the viewers.
But, who is the best Premier League from outside of the United Kingdom?
The famous outlet BBC decided to cast the vote and over 250,000 got involved to vote for the best overseas Premier League player.
The winner, unsurprisingly, is Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry. The Frenchman, who scored 175 goals and provided 74 assists in 258 appearances, received a whopping 45 per cent of the votes.
Second on the list, with 14 percent, was former Manchester United forward and Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese International was way too inconsistent during the early stages of his Red Devils career before turning into a goal machine under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The current Juventus forward is widely regarded as one of the best players to have graced the game. The 34-year-old scored 86 and registered another 34 assists to his name during his stint at Old Trafford.
Another Manchester United star followed Cristiano Ronaldo in the list. Eric Cantona, who is regarded as one of the best players to have represented the Red Devils comes third in the list with 12 per cent. The enigmatic Frenchman netted 70 goals and set up 56 more in 156 games for Man United.
Let’s take a look at the results in full, in reverse order.
- Jaap Stam – 0%
David De Gea – 1%
Petr Cech – 1%
Vincent Kompany – 2%
Patrick Viera – 2%
Nemanja Vidic – 2%
David Silva – 2%
Peter Schmeichel – 5%
Didier Drogba – 6%
Sergio Aguero – 8%
Eric Cantona – 12%
Cristiano Ronaldo – 14%
Thierry Henry – 45%
Of course, there are many legends left in the list. But, the fans were told to pick from the current crop of players who flew away from other countries to take part in the Premier League.
One of the many reasons for the prominent rise in the viewership of the English top tier is because of the number of foreign players taking part in the Premier League. For example, Mohamed Salah, who singlehandedly carried Egypt to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years will attract plenty of football watchers from Africa.
Liverpool’s CEO Peter Moore mentioned that there was a stupendous increase from in and around Egypt in the Reds’ social media fan following since his move to the club. It has been the case with plenty of world-class players.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi said that he used to follow the Gunners during his childhood days because of numerous French players including Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera, who established themselves as one of the best players to have played the Premier League.
Let’s look at how Twitter has reacted to Henry winning the best overseas player in the Premier League era.
HERE’S HOW TWITTER REACTED TO IT..
When comparing Henry to other PL strikers, you can’t base it on just goals/game ratio. Thierry had EVERYTHING. Kane has 18 PL assists in 6 seasons. Thierry registered 20 in 1, 74 overall. He was simply unplayable for 3/4 years. Should’ve been a ballon d’or winner. #AFC pic.twitter.com/MPICXIc1XB
— Gunners.com (@Gunnersc0m) March 22, 2019
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— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 21, 2019
Liverpool FC CEO Peter Moore on Mo Salah “The moment we signed Mohamed, straight away we looked at our social media platforms and you could look at IP addresses and immediately see [a huge rise in followers], in particular from Egypt.” pic.twitter.com/4Cj7Z6UQhE
— Sudarshan Venkatesan (@SrinzzzLFC) January 23, 2019
C. Ronaldo career stats:
31 apps, 5 goals
292 apps, 118 goals
350 apps, 366 goals
133 apps, 61 goals
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) September 15, 2016
I see Thierry Henry has been voted the greatest ever foreign player to play in The English Premiere League. Whether you agree or not with that decision, he could recognise a footballer when he saw one. https://t.co/wo553WNBFH
— Brogan Rogan Trevino (@BroganRoganTrev) March 23, 2019