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CR7 4th, De Bruyne 2nd… the 5 best foreign players in the Premier League right now

The 2021-22 Premier League campaign has been an eventful one, with Liverpool and Manchester City battling it out until the very last minute for the title.

The Citizens ultimately defended their crown by a narrow one-point margin.

Tottenham Hotspur staged a dramatic comeback at the end to beat local rivals Arsenal in the race for the top 4.

Manchester United, despite changing managers mid-season, haven’t seen much improvement in terms of performance. The Red Devils only finished in sixth place which means they won’t be able to contest the Champions League next season.

Non-English Premier League players shone brighter than ever, delivering many memorable performances during the campaign.

Today we’re going to take a look at five overseas Premier League stars who have impressed, ranking them according to their performance in the 2021-22 season.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five overseas players currently playing in the English Premier League:

Special note: new recruits such as Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez and others have been dropped from the list.

#5 Fabinho – Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are known for their electrifying heavy-metal type football. They can tear through defenses at will, destabilizing even the tightest defensive units.

However, it takes more than a ruthless attack to build a team capable of producing world-class performances week after week. It takes a calm and cohesive core, which keeps the team grounded at all times.

Defensive midfielder Fabinho serves as a calm and cohesive core at Liverpool. The Brazilian might not be the most aesthetically pleasing player in the team, but he is definitely one of the most important.

If the 28-year-old doesn’t pull out all the stops, the entire team often crumbles, struggling to create deep attacks and keep opposing forwards at bay.

Fabinho has been at his calm best in the 2021-22 Premier League season.

In addition to scoring five goals in 29 games, he made 40 interceptions and 23 clearances, recorded 193 digs and won 128 duels, establishing himself as one of the best in the division.

#4 Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United

Manchester United v Brentford - Premier League

After spending three seasons at Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer of 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Old Trafford has sparked overwhelming optimism. But due to the team’s poor collective performance, the good feeling dissipated sooner than expected.

Ronaldo hung on, however, doing everything in his power to help the Red Devils. During the 2021-22 campaign, the Portuguese ace has featured in 30 Premier League fixtures, scoring 18 goals and providing three assists.

His tally of 18 goals not only made him United’s top scorer in the division, but also the league’s third top scorer behind Mohamed Salah and Heung-min Son.

The 37-year-old also hit the woods several times and created seven big chances for his teammates.

He may not be the Ronaldo of yesteryear anymore, but his performances last season confirmed that the Portugal international still has a lot to offer.

#3 Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has enjoyed an outstanding league campaign in the 2021-22 season, at least from an individual perspective.

Salah scored 23 goals in the English Premier League, winning his third Golden Boot.

The Egyptian international also provided 13 assists and won his first Premier League Playmaker of the Season award.

By winning both the top goalscorer and top assists honours, Salah became the only non-English player in Premier League history to do the double.

The former Roma striker, whose current contract with Liverpool expires in the summer of 2023, is yet to sign an extension at the club.

Considering the 29-year-old’s performances of late, the Merseyside giants would be well advised to offer him a decent contract extension as soon as possible.

#2 Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City

Manchester City v Aston Villa - Premier League

Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne needs no introduction. The Belgium international is arguably the best midfielder in the world, and not just in England.

He is an outstanding passer, has impeccable vision and regularly scores goals and assists, helping the Citizens reach new heights.

The Manchester City midfield maestro missed a few games last season due to fitness and injury issues. But he always pulled out all the stops when he was playing.

During the 2021-22 campaign, the 31-year-old took part in 30 league games, registering 15 goals and eight assists. His 23 goals greatly helped Manchester City win the Premier League title from Liverpool.

For his exploits, De Bruyne was voted ‘Premier League Player of the Season’ at the end of the campaign. Another season to remember from the Belgian ace.

#1 Heung-min Son – Tottenham Hotspur

Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son enjoyed his best ever Premier League campaign last term. Son’s blistering runs, passing ability and, of course, finishing talent were a feast for the eyes.

The South Korean striker was a magician in the final third, scoring 23 goals and seven assists in 35 league appearances.

After scoring 23 goals, he was awarded the Golden Boot jointly with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. The Golden Boot marks Son’s first major achievement in the English top flight.

Despite such a successful campaign, the South Korean star is nowhere to feature in the Premier League’s Team of the Season.

Son’s omission from the elite list has left a sour taste in the mouths of several football aficionados.

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