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The Premier League most influential player of all time

By Chris Lappin ( @vandertodge )

A recent Sky Sports poll had Dennis Bergkamp as the Premier League most influential player of all time. This poll was obviously rigged as we can agree this title should go to the legend that is Robbie Savage.

But who could rival Savage as the most Premier League influential player of all time.

Thierry Henry – Arsenal (258 games, 175 goals)

One of the most beautiful players to watch in the Premier League era, his style really stood out and was one of the first true flair players in the league. Influenced a number of strikers.Danny Wellbeck and Daniel Sturridge are both very heavily Henry influenced.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United (196 games, 84 goals)

His best form was reserved for Real Madrid, but during his time as a red devil he  displayed muscular athleticism and “invented” the step over. He redefined the role of the modern attacker, while he also created a whole new brand of free-kick.

To have one of the worlds two best players in the Premier League was quite something.

Patrick Viera – Arsenal (279 games, 28 goals); Manchester City (28 games, 3 goals)

Was the heart of Arsene Wenger’s greatest Arsenal teams, Vieira redefined what it meant to be a modern midfield player.

Character, class and a leader. Wenger has never come close to replacing him.

Eric Cantona – Leeds United (13 games, 6 goals); Manchester United (143 games, 64 goals)

The key to Ferguson’s first title winning side, the Frenchman’s sense of certainty was infectious. Despite his indiscretions, his influence on the team of kids was hugely beneficial: few players have been able to control a game like him.

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