Unsurprisingly, this list is dominated by home-grown, legendary talents of the Premier League era.
Liverpool's James Milner is the only active player in the top 20 but he can climb as high as 7th in the all-time stakes if his team continue winning at their current rate. You can view all the all-time list via the Premier League. Before then, let's dive into the top five.
⚡️ Ryan Giggs
The Welsh wizard epitomised longevity in the Premier League, with a glittering career spanning 22 seasons. He won 13 Premier League winner's medals too. Giggs retired in 2014 at the age of 40, with his legacy assured. The Man United icon won 407 out of 632 Premier League matches, which is a record we are unlikely to see anyone match.
🔵 Frank Lampard
A product of West Ham, the legendary attacking midfielder enjoyed a highly-decorated 19-year spell in the Premier League, most notably at Chelsea where he spent 13 years between 2001 and 2014. His unique ability to arrive in the box with late runs at the right times helped him score 147 Premier League goals for the Blues, winning three titles in the process.
Lampard is Chelsea's record goal-scorer, having notched 210 in 648 appearances across all competitions and he now manages the club. We'll be surprised if a section of Chelsea's stadium isn't named after him one day.
🔴 Paul Scholes
There have been very few English players who could control the tempo of a football match quite as Paul Scholes did during his time at Man United. He was so good that Sir Alex Ferguson has to convince him to come out of retirement in 2012, and he would end up with 11 Premier League titles, more than any other English player. Many of Scholes' peers around Europe were glowing in their praise of him, with Barcelona legend Xavi going on record to say that Scholes was the best central midfielder in the world during his career.
Aside from his silky first touch and brilliant range of passing, Scholes was also known for his ability to score spectacular goals.
🤺 John Terry
JT won five Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, becoming the key figure in a Chelsea defence that conceded just 15 goals during José Mourinho's first season in charge of the club. That figure remains the best-ever in Premier League history.
With five FA Cups, a Champions League winner's medal and a Europa League title in addition to his five Premier League wins, Terry fully deserves his reputation of "Captain. Leader. Legend."
💫 Rio Ferdinand
One of the most stylish defenders of his generation, Rio Ferdinand was the cornerstone of Man United's defence for over a decade, and he won six Premier League titles to cement his legendary status.
Rio, like Frank Lampard, started out at West Ham before earning a move to a fashionable Leeds United outfit that reached the Champions League semifinals in 2001. Leeds' finances fell apart, forcing them to sell their prized assets and that meant a big-money move to their hated rivals Man United in 2002. Ferdinand and Serbian rock Nemanja Vidic became an iconic defensive pairing for Sir Alex's Red Devils.
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