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Top 20 Worst Players To Win Premier League Title

Currently in its 24th season, the Premier League has become an absolute titan of world soccer, changing the landscape of the game through its sheer size, power and influence. The most watched and, as such, the most lucrative sporting league on the planet, the league has snow-balled since its inception and continues to grow, with another record breaking TV deal coming into effect next season.

Some of the greatest players in modern history have played in the Premier League, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry being just some examples of the greats who have graced the league. As always though, there must be bad with the good - and whilst the Premier League has had a number of world class players, there have also been some who were rather less impressive.

Having said that, most of those players do not win a title. Naturally, the team who wins the league tends to have the best, or at least one of the best, teams and squads. Over the 23 Premier League seasons to date, there have been a number of players who stand out as individuals who should never really have won such a prestigious accolade. Here are the top 20 worst players to have won the Premier League:

20 Christopher Wreh

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19 Jesper Blomqvist

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18 Darren Ferguson

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17 Clayton Blackmore

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16 Oleh Luzhny

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15 Jeff Kenna

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14 Mike Newell

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13 Alexey Smertin

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12 David May

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11 Luke Chadwick

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10 David Bellion

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9 Stuart Ripley

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8 Francis Jeffers

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7 Jeremie Aliadiere

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6 Ronnie Wallwork

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5 Stephen Hughes

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4 Quinton Fortune

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Quinton Fortune won 46 caps for South Africa, playing in both the 1998 and 2002 World Cup's. Fortune showed promise as a youngster, joining Tottenham at 14, playing for Mallorca and Atletico Madrid before eventually joining Manchester United. Another utility player, Fortune could play in both defense and midfield and on both the left of the pitch and through the middle. Despite his versatility, most Manchester United fans didn't appreciate the South African's presence at the club.

3 Pascal Cygan

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2 Robbie Slater

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1 Igors Stepanovs

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The worst player to win the Premier League is surely Igors Stepanovs, and in truth, no-one ran him particularly close. The only Latvian to have won the English top flight, Stepanovs spent four years at Highbury, playing 17 league games and was an absolute car crash of a signing for Arsene Wenger. Brought in as something of a panic buy after an injury to Tony Adams, Stepanovs looked wildly out of his depth in the division, and even more so in a very gifted Arsenal side.

Arsenal's title challenge took a heavy blow after a 6-1 defeat to Manchester United, in which Stepanovs put in a shocking performance, and barely played after that game. He won the title in 2002 and left the club in 2004 for Swiss side Grasshoppers. Stepanovs later played for a series of clubs, mostly in his native Latvia, winning 100 caps for his country; although that probably says more about the quality of the Latvian national team than that of Stepanovs.

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