Since its inception in 1992, the English Premier League has been the home to some of the best footballers to play the game. From Benin to Brazil, there have been players from 109 FIFA affiliated nations plying their trade in the best league in the world.
Although many have come and gone, there are those few players who have left an imprint on the Premier League which has enabled it to be the most watched league around. We run through five fan favourites who have become icons of the Premier League.
Five players that got fans out of their seats and everybody talking.
#5 Thierry Henry
Signed as a right winger from Juventus in 1999 for £11 million, Henry's move to England was met with trepidation. He had come through the ranks at Monaco with a lot of promise which prompted Juventus to purchase the Frenchman.
However, his debut year in Serie A only saw him play a handful of times, mainly from the right wing. Arsene Wenger decided to take the gamble and sign him for Arsenal where he was converted to a centre-forward and would later become the club's all-time top goalscorer.
It was at Arsenal where he won the Premier League title, FA Cup and FA Community Shield and was the first to win Player of the Season twice. He was part of "The Invincibles" in 2003/04 which is the only team to go the whole Premier League season unbeaten. Henry scored many great goals at his two stints at the club, including the iconic volley against bitter rivals Manchester United in the 2000/01 season.
#4 David Beckham
Footballing icons don't come much bigger than David Beckham. Signing for Manchester United as a trainee in 1991, Beckham was in perhaps the most famous youth teams ever alongside Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.
During his time in the Premier League, Beckham was as famous on the pitch as he was off it, marrying Victoria Adams from The Spice Girls, the most iconic girl band of the time. In the 1998-99 season, Beckham was part of the Manchester United team that won the famous treble; a feat which hasn't been seen since and will go down as one of the best free-kick takers ever.
That famous right foot scored some classic goals for Manchester United, including the long-distance effort against Wimbledon from inside his own half.