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Greatest Player in Every Premier League Team's History

Every team in the Premier League has been playing football for at least a century, with the youngest (Crystal Palace and Chelsea) having been founded 110 years ago, and the oldest (Stoke City) having been founded 153 years ago. All of this means there isn't a single team in England's top tier that doesn't have a long and proud history, each having their own cub legends and heroes.

Of course, football is an ever-changing landscape, and some clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United have spent almost their entire history among England's elite, whilst others, most notably Bournemouth, are in relatively unchartered territory in the top flight. As a result, and wholly unsurprisingly, the teams who have historically and are still challenging for silverware have a more glittering selection of potential candidates to take the title of their greatest ever player.

Given the variety of teams pasts, the list includes Ballon d'Or and World Cup winners, as well as one player who never even played in the top flight. The list takes into account the players ability first and foremost, but also their achievements and influence upon the club they are being associated with. Here are the greatest players in each Premier League team's history:

19 Arsenal - Thierry Henry

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18 Aston Villa - Gordon Cowans

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17 Chelsea - Frank Lampard

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16 Crystal Palace - Ian Wright

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15 Everton - Dixie Dean

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14 Leicester City - Gordon Banks

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13 Liverpool - Kenny Dalglish

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12 Manchester City - Colin Bell

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11 Manchester United - Sir Bobby Charlton

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10 Newcastle United - Alan Shearer

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9 Norwich City - Martin Peters

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8 Southampton - Matt Le Tissier

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7 Stoke City - Sir Stanley Matthews

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6 Sunderland - Raich Carter

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5 Swansea City - Ivor Allchurch

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4 Tottenham Hotspur - Danny Blanchflower

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3 Watford - Luther Blissett

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2 West Brom - Ronnie Allen

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1 West Ham - Bobby Moore

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West Ham have had no shortage of legends, including three of England's most important players at the 1966 World Cup, of which Moore was of course one. Other Hammers greats include Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking, Paolo Di Canio, Martin Peters and more. It is hard to look past the legend that is Bobby Moore though. England's World Cup winning captain and one of the greatest defenders to have ever graced a football pitch, Moore came through the academy at West Ham, before spending 16 years at the club, captaining the team for more than 10 of those years. He won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup at the Boleyn Ground, winning Player of the Year four times, finishing as a runner-up in the 1970 Ballon d'Or and having his shirt number (6) retired by the club in 2008.

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