If you were to do a poll to find out who is the most popular player in the Premiership Robin Van Persie would probably win at canter given the billions of United fans across the globe who would vote for him.
But is he really the most popular player in the Premiership? Thought not. So I asked a highly cultured group of footy fans to name who their favourite Premiership players are, the catch being that they couldn’t nominate anyone from their own team – and naming a player from their rivals was positively encouraged.
So which players do you admire? Who do you like watching? Who do you respect? And who would you think would be top value if you went for a drink with them?
Here are the ten players we came up with. Tell us who we missed in the comments.
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1 Leighton Baines
Almost universally loved, Baines, with his whispy sideburns, cheeky grin and passion for indie music is football's equivalent of Bradley Wiggins. Whether he remains number one if he signs a big money deal with United remains to be seen.