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Top 5 Wingers In Premier League History

Mohammed Salah
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The toughest league in European football has had plenty of talented players at various clubs but in all the top players, the wingers have played a special role on the pitch. In recent years we have seen that wingers are not just ones who set up the goal but score them too! One may say they are as important as a striker today. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best wingers in Premier League history:

5. ROBERT PIRES – ARSENAL

 

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Being a part of one of the best Arsenal sides we have ever seen, Robert Pires is widely considered as one of the best wingers the league has ever seen. During his prime time with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, Pires operated as a winger as well as an attacking midfielder but usually playing on the left flank, he was very well known for his dribbling and goal-scoring ability. The Frenchman was also part of some lethal partnerships in the Arsenal attack with players like Dennis Bergkamp, Freddie Ljungberg, and Thierry Henry. He showed his best form from the year 2002 to 2005 where he managed to bag 14 goals in the league, in all three seasons.

4. DAVID BECKHAM – MANCHESTER UNITED

 

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David Beckham is arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time and a Manchester United legend for sure. Beckham, who spent eleven years at Old Trafford achieved a lot, both at a personal and team level. The winger who was known for his magical right foot was capable of the extraordinary and was often seen whipping his signature inswinging crosses into the box. The former Man United player was also an excellent set-piece taker and was capable of bending the ball like ‘himself’. To justify his addition to PL’s all-time top wingers, Beckham scored 85 goals and provided 101 assists in his 338 appearances for Manchester United.

3. EDEN HAZARD – CHELSEA

 

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Before his move to Real Madrid, Eden Hazard had that x-factor in him to become the greatest winger of all time but injuries and lack of game-time did not help his cause. During his time at Chelsea however, Hazard absolutely ruled the Premier League. Hazard was the complete package at Chelsea scoring 85 goals overall and winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2014/15 where his contributions were very valuable along Chelsea’s road to becoming PL champions.

2. CRISTIANO RONALDO – MANCHESTER UNITED

 

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Through the Portuguese legend’s first stint at Manchester United from 2003 to 2009, Ronaldo was an all-out winger and built his reputation as one of the GOATs in world football. Known for his quick/tricky dribbling skills and long-range accuracy, Ronaldo has always been a menace to the opposition defense. Ronaldo made a total of 292 appearances for the Red Devils before leaving for Real Madrid, scoring a total of 118 goals and providing 69 assists. Having signed once again for United this summer, Ronaldo already has five goals in six appearances.

1. MOHAMED SALAH – LIVERPOOL

 

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is a classic example of how the role of wingers has changed from just being goal providers to goal scorers. Since joining from Roma, Salah has evolved from a regular right-winger to one of the best players in world football by displaying some ridiculous consistency of scoring 20+ league goals ever since he joined the league. In his 152 appearances for the club, Salah has bagged a total of 101 league goals for the Reds and has also provided more than 50 assists. One of his best seasons was his first one with Liverpool in which he went on to score 32 goals in a single season (most by any player in PL history).

 

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