Top 10 English Soccer Entertainers

Best-Zola-Gazza Top Trio

For as long as the wind is blowing, we might as well be surfing the wave…

After FourFourTwo’s Top 100 footballers list, the ‘Association of Football Statisticians’ Top 100 Greatest Ever Footballers, and recently once again FourFourTwo’s 2007 EPL ‘Rich List’, The Sun is jumping onto the Top 100 bandwagon and starting a Top 10 ranking of their own: every week the ‘most trustworthy publication in the UK’ (yeah, cheap shot) will bring you the latest list of the best (and worst) things from the world of sport.

This week, it’s a Top 10 of the Most Entertaining Footballers in English soccer history. Like any other ranking, the article is to be taken with a grain of salt, but the good news for us Italian soccer fans is that Gianfranco Zola is ranked at nº2 :mrgreen: : it’s nice to know that the little Sardinian genius has left some good memories on the other side of the English Channel. Also at nº3 we find another well-known English figure of Serie A: Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne (ex-Lazio from 1992 to 1995).

I’ve published only the Top 3 here, for the full Top 10 you can check my full article up on

EPL Years
EPL Clubs
1964-1974, 1976-1977
Man Utd, Fulham
George BestBest loved nothing better than scoring on and OFF the pitch. The Northern Irishman was untouchable with the ball at his feet and was adored away from the game. His lifestyle was often criticised but Manchester United would not be the club they are today without him. Quite simply, he set the standard for everyone to follow.
Gianfranco ZolaZola’s love of the game was clear to see from the moment he arrived at Stamford Bridge. The Italian was a free-kick expert but there was far more to his game than the ability to curl a ball. Zola scored breathtaking goals and was one of the main reasons Chelsea lifted trophies under both Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli.
1985-1992, 1998-2002
Newcastle, Tottenham, M’boro, Everton
Paul GascoigneWhile Gazza can best be described as daft as a brush, the midfielder could do it all with the ball at his feet. A troubled genius he may be, but the former Newcastle and Tottenham ace was one of the few Englishmen to conquer Serie A.

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  • 3 Responses to “Top 10 English Soccer Entertainers”

    1. JohnST says:

      I agree that George Best be no. 1 but I can’t understand how Zola and Paul Gascoigne can be second and third respectively. They are both great players but surely, there are other entertainers in English football more worthy right?

    2. JDJ says:

      I have to agree with the first comment. Great players are not always the best entertainers. A futile effort by The Sun thus far.

    3. I don’t know guys… it’s all a matter of preference really. :) There’s no denying that Zola and Gazza raised the roof in the Premiership with some of their plays. Whether you place them at the Top of the ranking or at the bottom, they have their rightful place in there. Both should definitely be in the Top 10 I think.

      Easier to debate is the missed inclusion of a player like Dennis Bergkamp for example, someone with tremendous skill and often the provider of spectacular plays in the EPL… I think that’s one big name The Sun authors inexcusably forgot.