Premier League 100: 80-61 featuring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Raheem Sterling, Diego Costa and more

This week, The Independent is counting down through the 100 greatest players ever to grace the Premier League.

We asked all of our sportswriters to rank their greatest players in the history of the league, with each player assigned points before an overall list was then worked out.

In voting for the greatest ever Premier League player, we generally considered a few broad factors: a player’s ability and the actual application of that ability; the consistency of that application; the level they reached; their influence on the competition and – of course – their level of achievement.

We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

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Here’s our Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney explaining exactly what we were looking for, and how the process works.

Each day this week at 10am we will be revealing twenty players, with the winner finally crowned on Friday. We began with numbers 100-81 on Monday.

Here are next twenty players in our countdown, placed from 80th-61st.

IndyPL100: 80-61


80-61: #IndyPL100 countdown





1/21 #IndyPL100: 80-61

2/21 80. Branislav Ivanovic

3/21 79. Gary Speed

4/21 78. William Gallas

5/21 77. Mesut Ozil

6/21 76. Gilberto Silva

7/21 75. Jamie Carragher

8/21 74. Paul Ince

9/21 73. Les Ferdinand

10/21 72. Raheem Sterling

11/21 71. Mark Hughes

12/21 70. Gary Pallister

13/21 69. Jurgen Klinsmann

14/21 68. Ricardo Carvalho

15/21 67. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

16/21 66. David Ginola

17/21 65. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

18/21 64. Diego Costa

19/21 63. Ledley King

20/21 62. Michael Essien

21/21 61. Marc Overmars

1/21 #IndyPL100: 80-61

2/21 80. Branislav Ivanovic

3/21 79. Gary Speed

4/21 78. William Gallas

5/21 77. Mesut Ozil

6/21 76. Gilberto Silva

7/21 75. Jamie Carragher

8/21 74. Paul Ince

9/21 73. Les Ferdinand

10/21 72. Raheem Sterling

11/21 71. Mark Hughes

12/21 70. Gary Pallister

13/21 69. Jurgen Klinsmann

14/21 68. Ricardo Carvalho

15/21 67. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

16/21 66. David Ginola

17/21 65. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

18/21 64. Diego Costa

19/21 63. Ledley King

20/21 62. Michael Essien

21/21 61. Marc Overmars

Keep an eye on our social media as we have plenty of Premier League 100 features running in tandem with our countdown across the week.

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