The diminutive Italian sparked a period with the Blues of expansive, attractive football. TK. The greatest defender in Premier League history. While known for pounding the ball with tremendous force, his intelligent movement and ability to perfectly deliver the ball for a team-mate made him a great striker. BB. Download this stock image: CAPTAIN BRAULOT French explorer in the Ivory Coast and other regions of west Africa, killed by natives in Nigeria Date: ? Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. LO. Mr Manchester City few sum up the rise and rise of his football club than Kompany. JR. A midfielder with the goalscoring record of an elite-level striker. Once a player who looked slow and sometimes used as a centre back, Yaya Toure's game was almost entirely reinvented when he moved to Manchester. LO. What a shame his was a career blighted by injury. Initially struggled at Arsenal. TK. The greatest player in our list to never win a Premier League title. His move from Arsenal, where he made a name for himself, to Manchester United will always remain a point of contention but it certainly paid off. LO. He was the midfield enforcer who never stopped, but he also weighed in with his fair share of goals arriving on the edge of the box. BB. It’s hard to dispute. The younger brother of Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been shot dead in France, the Premier League club said on Monday. Helped usher in Rafa Benitez’s Anfield revolution, forming a wonderful midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard before departing after five seasons for Real Madrid. Hughes was an all-round striker who could hold up the ball, lose his marker in the box and finish, but above all it was undying tenacity that Ferguson most valued. 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Manchester City’s great survivor. The man who helped transform Manchester United from a promising side into the greatest team English football has ever seen. He perhaps should have won more than his solitary title, but was competing in an era of Wenger's Invincibles and Mourinho's Chelsea. The 2012/13 PFA Young Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season. For reprint rights: Syndications Today, Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier's brother shot dead at a nightclub in France, The suspected gunman fled the scene and is being sought by police, Christopher Aurier had played for local team Rodéo Toulouse, Deeply saddened to confirm that Serge Aurier's brother passed away this morning: Tottenham. A master. LO. He scored 118 goals for the Reds across 216 league appearances. Xavi famously remarked that Scholes was a “spectacular player who has everything”, while Pele once commented: “If he was playing with me, I would have scored so many more.” SL. Played a key if understated role in the best Arsenal team of all-time, alongside Patrick Vieira. From there he formed a formidable strike partnership with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, winning two league titles, before his acrimonious move to City. Injuries plagued his time in England with spells at Real Madrid and Bayern establishing himself as one of the greats of his generation. He played every minute of the 2016/17 title-winning campaign in the second of his two titles, one of just four players to accomplish that feat (joining John Terry, Wes Morgan and Gary Pallister). The Brazilian has been at Manchester City since 2013 but it’s only in the past two seasons, under Pep Guardiola, that his qualities and value as a player have come to light – notably his disruptive influence and controlled poise. A great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals it is his telepathic partnership with Thierry Henry in one of the great teams in Premier League history that most fans remember most fondly. A three time Premier League winner who has scored 161 goals, regularly exceeding the once-fabled 20 goal a season mark. An extremely versatile and well-rounded player, who completely remodeled his game as he grew older. His effortless defensive skill was the epitomy of Arsenal's Invicibles and earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year. JR. Prolific for Leeds and Middlesbrough, but his prime was probably spent with Chelsea, who made him their club record signing for £15m in 2000. JR. "I feel I have achieved everything I set out to achieve,” the goalkeeper said upon announcing his retirement for the end of the season. He is widely considered the greatest Englishman never to have represented his country. Capable of swiping the ball into the top corner from distance, whip the ball around corners for team-mates to chase or simply to establish a pattern of possession, De Bruyne has it all. Among other famous explorers who helped to make known the hinterland was 'Colonel (then Captain) Marchand. AH. Ivory Coast were outplayed by Morocco in their second Group D clash and Aurier said their opponents looked much fresher. A modern great. That really isn’t an exaggeration, not when you consider his longevity, the number of titles he won and his absolutely key role in all of them. A decade on he won the Premier League with Chelsea, playing an instrumental role as Diego Costa's provider. Sir Alex Ferguson once described Keane as the embodiment of his winning attitude on the pitch and that is all the more appropriate because, if the great manager is the figure to have influenced the Premier League more than anyone, Keane is the player to have psychologically influenced the Premier League more than anyone. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. LB. In 1892 Captain Binger made further explorations in the interior of the Ivory Coast, and in 1893 he was appointed the first governor of the colony on its erection into an administration distinct from that of Senegal. His peak was his hugely fruitful relationship with Thierry Henry during the Invincibles season. A one-club man, Liverpool's vice-captain for 10 years, and the club's second-longest ever serving player. The Croatian would ascend to greater heights at Real Madrid, where he has won four Champions League titles and a Ballon d’Or. A goalscoring midfielder, powerful runner with pin-point accuracy. LO. Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe has withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad to work on his fitness in London. LB. TK. Nikos Dabizas probably disagrees. BB. Everything you would want and more from a right-back. A bargain at £4.5m. Sir Alex Ferguson’s long struggle to adequately replace him demonstrates just how brilliant he was. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. They doubled their advantage in the 19th minute when Sasa Ilic pounced on a fumbled clearance by Ivory Coast stand-in captain Cyrille Domoraud from a Predag Djordjevic cross. SL. JDM. JR. McManaman was one of Liverpool's best players throughout the nineties, before becoming the most decorated Englishman to have played abroad. But Jose Mourinho nurtured him with tough love at Chelsea, where he picked up three Premier League titles. A threat in the opposition's penalty area and with the positional nous at the back due to his versatility to play inside at centre-back. No defender has more Premier League winner's medals than Neville's eight. A key part of the Liverpool team which won the most thrilling Champions League final in history. Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier fears his Africa Cup of Nations may be over after being forced to leave the field during Friday's 1-0 defeat by Morocco in Cairo. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? LB. Asserted himself as one of the best defenders in the world before famously falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson and leaving for Lazio. Holds the record for most Premier League Player of the Month awards, as well the best strike-rate (0.70 goals per game) in the tournament’s history. If this was a technically gifted list then the non-flying Dutchman would be even higher. JDM. SL. Fresh round of Centre-farmers' talks fail to yield any result, what's next? Irwin was a mainstay in the Manchester United team during his decade at Old Trafford, winning seven Premier League titles (only Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have more). BB. He peaked in 2006, playing an integral part to that title-winning side, winning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year and starring for England at the World Cup. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. From the back country of the Everglades National Park to the various ocean side flats, we aim to provide you with best fishing experience the Keys has to offer. LB. 13 titles. The flying Dutchman could turn passive possession into danger in a flash with his exceptional control when running at speed. But it’s his record at Aston Villa – 73 goals over nine years – that earns him his place here. Our thoughts are with them all," Tottenham statement in a statement. LB. Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui admits his side were under pressure during their semi-final victory over Mali in African Cup of Nations. Eventually left in 2014 for Internazionale; were it not for injuries he would have remained at Old Trafford for even longer. SL. His immense legacy is that a position was defined after him and that Real Madrid were haunted by his sale to Chelsea for years to come. Intelligent on the ball and a fantastic distributor, Carvalho complemented the traditional, hard-nosed approach adopted by Terry. Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has retired from international play, Drogba announced Friday on Twitter. At his best, Ince played a crucial role in both of Alex Ferguson's first two Premier League titles. 672 Premier League appearances. A mercurial talent who never truly settled in the league due to injuries, but for a short spell was arguably the best on display. The impenetrable foundation upon which five of Manchester United’s Premier League titles were built. LO. The dictionary definition of a one-club man Le Tissier would’ve won more trophies and notoriety away from his beloved Southampton but that loyalty didn’t stop him becoming one of the most technically gifted players of his generation. SL. At the peak of his powers, he was simply one of the best goalkeepers to have graced the Premier League. A genuine superstar in the making, Sterling has hit new heights in the past two seasons. A total player. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. His contribution and importance to the Liverpool defence is often overlooked due to Jamie Carragher’s constant presence, but Hyypia was a mainstay of the Reds for a decade and a key part of their Champions league triumph in 2005, not to mention a much-loved captain. Please tell us your requirements below and we will get in touch with you. Tottenham defender felt a tear in his hamstring during the Ivory Coast’s 1-0 defeat by Morocco that leaves them needing to beat Namibia on Monday, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. JR. A cult hero with Arsenal Seaman set the standard for English goalkeeping for over a decade. "At the time he had just come back from an achilles injury and we thought he had just lost a little bit,” he wrote. Full list of Ivory Coast's 23-man Fifa World Cup squad as head coach Sabri Lamouchi names his players for Brazil … His numbers are simply extraordinary. From the Hackney Marshes to Highbury Wright’s story is the stuff of fairytales. Another striker who positively plundered goals in his prime Yorke is most famous for his near unstoppable partnership with Andy Cole at Manchester United. When he was on his game he was one of the most naturally-gifted players in the league. The Ivory Coast captain produced an eye-catching performance in Spurs’ 6-1 hammering of Manchester United in their last Premier League outing before the international break.. Two people died Thursday in an incident aboard BW Offshore's FPSO Espoir Ivoirien, offshore the Ivory Coast, the FPSO owner has informed. One of Fergie's Fledglings, Scholes developed into one of the finest midfielders in the world, renowned for his crisp passing, intelligent movement and eye for goal. A first-team regular from 1997 until he retired, in 2013. Then, as the years ticked by and the shock of black hair grew steadily shorter, he moved into the middle, dominating matches with his composure and outstanding passing range. Still only 25, Kane is already the fifteenth highest scorer in the history of the Premier League, level with Nicolas Anelka and only one behind fellow Tottenham favourite Robbie Keane. LO. An all-time great. One of the leaders of City's domestic dominance. It was at Stamford Bridge the enigmatic Frenchman enjoyed the most success, winning two league titles. Only Thierry Henry has more in the famed red and white. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Blessed with every conceivable asset you could want from a No 9, born in a different era Shearer would’ve easily been a £100m player. A case can be made that the Dutchman was equal to any goalkeeper in the league's history. A true box-to-box midfielder: dominating, aggressive and always ready to lead from the front. A forceful presence who knew how to lead the line all by himself. He may drift in and out of games. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The national team captain, Cyril Domoraud, invited the media into the changing room and handed the microphone to Didier Drogba, star striker and national icon. A Premier League title winner in 2012/13, the Spaniard has been included in the PFA Team of the Year on five separate occasions and was named United's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons between 2013-2016, the first player in the award's history to win on three successive occasions. The Spaniard exploded on to the English football scene at Liverpool and never looked back becoming one of the most feared No 9s in the history of the league. Always reliable and diligent when defending, his versatility has also seen him establish himself as one of the great defenders of the last decade in the Premier League. He may be inconsistent. “I think we came across a team that had more juice than us. Won league titles with both Arsenal and Chelsea, while becoming a key player at Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and West Brom. A No 10 with a gifted football brain, Beardsley was a star of the early years of the Premier League even if his best came before 1992 in fan-favourite spells with both Newcastle and Liverpool. After six years at Old Trafford, Ince moved to Inter Milan before later spells at Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolves. Few could have expected quite how successful the Norwegian would become at Old Trafford when he was signed on the cheap to provide backup to Eric Cantona and Andy Cole. Indeed, his absence from notable City defeats this season have demonstrated his importance at the base of the side’s midfield unit. A true legend, he is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time. Sparky had success at Chelsea before two-year spells at Southampton, Everton and Blackburn, but his high-point came earlier as the perfect foil for Eric Cantona in Manchester United's first two title wins. A first-team regular for eight seasons now – no mean feat in a side which is constantly and ruthlessly evolving. Oozed both class and arrogance, while scoring a slew of memorable goals. A five-time champion only two players in history have scored more. JR. A player whose brilliance was defined by an artisanal elegance and the complete elimination of any superfluous movement. He made an instant impression at Old Trafford, eventually scoring 84 goals in 196 Premier League matches – over half of those coming in his final two seasons when he was utterly unstoppable playing alongside Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez. 107 goals. Drogba, 36, earned his first cap for the Ivory Coast men's national team in 2002. One of the greatest players of all time. In that time he scored 52 goals from 89 league appearances, scoring a number of pivotal goals in the title run-in under Antonio Conte. His bending strike against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stands out as one of his finest moments. His partnership with captain John Terry in central defence was hailed as a major factor behind Chelsea's two early titles under Jose Mourinho. LO. Adept at playing his role without the need to fly into challenges or impose his physicality, Makelele simply pinched possession and kept the ball moving with sheer ease. "We are supporting Serge at this difficult time and we ask that the privacy of the player and his family is respected. He would go on to make over 300 league appearances for the club, winning an extraordinary five titles. Always controversial, always deadly in front of goal, always a delight to watch. Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, he hit 22 in a single season in 2009/10, netting a grand total of 147 Premier League goals. Emerged from the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo to become a crucial part of the Alex Ferguson’s side and can look back proudly on his five Premier League titles. The brother, Christopher Aurier, was shot at a nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning in the southern French city of Toulouse, according to La Depeche, a French media outlet. *Paris is Behind Third Term Plot. Silva has never been flustered and can always be relied upon to stand up in the most opportune moments, a cornerstone of the Manchester City era and a candidate for their best ever player, despite the money lavished on numerous other players. The prototype defender of the modern age Ferdinand was the trailblazer for, and best example of, what is now a staple of every backline: the ball-playing centre-half. TK. The pilot of the plane 44 year old Paul Muthee was an experienced man having logged 11,636 flying hours at the time of the accident, 1,664 on an Airbus A310. Has an argument to be the best right-back in the league's history: Tougher and stronger than most, with a tremendous appetite to attack - chipping in with 34 goals and 34 assists in his time in London. JR. The defender, 27, captains the Ivory Coast … Never as big a hit on the international stage as he might’ve been but his domestic achievements more than justify his place here. JR. A Premier League giant. Irresistible at his absolute best and one of the very few players capable of not only deciding games on his own, but doing so without the help of team-mates. JR. Ivory Coast were draw in AFCON’s arguably most intriguing group along with Morocco, South Africa and Namibia who will have their own derby with the Bafana Bafana. LB. His legacy will be defined by what comes next, but at his peak, De Bruyne might be the finest midfield seen in the Premier League. LO. His early success at Sheffield Wednesday was effectively ended when he pushed over referee Paul Alcock, receiving an 11-game ban, but he shone at West Ham and his volley against Wimbledon will go down as one of the great Premier League goals. A vital cog for both West Ham and Tottenham before his big move to Manchester United. Another player who adapted his game as he grew older, proving his class across multiple roles. You do not earn the only semi-ironic nickname ‘God’ for no reason. Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier managed to injure himself again at the Africa Cup of Nations without playing -- hurting his right hand while banging the table to encourage his team mates. Log into your account. Arguably the most naturally gifted defender of his generation. The eighth highest scorer in the Premier League with 149 goals. Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara has announced star studded 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 which will be held in Egypt between the 21st of June and 19th of July. The Belgian showcases total control when dribbling the ball, a skill he can stake claim to be the very best at throughout his time in the league. Pepe withdraws from Ivory Coast squad. LO. LO. 499 Premier League appearances. And if it wasn’t for him, it seems unlikely Leicester would have gone on to win the league when they did. MC. BB. The eleventh-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 146 goals, and the competition's 19th-highest appearance maker. The invisible Invincible. And he may be a divisive character at the Emirates. Pallister won four titles at Old Trafford as the sidekick to Steve Bruce at the heart of Alex Ferguson's early success. Won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, scoring in two finals. Won two league titles before departing for Fulham. he added. A cult hero at Spurs thanks to two prolific spells at White Hart Lane, but it is at Manchester United that he enjoyed the most success, winning three consecutive Premier League titles between 1998-2001. SL. The Frenchman was already a two-time Champions League winner and world champion with France when he signed for Chelsea. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Zito has made alterations to the team that lost to Ivory Coast in the last group game on Saturday as captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh is benched. But he was about so much more than just the goals. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. He is still playing for Ajax at a really good level.” MC. Pitched up at West Ham in 2006, scoring seven priceless goals to help keep the Hammers up. The centre-back is one of very few players to have enjoyed successful stints at both Tottenham and Arsenal. Never the most talented Cole earned every one of his 187 Premier League goals with a relentless will to win. A natural and formidable leader who helped to redefine what we expect from his position, while dragging United’s defence up to a new level of excellence. 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