England is one of the two oldest national teams in football alongside Scotland. England national team won FIFA world Cup in 1966, hosting the finals and defeating the giant West Germany. Since then they didn’t achieve much success in international football, except the Semi final appearance in 1990 world cup. Nevertheless, the English football holds its glory by presenting some legends throughout the history. Sporty ghost today is going to discuss about top 10 English footballers of all time.
10. David Beckham (1996-2009, 17 goals in 115 caps)
There are very few more technically gifted player than the English forward David Beckham. He made his international debut in September 1996. Beckham’s international career is full of highs and lows. He made himself enemy of the state in 1998 world cup by getting sent off during the defeat on penalties to Argentina. But in next world cup his stoppage time goal against Greece smoothened the english agony. During that world cup , he laid the Argentina ghost to rest by scoring from a penalty in a 1-0 win. The 39 year old retired from football last year.
9. Gary Lineker (1984-1992, 48 goals in 80 caps)
Gary Lineker was the closest one to touch Sir Bobby Charlton’s record before his retired in 1992. In 1986 world cup, he was the tournaments leading goal scorer with six goals in his bag and still the only english footballer to have won the honourable Golden boot.
8. Bryan Robson (1980-1991, 26 goals in 90 caps)
Nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’, Robson was a prolific and energetic midfielder in the English side. He was famed for his important goals. Many believe that if Robson didn’t suffer injury in 1986 and 1990 world cup, England could have gone even further. This English footballer gave everything to his national team and his club. He is the greatest ever Manchester United player of all time. This player carries much influences for Manchester United as he is acting their ambassador. He remained in our list of best 10 English footballers of all time. Currently Robson took the responsibility as coach of the Thailand National Team.
7. Geoff Hurst (1966-1972, 29 goals in 49 caps)
Geoff Hurst is remembered for his outstanding performance in 1966 world cup. In the quarter final he scored the only goal to victory over Argentina. During the final Geoff Hurst’s famous blessing hat-trick gave the chance to the English to touch the FIFA world cup Trophy for the first time.
6. Gordon Banks (1963-1972, no goals in 73 caps )
Gordon Banks is the second best goal keeper of the 20th century in International Federation of Football History and Statistics rating. Lev Yashin is the only above him. During the final against West Germany in 1966 world cup, Banks kept four clean sheets and made numerous stops. Four years later when playing against Brazil, there was a cross from Brazilian Carlos Alberto which met Pele’s powerful head. Everybody was waiting for the net to bulge, but it didn’t. Banks somehow managed to get his hand on the ball to flick it over the crossbar. It was regarded as one of the best saves ever made.
One club man Tom Finney was England’s leading goalscorer along with Nat Lofthouse, before both were surpassed by Bobby Charlton in 1963. Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said about Finney ,
“Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match, and in any age , even if he had been wearing an overcoat.”
4. Stanley Matthews (1934-1957, 11 goals in 54 caps)
His greatest achievement was wining FIFA Ballon D’or in 1956. His dedication for football was unmatched as he played until the age of 50 with Stoke City, while his last appearance in international match came against Denmark eight years earlier. There were some criticisms when he was chosen for the 1958 world cup at the age of 48 but the selectors refrained.
3. Duncan Edwards (1955-1958, 5 goals in 18 caps)
It is highly likely that Edwards would have topped the list, unless the tragedy happened in Munich runway February 6, 1958. Edwards at the age of 21 died along with its eight Manchester United teammates while a plane crashed in taking off. Bobby Charlton mentioned him as a great player like a bright light in the sky. His loss is the hardest thing to bear in English football even today.
2. Bobby Moore ( 1962-1973, 2 goals in 108 caps)
Bobby Moore was the counter stone of a well-organized defence in 1966 world cup. In the next competition, 1970 world cup he produced a memorable challenge to Brazilian Jairzinho in full flow. He is the member of world team the 20th century. Bobby Moore Captained West Ham United for more than 10 years.
Pele said after his death in 1993,
“He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honorable gentleman.”
1. Bobby Charlton (1958-1970, 49 goals in 106 caps)
Bobby Charlton is the leading goalscorer for England national football team as well as Manchester United. He was an integral part of the English team in 1966 World cup. At semi finals , Bobby scored both goals to win over Portugal. His performance throughout the tournament was firing as he won FIFA Ballon D’or that year. He is in the no 1 in our list of top 10 English footballers of all time..
England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hints he will decide his international future and even he could retire from the international stage after the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil. Gerrard made it sound like he could be involved in his last international tournament.
The 33-year-old, Steven Gerrard will lead Roy Hodgson’s side to Brazil in June. In the group stage their opponents are Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Gerrard is very much hopeful to defy their underdog status in the World Cup and make a serious challenge for their first World Cup crown since 1966.
But the Liverpool midfielder, turning 34 next week, acknowledges this could be his last appearance in the international scene.
The captain said,
“I won’t stay around if I’m not wanted.” He hints to make the decision saying,” it will be very close after the World Cup I’ll make that decision.”
If Gerrard wasn’t contemplating hanging it up for his country, there wouldn’t be a decision to make, but it’s on his mind obviously.
He told English newspapers,
”I am not going to to leave anyone hanging. Don’t worry, as soon as the World Cup is over, I’ll make the decision.”
With Liverpool nearly winning the title last season, the clib would no doubt benefit from the playmaker taking time off during international breaks in the schedule, especially with the grind of European play next year.
If Steven Gerrard plays in every upcoming friendly match plus group stage match in the World Cup, he would equal David Beckham’s outfield appearances record of 115. By calling Beckham his hero, touching the milestone isn’t important for Gerrard said,
“Isn’t an important one.”
To get close to Beckham, to match him would be an unbelievable achievement for him when Steven Gerrard mentioned that he was lucky enough to play with him.
Steven Gerrard has won a Champions League in dramatic fashion at the club level, but he was not lucky enough to win a Premier League title, that something the Reds came so close to during last season.
After appearing his third World Cup, he may decide his retirement, but the club honors may be more important to his legacy than any other thing he may be able to still achieve with England squad.
“I’ll chat to them all and make the right decision at the right time.”
The Liverpool man would be a huge to his country based on his performance across the World Cup qualifying campaign. He has been England’s most consistent performer, setting the standards as captain. Roy Hodgson said about Steven Gerrard,
“Steven is a real talisman for the group. He is a real leader for the team and everyone there.”
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.
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
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.
9. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £170 000 per week
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.
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.
7. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £180 000 per week
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.
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.
5. David Silva (Manchester City) – £200 000 per week
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.
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.
03. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – £240 000 per week
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.
02. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – £240 000 per week
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.
01. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – £260 000 per week
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..