The Premier League enjoyed some fantastic moments in the noughties. It was a decade when football became a seriously financed sport and money was starting to be invested from overseas which lead to several clubs being taken over by wealthy businessmen. It meant an increase in foreign players in the Premier League and the level of standard in the division seriously rose.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
When Manchester United signed the lean looking 18 year old from Sporting Lisbon, no one predicted that he would go on to become one of the world’s greatest ever players but in the 5 years he was at United he was phenomenal. He was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most significant signings at the club.
2. Arsenal Invincibles
The squad of 2003/2004 went the entire Premier League season unbeaten with the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira at the spine of the side. Arsene Wenger sealed the Premier League title and what the Frenchman would do to have a side now even close to emulating their success.
3. The Special One
It marked the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2004. He wasn’t particularly well established in Europe at the time but by the time he left Chelsea in 2007, he was tipped to become one of the best managers. Enjoyed back to back titles at Chelsea and is now back at the club following a 6 year absence.
4. Manchester City’s Rise
The financial backing of Abu Dhabi based owners has seen Manchester City rise from mid table all the way to the top of the Premier League. They took over in 2008 and have never looked back since with a number of major signings coming into the Etihad.
5. Wayne Rooney
Everyone remembers ‘that’ goal against Arsenal as a tenacious young 16 year old appearing for Everton off the substitute’s bench and he would quickly earn a mega money move to Manchester United where he is now within touching distance of becoming the all-time leading goal scorer for the club.
6. Wayne Rooney goal vs Newcastle United
Despite complaining with the referee for a decision moments earlier, Rooney turned his attention back to the game and a few seconds later, the ball fell directly into his path where he thundered a volley past the helpless Shay Given with one of the hardest strikes you’ll see of the ball.
7. Thierry Henry
Henry went on to become one of the greatest ever Premier League strikers in a very successful career with Arsenal. He signed from Juventus in 1999 and had 8 sensational seasons at Highbury. Scored 30 goals in 37 Premier League games in the unbeaten campaign.
8. Rio Ferdinand Drugs Ban
Although he was never proven to have tested positive for drug taking, failing to turn up for a drugs test was deemed punishable enough and was suspended for 8 months in 2003. Having only just signed for Manchester United it was a bitter blow for him but thankfully he went on to have a great Premier League career.
9. Roy Keane v Alf IngeHaaland
In 2001, one of the worst tackles witnessed in the Premier League took place as Roy Keane ended the Manchester City midfielder’s career with a hideous looking tackle. Keane was to be severely punished with a hefty fine but Haaland paid the heavier price with the end of his career.
10. Patrick Vieira v Roy Keane Rivalry
There hasn’t been a fierce rivalry in football since these two both departed. Both captains for their clubs and both never wanted to lose. They encountered many battles on and off the pitch and is something which is lacking in the modern day game.
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