If there’s one thing that is certain about the English Premier League is that we've been able to witness countless legendary players on the pitch. We will be romanticizing them forever and remember their biggest highlights.
However, instead of focusing on these legends, we wanted to give the roses to some players that EPL fans think that the "streets will never forget". These are players that have made a massive contribution to their respective clubs at some point and will forever be remembered by hardcore fans. Without any further ado, let's dive into the details.
Nwanku Kanu is one of the few players who can brag that he won the Premier League without suffering any defeats. He managed to do so with Arsenal in the 2003/2004 season. That year, Arsenal made history as the first team to finish a 38-game PL season without any defeats, and the team, which Kanu was part of, was labelled as "The Invincibles".
Kanu had over 100 appearances for Arsenal, and before joining them, he played for Inter and Ajax. In 2004, he left Arsenal to join WBA, and he finished his career playing for Portsmouth.
Our next listing is arguably the biggest legend of Blackburn. There’s no denying the fact that Morten Gamst Pedersen was a true baller in his prime. He joined Blackburn in 2004 and played around 300 games for the club. He clocked more than 35 goals, and the midfielder was recognized as a critical figure in the team.
Pedersen left Blackburn in 2013 to join Karabükspor.
There aren’t a lot of players that can match Benjani Mwaruwari’s prime. The Zimbabwe native is an FA Cup winner who dominated the Premier League while playing for Portsmouth as he scored 20 goals. He also had an iconic celebration that the true fans remember to this very day.
After his success in Portsmouth, he wanted to move one step forward and joined Manchester City, but unfortunately, didn’t meet the expectations. After shuffling through PL clubs on loans and as a free agent, he went back to Africa and played for Bidvest Wits FC before retiring in 2014.
Papa Boupa Diop will forever be remembered for his toughness, as he was often compared to Patrick Vieira. Boupa Diop spent the majority of his career playing for Premier League teams. First, he joined Fulham in 2004, then went to Portsmouth in 2007. After playing one season with AEK Athens, he returned to play for West Ham United and Birmingham City before retiring.
Sadly, he passed on November 29, 2020, after a long illness.
The reality is that there are countless ballers that the streets will never forget. That is why it is worth adding a few more names to the list, such as Niko Kranjcar, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Eric Djemba Djemba, Nani, Fabio and Rafael, Amir Zaki, Rory Delap, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Roque Santa Cruz and Yakubu.
All of these players had a great run with their teams, and even though it ran short, they are worth remembering for their greatness.