25 Great Midfielders Who Never Graced the EPL: How Would They Cope?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IIFebruary 25, 2011

25 Great Midfielders Who Never Graced the EPL: How Would They Cope?

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    A list of 30 Great Midfielders who have not played for the Premier League and how each of them would cope in what is considered today as the greatest League in the world of football.

    Footballers have to have been active when the Premier League was invented in 1992 to have qualified for this list.

    Here is a video of two of the EPL greatest midfielders.

Pavel Nedved (CZE)

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    Name: Pavel Nedved

    Nationality: Czechoslovakian

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Juventus

    Greatest Honor: Ballon D’Or 2003

    Goals/App: 146/664

    Most Suited EPL Team: Chelsea

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Pablo Aimar (ARG)

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    Name: Pablo Aimar

    Nationality: Argentinean

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Cub: Valencia

    Greatest Honor: Captain of the Valencia Team that won the 2002 La Liga

    Goals/App: 64/394

    Most Suited EPL Team: Liverpool

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Zinedine Zidane (FRA)

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    Name: Zinedine Zidane

    Nationality: French

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club:Real Madrid

    Other Clubs:Juventus

    Greatest Honor: Ballon D’Or 1998

    Goals/App:  128/681

    Most Suited EPL Team: Manchester United

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Juan Roman Riquelme (ARG)

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    Name: Juan Roman Riquelme

    Nationality: Argentinean

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Villarreal

    Other Clubs: Boca Juniors, Barcelona

    Greatest Honor: 3 Time Argentine Player of the Year, La Liga Foreign Player of the year 2001

    Goals/App:  88/366

    Most Suited EPL Team: Newcastle United

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Xavi Hernandez (ESP)

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    Name: Xavi Hernandez

    Nationality: Spanish

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Greatest Honor: World's Best Playmaker 2008, 2009, 2010

    Goals/App:  60/621

    Most Suited EPL Team: Arsenal

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Esteban Cambiasso (ARG)

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    Name: Esteban Cambiasso

    Nationality: Argentinean  

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Primary Club: Internazionale  

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid

    Greatest Honor: Internazionale Treble Winner 2010

    Goals/App:  62/467

    Most Suited EPL Team: Tottenham/Liverpool

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Andrea Pirlo (ITA)

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    Name: Andrea Pirlo

    Nationality: Italian  

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Milan

    Other Clubs: Internazionale  

    Greatest Honor: 2 Time Champions League Winner 03,07

    Goals/App:  53/505

    Most Suited EPL Team: Aton Villa

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Andrea Iniesta (ESP)

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    Name: Andrea Iniesta

    Nationality: Spanish

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Greatest Honor:  World Cup and Euro Cup Winner

    Goals/App:  36/400

    Most Suited EPL Team: Arsenal

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Mesut Özil GER)

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    Name: Mesut Ozil

    Nationality: German

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Werder Bremen

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid

    Greatest Honor:  FIFA Ballon d'Or 2010 Nominee

    Goals/App:  28/178

    Most Suited EPL Team: Arsenal

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Simao (POR)

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    Name: Simao

    Nationality: Portuguese

    Position: Winger/Midfielder

    Primary Club: Benfica

    Other Clubs: Athletico Madrid, Barcelona

    Greatest Honor:  Portuguese Golden Ball: 2005

    Goals/App:  32/168

    Most Suited EPL Team: Liverpool

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Daniel De Rossi (ITA)

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    Name: Daniel De Rossi

    Nationality: Italian

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Primary Club: Roma

    Greatest Honor:  2006 World Cup Winner, Italian Footballer of The Year 2009

    Goals/App:  42/347

    Most Suited EPL Team: Manchester United

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Roberto Baggio ITA

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    Name: Roberto Baggio

    Nationality: Italian

    Position: Second Striker/Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Juventus

    Other Clubs: Milan, Fiorentina

    Greatest Honor:  Ballon D' Or 1993 Winner

    Goals/App: 292/637

    Most Suited EPL Team: Chelsea

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Kaka (BRA)

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    Name: Kaka

    Nationality: Brazilian

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Milan

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid

    Greatest Honor: Ballon d' Or 2007 Winner

    Goals/App: 154/444

    Most Suited EPL Team: Chelsea

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Rivaldo (BRA)

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    Name: Rivaldo

    Nationality: Brazilian

    Position: Second Striker/ Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Other Clubs: Milan, Olympiacos

    Greatest Honor: Ballon D' Or 1999

    Goals/App: 324/679

    Most Suited EPL Team: Chelsea

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Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER)

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    Name: Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Nationality: German

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Bayern Munich

    Greatest Honor: FIFA World Cup All Star Team: 2010

    Goals/App:  39/335

    Most Suited EPL Team: Spurs

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Wesley Sneijder (NED)

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    Name: Wesley Sneijder

    Nationality: Dutch

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Inter Milan

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid, Ajax

    Greatest Honor:  Inter Milan Treble 2010

    Goals/App:  79/300

    Most Suited EPL Team: Spurs

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Luis Figo (POR)

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    Name: Luis Figo

    Nationality: Portuguese

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid, Inter Milan

    Greatest Honor:  Balloon D' Or 2000 Winner

    Goals/App:  139/785

    Most Suited EPL Team: Newcastle United

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Ronaldinho (BRA)

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    Name: Ronaldinho

    Nationality: Brazilian

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Other Clubs: Milan, PSG

    Greatest Honor:  Ballon d' Or 2005 Winner

    Goals/App:  170/419

    Most Suited EPL Team: Arsenal

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Mark Van Bommel (NED)

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    Name: Mark Van Bommel

    Nationality: Dutch

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Other Clubs: Milan, Bayern Munich, PSV

    Greatest Honor:  Dutch Footballer of the Year20012005

    Goals/App: 87/607

    Most Suited EPL Team: Liverpool

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Ludovic Giuly (FRA)

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    Name: Ludvic Guily

    Nationality: French

    Position: Winger/Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Other Clubs: PSG

    Greatest Honor:  Champions League Winner 2006: Barcelona

    Goals/App:  ?

    Most Suited EPL Team: Blackburn Rovers

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Rui Costa (POR)

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    Name: Rui Costa

    Nationality: Portuguese

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Benfica

    Other Clubs: Fiorentina, Milan

    Greatest Honor:  FIFA 100

    Goals/App:  97/675

    Most Suited EPL Team: Manchester United

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Gheorghe Hagi (ROM)

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    Name: Gheorghe Hagi

    Nationality: Romanian

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Primary Club: Galatasary

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona

    Greatest Honor:  FIFA 100

    Goals/App:  236/513

    Most Suited EPL Team: Chelsea

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Dejan Stanković (SER)

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    Name: Dejan Stankovic

    Nationality: Serbian

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Primary Club: Internazionale

    Other Clubs: Belgrade, Lazio

    Greatest Honor:  Serbian Player of the Year: 2006, 2010

    Goals/App:  105/580

    Most Suited EPL Team: Liverpool

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Clarence Seedorf (NED)

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    Name: Clarence Seedorf

    Nationality: Dutch

    Position: Winger/Midfielder

    Primary Club: Milan

    Other Clubs: Real Madrid, Ajax

    Greatest Honor:  FIFA 100

    Goals/App: 103/726

    Most Suited EPL Team: Arsenal

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Michael Laudrup (DEN)

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    Name: Michel Laudrup

    Nationality: Danish

    Position: Winger/Midfielder

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Other Clubs: Juventus

    Greatest Honor:  Danish Player of the Year: 1982, 1985

    Goals/App:  122/487

    Most Suited EPL Team: Manchester United

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Diego Maradona (ARG)

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    Name: Diego Maradona

    Nationality: Argentine

    Position: Winger/Midfielder/Second Striker

    Primary Club: Napoli

    Other Clubs: Barcelona

    Greatest Honor:  Player of the Century

    Goals/App:  311/589

    Most Suited EPL Team: Any Team

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Lionel Messi

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    Name: Lionel Messi

    Nationality: Argentine

    Position: Midfielder/Winger/Forward

    Primary Club: Barcelona

    Greatest Honor:  2 Time Ballon D' Or Winner: 2009, 2010

    Goals/App: 168/250

    Most Suited EPL Team: Chelsea

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Emerson (Brazil)

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    Name: Emerson

    Nationality: Brazilian

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Real Madrid, Milan, Juventus

    Goals/App: 49/470

    Most Suited EPL Team: Sunderland

Lucho Gonzalez (ARG)

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    Name: Lucho Gonzalez

    Nationality: Argentine

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Porto

    Other Clubs: Marseille

    Greatest Honor: 4 time Primeira League Champion

    Goals/App:  ?

    Most Suited EPL Team: Liverpool

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Juninho (BRA)

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    Name: Juninho

    Nationality: Brazilian

    Position: Midfielder

    Primary Club: Lyon

    Greatest Honor:  7 time Ligue 1 Winner

    Goals/App:  138/509

    Most Suited EPL Team: Arsenal

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Honourable Mentions

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    Marko Marin: Arsenal

    Frank Ribery: Manchester United

    Guti H: Blackburn Rovers

    Aerial Ortega: Bolton

    Diego Simeone: West Ham United

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