Cantona might have been everybody’s favourite villain in the 90s, but in the last ten years, Luis Suarez assumed his mantle. The former Liverpool star arrived from Ajax in 2011 and swiftly began to tear up the league. His sole honour with the Reds was a League Cup, but he still was magnificent during his time there.
In 2014, he was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot. Ever a subject of controversy, he’s bitten opponents on three separate occasions and was also involved in an alleged racism incident while at the Reds. Opposition fans loved to hate him, Liverpool fans adored him.
Another great personality of the game, you’d almost forget that he played for one of Manchester United’s biggest rivals, Leeds. He scored the Peacock’s first hattrick of the Premier League era, but it was when he moved onto United that he became a true icon of the game.
That karate kick is a moment that is engrained in the minds of every fan that saw it. Cantona’s charisma and personality literally changed the game. On the pitch, he was also magnificent. He won four Premier League titles with the Red Devils and scored 64 goals in 143 appearances for them too.
A Newcastle icon, Shearer is the greatest English striker of the Premier League era. He scored an incredible 260 goals across his Premier League career. Starting off with Southampton, he’d move onto Blackburn Rovers where he would famously win the Premier League.
Then it was onto Newcastle, his hometown club and his pride and joy. He holds the joint record for hattricks in the division with 11 and placed third in the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He also held a solitary PFL Player of the Year award in 1995. Sir Alex Ferguson wished he signed him.
No other player had scored over 20 goals in five consecutive campaigns before the Frenchman came along. Famously converted from winger to striker by Arsene Wenger, his pace and potency were absolutely sublime. Henry had two spells at Arsenal, famously coming back in 2012 on loan.
He won the PFL player of the year twice and was an integral part of the Invincibles back in 2003-04. He’s also the Gunner’s all-time leading goalscorer with an amazing 228 goals. Henry captained the club in his final two seasons with the club before moving on to Barcelona.
Yes, the Premier League’s own special Argentinian is who we rate as the league’s greatest ever striker. The 31-year-old signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and few would have predicted just how sensational he would turn to be. He’s the Citizen’s all-time top scorer and holds the joint record for most goals scored in a single game (5).
Curiously underrated, he’s never won the PFL player of the year. He’s scored over 20 goals in 6 of his 8 seasons at the Etihad Arena and won four premier league titles. His goal against Queens Park Rangers back in 2012 is now iconic.