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3 best Russians to ever play in the Premier League

Russia has produced a number of great football players
Russia has produced a number of great football players
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Association football is one of the most popular sports in Russia. The nation has produced a number of great football players, including only Ballon d'Or winning goalkeeper Lev Ivanovich Yashin and Rinat Dasayev. The Russians are known for their athleticism and aggression on the pitch.

🕷️🧤⭐️The legendary Lev Yashin would have been 9⃣0⃣ today.Remembering one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. https://t.co/FwBq9Pjtcf

The English Premier League is one of the most popular club competitions in Europe. The league attracts top players from around the world and currently 329 foreign players are plying their trade in the Premier League. A number of Russians have also showcased their talents in the English top division.

Right on that note, let's take a look at three of the best Russian players to ever play in the Premier League


#1 Andrei Kanchelskis (Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City and Everton)

Andrei Kanchelskis is among the greatest Russian players to play in the Premier League
Andrei Kanchelskis is among the greatest Russian players to play in the Premier League

Andrei Kanchelskis is arguably the greatest Russian to ever play in the Premier League. He also holds the record for most appearances made by a Russian in the English top division.

He first moved to England to join Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk in 1991. He played 123 league games during his spell with the Red Devils, scoring 28 goals in the Premier League.

He helped the club win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one Football League Cup, along with two FA Charity Shields and one UEFA Super Cup. The Russian attacker also won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award during the 1994-95 season.

💨 There was simply no stopping Andrei Kanchelskis! ⚡#MUFC #GoalOfTheDay https://t.co/uYMECn0k8U

Kanchelskis moved to Everton in 1995, where he scored 20 goals in 52 league appearances spanning across two seasons. He also spent brief spells at Manchester City and Southampton FC before joining Saudi Professional League club Al Hilal SFC in 2003.

The Kirovohrad-born player moved back to Russia in 2004 and played for Dynamo Moscow, FC Saturn Ramenskoye and Krylia Sovetov. He then announced his retirement from professional football in 2006.

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Edited by Aditya Singh
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