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Captain Steven Gerrard Announces His Retirement From England National Team

After playing 14 years with the Three Lions, Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

The announcement comes almost a month after England national team’s poor performance in the World Cup 2014 Brazil. Gerrard captained the English side while they knocked out at the group stage of this tournament.

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Steven Gerrard announcing retirement on press—–image via: mic.com

The 34-year-old reflected on his lengthy international career,

” I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again. However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”

Gerrard’s current club Liverpool just missed out on their first title in the English Premier League top flight since 1990 as they came second to Manchester City, last season. As a result, they are going to take part in the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

 Current England coach Roy Hodgson had previously stated his desire for Steven Gerrard to continue his role as captain until 2016 Euro championship. Hearing Gerrard’s decision he expressed his disappointment,

“While I’m disappointed in his decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the great service he has given to his country”.

Steven Gerrard in his golden career:

Steven Gerrard made his debut for England in 2000 at Wembley stadium against Ukraine. Since then he accumulated 114 caps for England and netted 21 goals. Since then Gerrard represented the country at 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. He also played his role as the captain of England side 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to win 100 caps for England in 2012.

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Gerrard in his golden age—–image via: www.mirror.co.uk

Steven Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of English football. He is a real leader and a tireless runner with a superb vision. In 2005, he was honoured as the UEFA Club footballer of the year and won Bronze of FIFA Ballon D’Or. Gerrard is the only footballer ever in the football history to score a goal in a League Cup final and an FA Cup final and a Champions League final and a UEFA Cup final.

Steven Gerrard, who has spent his entire career with Liverpool after making his debut in 1998. He was named as team captain in 2003. His honours at Anfield include three League Cups, two FA Cups, two community Shields, one Champions League, two Super Cups and one UEFA Cup.

The French great Zinedine Zidane considered Steven Gerrard as the best footballer of the world.

Who will be his replacement???

The question now is who will be his replacement??? It will be a great task for the guys who will replace both personally in the center of the midfield and as captain. For the deep-lying midfielder role Roy Hodgson may look for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Gerrard’s Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.

Roy Hodgson is probably planning to shape a young-looking side. So the vastly experienced Wayne Rooney is likely to be considered as captain as will Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

Steven Gerrard, the legend of ‘Golden Age’

The legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves without any medals for England side, but he has a plenty of memories with his team. In the mid 2000s, English football was supposed to be ‘the Golden Age’ and Gerrard is one of the last standing members. In many ways, his retirement represents the end of and era for England.

Steven Gerrard said about his decision,

“This has been a very tough decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to friends and family and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.”

However, he wishes to prolong his career at Anfield. With Liverpool attaining Champions League title for the first time since 2009/10 season, his club calendar will be as stressful as it has been ever before.

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Top 10 Richest Football Players in English Premier League 2015

English Premier League always causes serious buzz among all sports fans in England. Undoubtedly this is the craziest interesting issue for almost all other soccer lovers from all over the world. So many traditional comraderies between teams, make this league one of the most talked-about in the world. There are interesting facts about this league that attracts fans most like- most successful managers in EPL, highest paid footballers in Premier League, richest football clubs in EPL, Richest Football players in English Premier League, Top rivalries in English Premier League and even goalkeepers or individual players from different positions. Yes, of course English Premier League is that much popular to the soccer world or we can call it as the football world.

Signing in new great players and leaving of such greats are another common issue here like most other renowned leagues in the world. But keep remember, despite these few changes, the intensity and passion for the EPL remains just as powerful as ever for millions of screaming soccer lovers.

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Ashley Cole left of the Italian club Roma, Rio Ferdinand moved from Manchester United after 12 years to join Queens Park Rangers, Frank Lampard left Chelsea after 13 years to join New York City FC. And most definitely some too big names have already signed here in English Premier League. The English Premier League transfer news assures that this League is currently holding some of the most valuable or highest paid footballers in the world.

Top 10 richest Football Players in English Premier League:

As we already have disclosed that this is the most-watched football league in the world (with a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people), no wonder that the English Premier League footballers make huge amounts of money. Accumulating their high endorsements deals, sponsorships huge salaries, we can easily conclude these players as some of the wealthiest sportsmen in the world.

Here, in a very short list we are trying to figure out some of these richest football players in English Premier League in 2015. These top 10 list is very specifically including only those English-born EPL footballers, who can be regarded as the richest footballers in England.

Let’s check out, who are the richest football players in English premier League 2015?

10. James Milner – $9 million

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The 28-year-old midfielder began his professional career playing for his native club Leeds United in 2202. He has also played for Newcastle United and Aston Villa before being signed in August 2010 to Manchester City.

James Milner is reported to be worth an estimated $9 million for Manchester City. City assured him a huge five-year, $40 million contract, which worth about $165,000 a week. Although he has only played a very short period in the English Premier League this season, fans are pretty sure he’s not too bent out of shape as before. Alongside the midfielder has an endorsement deal with Nike. Combining all these prospects we think our 10th choice James Milner as the richest football players in English Premier League is good enough.

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09. Ashley Young – $9 million

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Tied with James Milner at $9 million, Ashley Young is the 9th of the top 10 richest English Premier League footballers, currently playing as Manchester United winger. Point to be noted, he can be considered as English born from his mother’s side. The 29-year-old winger is from Hertfordshire, played for Watford and Aston Villa before signing with Manchester United in 2011.

Manchester United just offered him double what he was making at Villa. And the deal was $9 million for one year contract. Since 2007, Young has earned 28 caps on the English national team. In the meantime, the top paid player also scored 7 goals. Some of his opposing players and fans often refer him as Ashley Young could have had a great career as an actor or ballet dancer if he’d wanted. But definitely we believe there should have been enough causes behind this player’s being as one of the highest paid football players in England.

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08. Michael Carrick – $16.5 million

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Michael Carrick has already made an astounding 369 Premier League appearances and played in 59 UEFA Champions League matches. Primarily he plays as a center midfielder and has played in 245 games alone for Manchester United since 2006. Michael Carrick began his professional career playing for West Ham United in 1999.

In 2004, he was also loaned to Swindon Town and Birmingham City. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur from 2004 to 2006 before being picked up by Manchester United. But the $31 million estimated deal was fair enough for him to be convinced. Calculating his all kind of deals and sponsorships we believe, his probable weekly earning is $132,000k. Currently he has endorsement deal with Puma.

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07. Joe Cole – $27 million

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Another highest earning midfielder, who began playing for Aston Villa in English Premier League in 2014. His professional career started in 1998 laying for West Ham United. Then he moved on to play for Chelsea from 2003 until 2010.

Successfully he won a number of trophies with Chelsea, including two FA Cups and three Premier League titles. Meantime he was signed with Liverpool for three years and again went back to West Ham United until 2013. At present with Aston Villa, he earns almost $8 million a year ($148,000 per week). He also has an Adidas soccer boots sponsorship deal.

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06. Ashley Cole – $35 million

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As we have already spoken of his leaving from the English Premier League. Now he plays for the Italian club Roma. Still we provide a spot on this list of top 10 richest English Premier League footballers in 2015, as he has already been playing for 16 huge years in the Premier League arena. Cole is considered by many sports critics and fellow players as one of the best defenders of his generation in English Premier League, in fact in the world.

Ashley Cole began his professional career playing for Arsenal in 1998. Then he was transferred to Chelsea in 2006 for $8.2 million. He has won two Premier League titles and three FA cups. This contract with Chelsea earned him $180,000 a week. Besides, he owns the company Kenzie Promotions, which worth over $2 million.

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05. John Terry – $39 million

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One of the legend footballers in English generation, John terry is the center back and captain of Chelsea. Remarkably he earns almost 260,000k per week. Since 1998, he played with the team making 424 appearances in the English Premier League. He was also the captain of the England national team from 2006 to 2012.

Terry has earned many accolades and is considered one of the best central defenders of present time. He was elected the UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008, and 2009. And also the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005. He was the only English player to make the all-star squad team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Undoubtedly, Terry is Chelsea’s all-time highest scoring defender and may be the most successful captain. His total achievements for Chelsea includes three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Champions League.

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04. Frank Lampard – $45 million

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Frank Lampard is the legendary attacking midfielder, currently playing for Manchester City on loan from New York City FC. Basically he is the most renowned Chelsea man from 2001 to 2014 and played 424 games for Chelsea. And yes, he is the all-time leading goal scorer in Chelsea. He has been long-time described by his teammate John Terry as Chelsea’s greatest player ever. We all know, he is most definitely one of the best midfielders of our generation.

A new contract in 2008 made Lampard the highest paid footballer at that time. Also the endorsement deals with Adidas and Pepsi boosted his annual earnings to $17.7 million two years ago. Frank Lampard is the first midfielder to ever score 150 Premier League goals in history.

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03. Steven Gerrard – $60 million

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Steven Gerrard is the central midfielder and captain of Liverpool. He spent almost his entire professional career playing for Liverpool. After starting in 1998, he has already made 478 appearances for the English giant club. He earns $230,000 a week as captain and makes about $14.8 million a year. His endorsements with Adidas, Jaguar and energy drinks company Lucozade earned him $4.5 million yearly.

Gerrard also has achieved so many titles and honors for the club. In total, he has won two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup and the Champions League in 2005. There is another noticeable earning of this player as being the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final.

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02. Rio Ferdinand – $75 million

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Ferdinand was transferred from Leeds United to Manchester United in 2002 for around $50 million at that time. Definitely it was record breaking for the Premier League history. He has been the center back for Manchester United from 2002 to 2014. He signed with the Queens Park Rangers meantime.

Rio Ferdinand has many other money-making interests besides football. He was hired by Mars to promote their Snickers bar via Twitter, where he has 2.5 million followers. And his extensive property in London, Cheshire, and Morocco confirms his 2nd position in the short list of top 10 richest English Premier League footballers. This highest paid footballer also has a sponsorship deal with Nike. Being of the wealthiest Premier League football player, he grew from $6.5 million in 2011 to $65 million in 2012.

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01. Wayne Rooney – $125 million

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Another Legend English footballer, who began his professional career only at the age of 16 in 2002 playing for Everton. In the summer of 2004 he was moved to Manchester United for $42 million. Currently he has been given the role of Captain for the all-time giant English club. Oh, yes, he is currently England’s national team forward striker and captain too.

According to a 2012 report, Wayne Rooney earns $32.6 million a year and is the fifth highest football player in the world. But surely the richest football player in English Premier League in our current list in 2015. He is widely regarded as the country’s best player. His endorsements include Nike, Electronic Arts, Nokia, Harper Collins, Ford and Coca Cola..

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Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players in 2016

The top-tier English professional soccer league for football clubs associated with the Football Association (FA) is commonly termed as Premier League. Undoubtedly it is one of the most watched and most anticipated leagues in the world of club football, which is also contested between 20 Premier division clubs in England. Sheer competition between clubs ranking first, sometimes unwantedly getting into the bottom of the league table, makes Premier league so exciting and must talk for the total football world. This league is also known as the Barclays Premier League as it is sponsored by the Barclays Bank in England. But most often referred to as the English Premier League (EPL) for the rest of the world. This Football League First Division was also broken down and renamed the FA Premier League once.

The Premier League has established itself as the most-watched league in the world with its broadcasts in 212 countries, successfully counted 643 million homes and 4.7 billion audience all over the world.

Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players:

The most watched Premier League of course draws huge amount of money in every aspect related with it. With extreme competition, support and scope of football in England, top players come in during the summer and winter transfers to experience greater footballing platform. Some of these most renowned players are incredibly paid for their skill, talent and passion they demonstrate on the pitch of Premier League. Teams need to spend millions to have their players of choice transferred to their club.

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Here we are making out a short list of these highest paid Premier League Players in 2016. Depending on a very recent payment statistics, we are only counting those top 10 highest paid Premier League Players currently playing for giant clubs of English Premier League 2016.

Let’s check out, who is the highest paid Premier League Player in 2015?

10. John Terry – Chelsea – £160 000 per week

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John Terry is considered as one of the most successful captains in English club football. Basically he plays for Chelsea FC and the English national team. After being introduced by the West Ham youth Academy, he moved to Chelsea in 1995. John Terry has an estimated weekly earning of £160 000 from the London Club.

The most earning Premier League footballer had already won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League in his glorious career so far. He is also the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League history. So, in total, John Terry is our 10th cast as of the top 10 highest paid Premier League Players 2016.

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9. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £170 000 per week

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Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium National Football Team. He is quite recent addition to the highest paid Premier League players in 2016, often described as one of the best modern day playmakers in the sporting arena.

De Bruyne began his career at Genk and was recently signed with the City for his wide range of passing and long-range shooting skills. Most notably he was named the footballer of the year 2015 in Germany. He joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million and now receives £170 000 a week as salary.

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08. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea – £170 000 per week

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Yes, of course the number on his back is familiar, but the soccer player’s career is a bit changed now a days with Chelsea. Watching Fabregas in blue shirt will take some time, getting used to. But may be the midfielder is not willing long to underline why Mourinho has brought the coup of the summer with that much passion.

From the Chelsea view point, Fabregas was cheaper than (£27 million) Alexis Sánchez, Diego Costa, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Yet Fabregas returns to England with 151 appearances under his belt with Barcelona. Notably he has also attained 91 most valuable caps for Spain National Team. And so the payment is not that cheap. His weekly estimated earning is about £170 000 from the London Club, which ranks him at number 7 of the highest paid football players of EPL 2016.

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7. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £180 000 per week

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Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English professional footballer, plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England National Team. We consider him at seventh in our list of top 10 highest paid Premier League players in 2016. He was awarded ‘Golden Boy’ for 2014 from a pan-European panel of sports journalists. He was also remarked as the most valuable (with a value of €49 million) young player in Europe 2015.

Sterling started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. But last year he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million. This is actually highest transfer fee for any English Player in 2016. Now he receives £180 000 a week from Manchester City.

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06. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – £190 000 per week

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German midfielder Mesut Ozil plays for the Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. Last season he was moved from the Spanish giant club Real Madrid to English Premier League. Mesut Ozil started out his professional football career at Schalke in 2006 and has been playing for his country since 2009. His estimated weekly earning is £190 000 from Arsenal in 2016.

After the prolific displays in the World Cup competition, he was attracted by Real Madrid in 2010. Again, he was transferred to Premier League club Arsenal on a club-record fee of £42.5 million, which eventually makes him the highest paid German footballer of all time. Ozil, ranks at number 9 of this list of highest paid Premier League players in 2016.

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5. David Silva (Manchester City) – £200 000 per week

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David Josué Jiménez Silva is a Spanish professional soccer player, plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain National Football team. Mainly David Silva is an attacking midfielder, but he can also adjust as a winger or second striker. Here we keep him at fifth in our list of top 10 best paid Premier League Players in 2016.

The predominantly left-footed footballer spent six years of his professional career with the Spanish La Liga club Valencia CF. in 2010 summer he was moved to the English richest football club Manchester City. He has been awarded as ‘Merlin’ for his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities.

After joining the City, David Silva has appeared in over 200 matches in five seasons, winning Premier League title, Football League Cup and FA cup. Now a time, Silva receives £200 000 a week from Manchester City.

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04. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – £220 000 per week

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Eden Hazard is undoubtedly one of the finest attacking midfielders in the English Premier League 2016. He plays as a winger for his club and the Belgium national team. He is also well known for his creativity, speed and technical abilities. The highest earning Premier League footballer has another specification, he is regarded as one of the finest dribblers in Premier League football of his generation.

Eden Hazard started out his professional football career at Stade Brainois. He departed the French club in 2012 for the Premier League side Chelsea in 2012. The recorded transfer fee was £32million for the most valuable midfielder in the world. He made his senior debut in 2008, only at the age of 17. His weekly earning clearly remarks his position in the list of highest paid Premier League players 2016.

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03. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Yaya Toure is a complete deep-lying central midfielder, who plays for the Manchester City. He is very well known for his clear passing techniques and his physical presence on the field. The Ivorian international started his footballing career at ASEC Mimosas. He was also found playing with other top teams in Europe.

Because of his great on-field presence Toure signed to the Barcelona side in 2007 for a fee of £6.7 million. We all can remember that historic year of Barcelona with six trophies. Then he was signed for the Premier League side Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of £24 million. Currently he is paid £240 000 per week from the Premier League Club and that makes him the 4th most paid Footballer in EPL 2016.

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02. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Argentine National Team football player Sergio Aguero plays as a striker for the Premier League Club Manchester City. The youngest player to ever play Argentine Premiera Division, he represented his nation at the World Cup as well. He started his professional footballing career at Independiente, then to the La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2006. Having won the Europa League and Super Cup for the Spanish club, he was transferred to one of the richest football clubs in the world, Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee (around £35 million).

Aguero is Manchester City’s highest-scoring player in European competitions with 13 goals so far. He is currently on a salary of £240 000 a week as his contract with the English Club. And that makes him the 6th highest paid football player in the English Premier League 2016.

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01. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – £260 000 per week

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Wayne Rooney is undoubtedly one of the best stars in English football. He is well known as Wazza and plays for the Manchester United side in the English Premier League. He came here for a fee of £25.6 million from Everton in 2004. Scoring more than 200 goals for the team, he ranks fourth in Manchester United’s all-time highest goal scorers.

The English superstar started out his professional footballing career for his nation in 2003. The prolific striker already has 88 caps for the national side and is paid £260 000 per week from Manchester United. Together with several other endorsement deals he is the highest paid Premier League player in 2016. His name is also to be found at higher orders in highest paid football players list in the world 2016..

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