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Henry beats Ronaldo as Premier League’s best overseas player

Thierry Henry, Ballon d'Or
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Thierry Henry saw off competition from Manchester United legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Cantona to be voted the Premier League’s best overseas player.

English television network BBC underwent a fan survey during the weekend to determine who is the Premier League’s greatest foreigner in history, who over 250.000 people taking part.

And the British people chose Arsenal’s all-time record scorer Henry as the best, with the Frenchman claiming a whopping 45% of the votes.

The former striker, who recently coach Ligue 1 strugglers AS Monaco, joined Arsenal in 1999 from Juventus and went on to become one of Europe’s most lethal forwards in his time at North London.

Henry’s incredible pace, skill and composure proved to be too much for defenders in the English top-flight to handle at times, and the two-time Ballon d’Or runner-up scored some spectacular goals for Arsenal.

The Frenchman was also a part of Arsene Wenger’s famous “invincibles” that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League campaign undefeated.

Upon finding the net 228 times in 375 games across two spells, Henry hung up his boots in 2014 after playing for Barcelona and New York Red Bulls.

Next on the list is Ronaldo in a distant second place, with just 14% of votes in comparison to Henry’s 45%.

The Portuguese forward spent six years at United, where he managed 118 goals and 68 assists in 292 appearances before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.

Aside from three Premier League titles, Ronaldo won the first of his five Ballon d’Or and Champions League titles at Old Trafford.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero comes in fifth-place in the voting poll, with teammates David Silva and Vincent Kompany reaching the top-10.

Top-10 foreign players in the Premier League

  1. Thierry Henry (Arsenal): 45%
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): 14%
  3. Eric Cantona (Leeds/Manchester United): 12%
  4. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City): 8%
  5. Didier Drogba (Chelsea): 6%
  6. Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United/Aston Villa/Manchester City): 5%
  7. David Silva (Manchester City): 2%
  8. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United): 2%
  9. Patrick Vieira (Arsenal/Manchester City): 2%
  10. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City): 2%