The Bosnian helped play a role in this transformation, scoring 50 goals during his time at the club. Oozed both class and arrogance, while scoring a slew of memorable goals. His move from Arsenal, where he made a name for himself, to Manchester United will always remain a point of contention but it certainly paid off. Often controversial but a born leader: won five Premier League titles, making close to 500 appearances. Captains Gary Skrobeck and Skip Paxton offer a wide variety of saltwater fishing from the nearshore flats to the ocean side reefs to the far reaches of … In that time he scored 52 goals from 89 league appearances, scoring a number of pivotal goals in the title run-in under Antonio Conte. But why write any more words when just one will suffice: ‘AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOO!’ LB. From the humblest of beginnings to the dizzying heights of Premier League success - first with Leicester and then with Chelsea - N’Golo Kante has proved a revelation. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. LO. “I think it may be over because I felt something. The Brazilian has been at Manchester City since 2013 but it’s only in the past two seasons, under Pep Guardiola, that his qualities and value as a player have come to light – notably his disruptive influence and controlled poise. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Irwin was a mainstay in the Manchester United team during his decade at Old Trafford, winning seven Premier League titles (only Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have more). Arguably the most misunderstood player in Premier League history, and among the more underrated. One of the best strikers of his generation, there are too many moments of brilliance to list when it comes to RVP. Indeed, his absence from notable City defeats this season have demonstrated his importance at the base of the side’s midfield unit. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. SL. Capable of swiping the ball into the top corner from distance, whip the ball around corners for team-mates to chase or simply to establish a pattern of possession, De Bruyne has it all. A journeyman career spanning 13 clubs it is his time at Manchester United alongside favourite running mate Dwight Yorke that he is remembered for. Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has retired from international play, Drogba announced Friday on Twitter. Silva has never been flustered and can always be relied upon to stand up in the most opportune moments, a cornerstone of the Manchester City era and a candidate for their best ever player, despite the money lavished on numerous other players. MD. Initially struggled at Arsenal. He made an instant impression at Old Trafford, eventually scoring 84 goals in 196 Premier League matches – over half of those coming in his final two seasons when he was utterly unstoppable playing alongside Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. Played a key if understated role in the best Arsenal team of all-time, alongside Patrick Vieira. A master. Only spent three years in north London but helped Arsenal to win the double in 1997/98. JDM. LB. The diminutive Italian sparked a period with the Blues of expansive, attractive football. Another striker who positively plundered goals in his prime Yorke is most famous for his near unstoppable partnership with Andy Cole at Manchester United. His early success at Sheffield Wednesday was effectively ended when he pushed over referee Paul Alcock, receiving an 11-game ban, but he shone at West Ham and his volley against Wimbledon will go down as one of the great Premier League goals. Arguably the most naturally gifted defender of his generation. The man who helped transform Manchester United from a promising side into the greatest team English football has ever seen. His partnership with captain John Terry in central defence was hailed as a major factor behind Chelsea's two early titles under Jose Mourinho. His immense legacy is that a position was defined after him and that Real Madrid were haunted by his sale to Chelsea for years to come. Hughes was an all-round striker who could hold up the ball, lose his marker in the box and finish, but above all it was undying tenacity that Ferguson most valued. Pepe withdraws from Ivory Coast squad. The lowest ranked of Manchester United's famous midfield four in our list but no less impactful during his time in England, racking up 15 league assists during the treble-winning campaign. The greatest signing of the Roman Abramovich era was the spearhead of Jose Mourinho's title-winning teams of 2004-05 and 05-06, linking brilliantly with a young Frank Lampard. Tottenham defender felt a tear in his hamstring during the Ivory Coast’s 1-0 defeat by Morocco that leaves them needing to beat Namibia on Monday, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. But it’s his record at Aston Villa – 73 goals over nine years – that earns him his place here. Mr Manchester City few sum up the rise and rise of his football club than Kompany. LB. Only Thierry Henry has more in the famed red and white. He peaked in 2006, playing an integral part to that title-winning side, winning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year and starring for England at the World Cup. One of Fergie's Fledglings, Scholes developed into one of the finest midfielders in the world, renowned for his crisp passing, intelligent movement and eye for goal. LO. Capable of bamboozling the league's toughest defenders, Zola's class deserved to be surrounded with better quality. His tragic suicide shocked the sport, marking a turning point in the conversation around mental health in football. They doubled their advantage in the 19th minute when Sasa Ilic pounced on a fumbled clearance by Ivory Coast stand-in captain Cyrille Domoraud from a Predag Djordjevic cross. A No 10 with a gifted football brain, Beardsley was a star of the early years of the Premier League even if his best came before 1992 in fan-favourite spells with both Newcastle and Liverpool. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. His peak was his hugely fruitful relationship with Thierry Henry during the Invincibles season. The prototype defender of the modern age Ferdinand was the trailblazer for, and best example of, what is now a staple of every backline: the ball-playing centre-half. LO. SL. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. Has an argument to be the best right-back in the league's history: Tougher and stronger than most, with a tremendous appetite to attack - chipping in with 34 goals and 34 assists in his time in London. your password BB. They had one more day of recovery after the first round and I think we, quite simply, ran out of freshness." Injuries plagued his time in England with spells at Real Madrid and Bayern establishing himself as one of the greats of his generation. BB. JR. A player whose brilliance was defined by an artisanal elegance and the complete elimination of any superfluous movement. Serge Aurier, who is 27, joined Spurs in 2017 from French club Paris St-Germain. For reprint rights: Syndications Today, Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier's brother shot dead at a nightclub in France, The suspected gunman fled the scene and is being sought by police, Christopher Aurier had played for local team Rodéo Toulouse, Deeply saddened to confirm that Serge Aurier's brother passed away this morning: Tottenham. LO. One of the most versatile players in Premier League history, with successful spells at Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool. In 1892 Captain Binger made further explorations in the interior of the Ivory Coast, and in 1893 he was appointed the first governor of the colony on its erection into an administration distinct from that of Senegal. Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara has announced star studded 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 which will be held in Egypt between the 21st of June and 19th of July. One of the most charismatic players ever to grace the Premier League who delighted fans at Newcastle, Spurs, Everton and Aston Villa with his mazy dribbling and sumptuous first touch. JDM. BB. MC. A great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals it is his telepathic partnership with Thierry Henry in one of the great teams in Premier League history that most fans remember most fondly. After years of failure to find a successor to Peter Schmeichel, Sir Alex Ferguson stole Van der Sar for a meager £2m from Fulham, securing a key cog in four titles during his time at the club. Won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, scoring in two finals. Struggled slightly after his £7m move from Spartak Moscow, before forming the best centre-back partnership in the history of the Premier League with Rio Ferdinand. Full list of Ivory Coast's 23-man Fifa World Cup squad as head coach Sabri Lamouchi names his players for Brazil … SL. Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui admits his side were under pressure during their semi-final victory over Mali in African Cup of Nations. At his elegant peak Ferdinand made defending look easy and while others were perhaps more effective few did it so effortlessly. Ivory Coast's captain Didier Drogba (2L), Ivory Coast's President Alassane Outtara (2R) and his wife Dominique (L) and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro applaud upon Ivory Coast's football team arrival at Felix Houphouet Airport in Abidjan on February 13, 2012. LO. Drogba, 36, earned his first cap for the Ivory Coast men's national team in 2002. LB. Ivory Keys Charters specializes in a wide variety of inshore and back country fishing trips based out of Islamorada, Florida. Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, he hit 22 in a single season in 2009/10, netting a grand total of 147 Premier League goals. 06/09/19 2:16pm. Substantive captain Abedi Pele was suspended for the match against Ivory Coast due to accumulation of cards and Yeboah, whom many people thought … He may be inconsistent. Fresh round of Centre-farmers' talks fail to yield any result, what's next? The Croatian would ascend to greater heights at Real Madrid, where he has won four Champions League titles and a Ballon d’Or. His most prolific season came in winning the 2009-10 title under Carlo Ancelotti, scoring 29 league goals, before leaving and then returning in 2014, a decade after he first arrived, to win his fourth and final Premier League medal. The defender, 27, captains the Ivory Coast … Always controversial, always deadly in front of goal, always a delight to watch. Undoubtedly the best goalkeeper in the Premier League for the past five years, perhaps even the world. Sir Alex Ferguson’s long struggle to adequately replace him demonstrates just how brilliant he was. He may drift in and out of games. LB. Never the most talented Cole earned every one of his 187 Premier League goals with a relentless will to win. But before all of the titles at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo matured into the player he is now at Manchester United. And he may be a divisive character at the Emirates. His best moments arguably both came against Man United: the solo goal at Stamford Bridge to clinch the title in 2006 and the clever flick to break the deadlock at Old Trafford in 2010 - which would prove to be pivotal as the Blues won the title again that season. The winger came in as a replacement for Marc Overmars and after taken some time to adjust to the Premier League's physicality, he lit up Enlgish football with his smooth dribbling style and collection of memorable goals. A true box-to-box midfielder: dominating, aggressive and always ready to lead from the front. From the back country of the Everglades National Park to the various ocean side flats, we aim to provide you with best fishing experience the Keys has to offer. The brother, Christopher Aurier, was shot at a nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning in the southern French city of Toulouse, according to La Depeche, a French media outlet. Le Saux oozed quality on the ball when getting forward from left-back and quietly added 37 caps for England. Over six seasons he developed from a promising left-back into one of the best forwards in the world, eventually recruited by Real Madrid for a world-record fee as Cristinao Ronaldo’s heir apparent. A vital cog for both West Ham and Tottenham before his big move to Manchester United. Eventually left for Barcelona in a £25m deal, making him the most expensive player in Dutch football history. Then, as the years ticked by and the shock of black hair grew steadily shorter, he moved into the middle, dominating matches with his composure and outstanding passing range. Ivory Coast have serious hopes of their own - their captain Didier Drogba is one of the world's best goalscorers, and the team is arguably the most talented in Africa. The Italian was one of most exciting among a raft of imported No10s who arrived in the late 1990s and lit up the Premier League show. Eventually left in 2014 for Internazionale; were it not for injuries he would have remained at Old Trafford for even longer. Struggled in his first few games for Tottenham before finding his rhythm, eventually moving to Manchester United for a club-record fee. Ivory Keys Charters offers exclusive fishing adventures with two amazingly successful captains on the waters of Islamorada, Florida. Indeed, how could you after a career that brought one Champions League, four Premier Leagues, one Europa League, five FA Cups and three League Cups? The younger brother of Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been shot dead in France, the Premier League club said on Monday. Few could have expected quite how successful the Norwegian would become at Old Trafford when he was signed on the cheap to provide backup to Eric Cantona and Andy Cole. A complete midfielder who would have mixed it with Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira in their prime. And if it wasn’t for him, it seems unlikely Leicester would have gone on to win the league when they did. The Frenchman was already a two-time Champions League winner and world champion with France when he signed for Chelsea. MC. One of the greatest players of all time. Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier fears his Africa Cup of Nations may be over after being forced to leave the field during Friday's 1-0 defeat by Morocco in Cairo. MC. His partnership with Nemanja Vidic was the standard all others aspired to for years and still do to this day. BB. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? If this was a technically gifted list then the non-flying Dutchman would be even higher. Ferguson would later admit to making a mistake. TK. 13 titles. A five-time champion only two players in history have scored more. The 14th-most successful goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. LO. After City pounced on the Belgian just a few years after Chelsea's foolish decision to sell him, De Bruyne's dynamism has seen him able to influence games no matter the circumstances. He instead remained at Liverpool, spending 17 seasons at Anfield during which he captained his side to two European titles as well as five domestic cups. Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has respect for Zambia ahead of final. Fabregas broke into Arsenal's first team as a teenager and quickly starred in midfield with his technical quality, eventually taking up the club captaincy. Never as big a hit on the international stage as he might’ve been but his domestic achievements more than justify his place here. His contributions both with and without the ball have proved vital at Manchester City, and have similarly injected a sense of energy and purpose into England’s frontline. Scored goals wherever he went. SL. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. He could play either side, took free-kicks and penalties, and dovetailed brilliantly with Giggs, who later said he was able to stay high up the pitch because Irwin needed such little defensive cover. Arrived at Spurs from Monaco and immediately scored 20 goals in 41 league matches, despite a turbulent season which saw Osvaldo Ardiles replaced by Steve Perryman and then Gerry Francis. A three-time title-winner and instrumental in two the Belgian led from the front as the beating heart of some of the best teams we’ve seen. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. He is still playing for Ajax at a really good level.” MC. Ivory Coast were outplayed by Morocco in their second Group D clash and Aurier said their opponents looked much fresher. Log into your account. "At 13:30 local time today, an incident occurred whilst work was being performed in a cargo tank onboard the … TK. Emerged from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo to become a crucial part of the Alex Ferguson’s side and can look back proudly on his five Premier League titles. Captain of the greatest side in Premier League history. But in playing terms it was a mistake. Not many players have the skill, or the gall, to become first-team regulars at Chelsea, Arsenal AND Tottenham. How on earth did Okocha – Ronaldinho’s mentor at Paris Saint-Germain – ever end up at Bolton? Ivory Coast news archive. The greatest player in the history of the Premier League. Played for numerous clubs but enjoyed the most success at Spurs, scoring just shy of 100 league goals. A true legend, he is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time. "At the time he had just come back from an achilles injury and we thought he had just lost a little bit,” he wrote. England and Liverpool’s boy-wonder, Michael Owen’s best years game in his youth before injury took its toll – both physical and mentally. But before that he was a key player for Tottenham Hotspur, helping the north London side into Europe’s premier club competition for the first ever time. LO. But Jose Mourinho nurtured him with tough love at Chelsea, where he picked up three Premier League titles. A move to Manchester United followed, where he won five Premier League titles, eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, and formed one of the most fearsome strike forces ever seen alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. SL. His contribution and importance to the Liverpool defence is often overlooked due to Jamie Carragher’s constant presence, but Hyypia was a mainstay of the Reds for a decade and a key part of their Champions league triumph in 2005, not to mention a much-loved captain. Often foreign strikers can take a season or two to acclimatise to the rigours of the Premier League. JR. He was the midfield enforcer who never stopped, but he also weighed in with his fair share of goals arriving on the edge of the box. Ivory Coast: Guillaume Soro Speaks:’Due to Threats,Captain Diverted Flight to Accra ‘. His legacy will be defined by what comes next, but at his peak, De Bruyne might be the finest midfield seen in the Premier League. The Belgian showcases total control when dribbling the ball, a skill he can stake claim to be the very best at throughout his time in the league. JR. He also formed one half of one of the best strike partnerships in the league's history alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen. Uniquely, he captained a title-winning team across three different decades, during which time he won four top-flight division titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and two FA Community Shields. A big-money move to Chelsea didn’t go as planned but that relentless early run at Anfield was matched by few we’ve ever seen. Prolific for Leeds and Middlesbrough, but his prime was probably spent with Chelsea, who made him their club record signing for £15m in 2000. SL. JDM. Where he to have resisted Real’s inevitable approach, there is no doubt he would top this list. “We lost a battle but not the war, there is still a match to play. His effortless defensive skill was the epitomy of Arsenal's Invicibles and earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year. Incredibly versatile, deployed everywhere across the midfield in Chelsea blue, before enjoying an unexpectedly profitable Indian Summer at Manchester City. SL. The Ivory Coast international initially joined PSG on a season-long loan in 2014 and he won several laurels which include two Ligue 1 ... Barcelona captain smiling again after four goals in two games; One of the very few England players of a generation who could claim to be the absolute best in the world in his position. A first-team regular from 1997 until he retired, in 2013. MC. A threat in the opposition's penalty area and with the positional nous at the back due to his versatility to play inside at centre-back. But he was about so much more than just the goals. The finest player in the league in two title-winning seasons, Hazard is a true Premier League great who may only be appreciated when he has gone. A key part of the legendary team which won the title without tasting defeat in 2003/04. His arrival at Manchester City, along with the likes of Robinho and Co, marked a new era for the club as it looked to refashion itself into a Premier League giant. Our goal tonight was to qualify for the round of 16 but we still have one game left for that. The Ivory Coast captain produced an eye-catching performance in Spurs’ 6-1 hammering of Manchester United in their last Premier League outing before the international break.. A natural and formidable leader who helped to redefine what we expect from his position, while dragging United’s defence up to a new level of excellence. He played every minute of the 2016/17 title-winning campaign in the second of his two titles, one of just four players to accomplish that feat (joining John Terry, Wes Morgan and Gary Pallister). "The club is deeply saddened to confirm media reports that Serge Aurier's brother passed away in the early hours of this morning. SL. Without his bite in midfield there is simply no way the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry would have scored so many goals. your username. Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier fears his Africa Cup of Nations may be over after being forced to leave the field during Friday's 1-0 defeat by Morocco in Cairo. Once a player who looked slow and sometimes used as a centre back, Yaya Toure's game was almost entirely reinvented when he moved to Manchester. Not bad for a £765k signing from Stoke which also saw Steve Bould join the Gunners. You do not earn the only semi-ironic nickname ‘God’ for no reason. MC. Eleven league titles. 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