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Who is the Premier League's best?

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It is the world's most watched league and the most lucrative, attracting the top players from all over the globe. Given the history associated with the English game, it might be surprising to learn that the first ball kicked in the Premier League was as recently as Saturday 15 August 1992.

Since that date some of the greatest players in the world have graced the Premier League. Who could forget the influential Eric Cantona? The iconic Frenchman, still spoken about in reverential tones by the Old Trafford faithful today, scored 64 goals in 144 league games, as well as collecting four Premier League winners' medals in his glittering career for the Red Devils.

More recently, another Frenchman, namely Thierry Henry, has set pulses racing in England. The former Arsenal striker, now at Barcelona, may not have won as many league medals as Cantona, but he was more prolific in front of goal. After signing for Arsenal from Juventus for £10.5m, he struggled initially, but ended his career in north London with 174 goals in 254 games.

And who could rule out Alan Shearer's claim to being the Premier League's best-ever player? As one of the Premiership's first big money buys, transferring from Southampton to Blackburn Rovers in 1992, the centre-forward justified his price tag by scoring an incredible 112 goals in 138 league appearances for the Ewood Park club, helping them to the 1994/5 Premier League title. Shearer failed to win a trophy in ten seasons at his beloved Newcastle United but still racked up 148 Premiership goals during his ten years on Tyneside.

Enough about the goalscorers. What about the men who provided the ammunition? There will be strong claims for the likes of Ryan Giggs, Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp and Matt Le Tissier, not forgetting the man who succeeded Cantona in the No7 shirt for Manchester United: David Beckham.

Roy Keane's combative style for the Red Devils might win your vote, but what about another inspirational midfield captain: Steven Gerrard? And who could forget the goalkeepers? Peter Schmeichel and David Seaman were excellent at their peak, while Petr Cech and Brad Friedel have been nothing short of outstanding for Chelsea and Blackburn respectively.

The Premier League has also witnessed some fine defenders: the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bruce, Stuart Pearce and John Terry stand out, but can you add any more?

Yet, as with all our 'Have You Say' topics, the job of debating these stars' respective merits is not for us, but rather for you, the users. So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is tell us which of the players who have illuminated the Premier League over the past 15 years can be declared the greatest ever.

It's one of the most open and interesting debates we've ever had on the world's football website - and you can join in by clicking on 'Add Your Comment' below.

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