7 most missed Premier League Stars

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United West Ham

The English Premier League boasts to be the most craved competition in world football and with the amount of money flying around in the transfer windows, who is to argue? However, despite their claims, the glitz and the glamour of the Premier League has seen a host of stars leave and pursue their careers abroad. But who do you miss the most? Here is a list of our 7 most missed Premier League Stars:

7. Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill at Everton premier league

Current Club: Shanghai Shenhua
Club Left: Everton
Tim Cahill spent 8 years at Everton and was an iconic figure at the club. Despite being a midfielder, his goal scoring exploits at Everton saw him notch on average one goal every four games. His trademark ‘boxing’ celebration aimed at the corner flag was often seen on the blue side of Merseyside and the Australian box-to-box midfielder is sorely missed at Everton as well as the English Premier League.

6. Luka Modric

Current Club: Real Madrid
Club Left: Tottenham
The ability to play the killer pass is adored in the Premier League and Modric possessed this talent in abundance. Now plying his trade at Real Madrid, the 5’9 midfielder spent four seasons at Tottenham and was a popular figure at White Hart Lane. Tottenham doubled what they paid for the Croatian playmaker in his spell at the club and how much AVB would’ve craved someone of his calibre as Tottenham struggled in the final thirds.

5. Xabi Alonso

Current Club: Bayern Munich
Club Left: Liverpool
One of the best passes of the ball the Premier League has ever seen, Xabi Alonso could pick out any target. Winning the Champions League with Liverpool in his first season at the club where he also scored the dramatic equaliser in the final against AC Milan are particular highlights. His goal against Luton Town from inside his own half evidently demonstrates his technical abilities which in Liverpool fans eyes has never been replaced.

4. Carlos Tevez

Current Club: Boca Juniors
Club Left: Manchester City
There is nothing more a die hard football supporter in England appreciate than a player is who is prepared to graft. Carlos Tevez would run himself into the ground and is a trait Sir Alex Ferguson admired in the Argentine. Despite switching the boarders from the red side of Manchester to the blue, Tevez was a delight to watch for his sheer hard working attitude.

3. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale Tottenham moment

Current Club: Real Madrid
Club Left: Tottenham
The most recent elite Premier League star to leave is Gareth Bale. The Welsh wizard was detrimental in the 2012/2013 season where he scored 20 goals alone. Despite Tottenhams best efforts to keep the left winger, when Real Madrid come calling with a £86,000,000 offer, it is hard for both the player and club to dismiss. It seemed inevitable at times that Bale would produce the goods and his long range wonder strikes in the Premier League will always be remembered.

2. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba at Chelsea premier league

Current Club: Montreal Impact
Club Left: Chelsea
It seemed fitting that Drogba’s last touch for the club won them their first ever Champions League title for Chelsea. One of the Premier Leagues most feared strikers with his bullish and powerful displays will be missed by every Premier League fan (Arsenal the exception!) but certainly not Premier League defenders. Scoring 155 goals in 337 games for Chelsea contributed to a haul of trophies for the Ivorian and will look back on his time fondly.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

CristianoRonaldo at Manchester United

Current Club: Real Madrid
Club Left: Manchester United
Regarded as one of the best ever Premier League players and would be missed in any League if he were to leave. Not many players could go past their opponents with ease but for Ronaldo it was second nature. Linked with a move back to Manchester United in the summer but unfortunately nothing materialised for United and their displays have been for all to see this season whilst Ronaldo was crowned with the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

They’re back!

These stars couldn’t live without the hustle and bustle of the English Premier League:

Mario Balotelli

Club Left: Manchester City
Went to: AC Milan
Returned to: Liverpool
Mario Balotelli, a journalists dream! You could lose count of the amount of memorable quotes to come from the mouth of the fiery Italian but whether you loved him or hated him, you certainly miss him. His controversial swagger off the pitch was even more so on it. His goal in the 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford prompted the famous, ‘Why Always Me?’ t-shirt. The fast cars, women and the money he was never afraid to flaunt.

Cesc Fabregas

Club left: Arsenal
Went to: Barcelona
Returned to: Chelsea
It seems as though whenever a player reaches his peak at Arsenal, they’re destined for the big bucks. Fabregas is one of a few foreign teenagers that really came across to England and made a name for himself working through the ranks. Joining the club as a unknown 16 year old, he left as one of the best ever Premier League midfielders.

Yohan Cabaye

Club left: Newcastle
Went to: PSG
Returned to: Crystal Palace
After a short and unsuccessful spell at French big spenders PSG, Crystal Palace pulled off somewhat of a transfer coup when the French international joined up with former boss Alan Padrew at Selhurst Road. Can he rediscover his blistering form from Toonside and continue to push the eagles up the table?

Which former Premier League star do you miss the most?

Who do you think would make the biggest impact back in the Premier League? Do you miss Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard already? Let us know what you think in the comments section below for your chance to win a $50 Premier Sports Memorabilia gift voucher.

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