Naming the very best player in any particular sport is sure to spark controversy. There’s loads of debate each year when FIFA names its World Player of the Year. Still, it’s so much fun to talk about which player deserves accolades that we can’t help but stir the pot further.
Here’s a look at the five best players in the Premier League this year.
1. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
The midfielder has scored in nearly every game he’s appeared in this year, and he won league player of the month honors. It’s not just his scoring that earns him kudos from teammates and opponents alike, however.
They also point out that he’s among the strongest passers in the league.
2. Robin van Persie, Manchester United
Van Persie is a huge threat on the Netherlands’ national squad, ringing up a hat trick in their most recent game against Hungary and leading the team with 41 goals. But he’s also tops among Premier’s Dutch players as well.
He recently became the league’s all-time leading scorer from Holland, breaking Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s record for most goals.
3. Luis Suárez, Liverpool
Former Liverpool player Michael Owen recently said that the fiery Uruguayan is good enough to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona; high praise indeed,as those are two of the world’s most storied clubs. Suárez has moves so slick they make defenders look like heavy-footed plodders.
One of his favorite moves is the “nutmeg,” sending a ball right through an opposing player’s open legs rather than dribbling around him. Talk about a crowd pleaser.
4. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
Yes, two Arsenal players make the list, but it’s hard to argue when the squad sits atop the Premiere League standings. Koscielny is making a case to be named the top defender in the league. He held the aforementioned Suárez scoreless in the big Liverpool-Arsenal match, and the Frenchman is the one Arsenal trusts to keep the opposing team’s best player in check.
All this should erase those bad memories from his debut season when he got a red card in his very first game with the club three years ago.
5. David de Gea, Manchester United
Just as no list of farm machinery for sale would be complete without prices, no list of the best players in the Premier League would be complete without a goalie, and David de Gea is clearly at the top of the list.
There’s no doubt Manchester United would be losing a lot more games if not for de Gea’s breathtaking saves. He has more than 30 so far this season, and he’s excellent at stopping balls shot at close range.
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