5 Best Brazilian Players In Premier League History

By Guest Contributor - 01/03/2017
By Mateus Pinheiro

 

Gabriel Jesus had made a flying start to his Manchester City career before getting injured.

Once recovered, the striker, 19, surely has what it takes to become the latest Brazilian to make a big impact in the Premier League.

Here’s our pick of his compatriots who have lit up the English top flight over the years.

 

1. Juninho Paulista – Middlesbrough

Juninho
@Matt_Tarr

Juninho was the first Brazilian to achieve success in the Premier League. His two spells for Middlesbrough between 1995 and 2002 were enough to etch his name into the Teeside club’s history.

He helped Boro reach both the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997, scoring 13 goals along the way. However, the attacking midfielder couldn’t prevent the club’s relegation that season.

‘The Little Fella’, as he was known, returned to Boro in 2002 helping the club to win their first and only major title so far, the League Cup against Bolton. He was voted the fans as the best player ever to have worn their jersey.

 

2. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho
@PCoutinhoStuff

“It was a great regret for me to have to sell him – perhaps one of my greatest regrets in over 20 years at Inter.”

So said Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio about selling Coutinho to Liverpool in 2013. The £8.5m paid by the Reds has turned out to be money wisely spent – not to mention a bargain by today’s standards.

Loved by the fans, the ‘Little Magician’ is viewed as one of the best players in the English top flight. A true team player and lethal from distance, he has notched up 26 goals and 27 assists in 112 matches.

Coutinho’s importance to Jurgen Klopp’s team is huge, and it’s no coincidence their form dips when he is out injured. A Premier League title to end Anfield’s long drought would crown his career in England.

 

3. Gilberto Silva – Arsenal

Gilberto Silva
@em_com

Silva joined Arsenal after winning the 2002 World Cup, and his class was crucial to ‘The Invincibles’ season-long unbeaten run to win the 2003-04 Premier League title.

The midfielder’s great vision and solid defensive skills saw him make more than 200 appearances for the North Londoners.

He helped them reach the 2006 Champions League final, and also won two FA Cups.

 

4. Willian – Chelsea

Willian
@calciomercatoit

Willian has shown himself to be a player who rises to the occasion.

Having helped Chelsea to win the title in 2014-15, he was one of the few successes of their poor 2015-16 season.

Outstanding in dead-ball situations, the winger has netted 26 goals for Chelsea, seven from direct free kicks. He’s also added 21 assists.

The Brazilian has been affected this season by the sad death of his mother, but remains a game-changer on his day.

 

5. Ramires – Chelsea

Ramires
@mondo_inter-it

Ramires was known by Cruzeiro fans in Brazil as the ‘Blue Kenyan’, due to his physical endurance and the team’s colours.

He caught Chelsea’s eye whilst at Benfica and joined them for around £20m in 2010.

The tireless midfielder impressed then-manager André Villas-Boas with his imposing style and sparkling attacking football.

Ramires played a vital role in helping Chelsea reach the 2012 Champion League final but missed the win over Bayern Munich through suspension.

A Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup winner, he left Stamford Bridge in January after more than 250 appearances and 34 goals, joining Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.

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