English football has changed dramatically over the last 20 years mainly due to an influx of world class talent and it will never be an easy task to choose the best five, but it is at least fun.
There are many contenders that is for sure and no doubt many of you will be up in arms at the omission of certain players, but not every player can be included and we believe the five players listed below represent the very best five players imported to England. Don’t forget to vote on your own candidate in the poll on the right hand side!
Eric Cantona (Man Utd)
The man became a Man United legend, he was the driving force behind their re-emergence as one of the biggest clubs in the world, his influence simply cannot be underestimated.
Cantona made 143 times for united, scoring on 64 occasions. He won four Premier League titles with the Red Devils, two FA Cups and of course the old first division with Leeds United.
Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
The Dutch maestro is probably the most technically gifted player ever to have played in England, he was a master of vision that could see things other players simply could not grasp, no one can ever forget his last minute winner against Argentina in the 1998 world cup in France.
Bergkamp played in 315 games for the Gunners knocking in 87 goals, he won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups for Arsenal. He also won European honours with Inter Milan and Ajax.
Luiz Suarez (Liverpool)
Suarez may have an awful reputation for his onfield antics, but that does not negate the fact that he was and is a genuine world class striker, he scored goals for Liverpool for fun and almost single handedly made them title contenders. His impact was such that he won the European Golden Shoe with the Reds.
Suarez only won one piece of silverware at Anfield (the league cup) but he did win a load of individual awards and has since won the Champions League and a whole host of trophies since his transfer to Barcelona.
Ronaldo (Man Utd)
While some of the players named in this list can be considered controversial, Ronaldo cannot, he was sold for a world record fee and his talent cannot be questioned, he is one of the best two players in the world and has been for many years.
Ronaldo won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one UEFA Cup, one World Club Cup and one Champions League when he was at United and of course has won much more since moving to Real Madrid, including two Fifa Ballon d’Or.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
Love him or hate him you cannot question the impact he made for Chelsea, his goals made a significant difference at significant times, no more so than his equaliser against Bayern Munich in the 2011/12 Champions League final. When the Blues needed a player to come up with goods at critical moments it was usually Drogba that came through.
Drogba won four Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, three league Cups, four FA Cups and one Champions League.