The 2010-2011 Premier League season saw heroes made of many players. Rooney’s bicycle kick against Manchester City, Torres’ move to Chelsea, Suarez tearing up the Red Devils’ defence – the list goes on! But who was really the most popular with English fans?
The 2010-11 season was a tumultuous one for the Reebok football boots endorsee. Despite continuing his incredible run of scoring in ever Premier League season since the competition’s inception, the Welshman saw his private life splashed all over the tabloids towards the end of the season.
Giggsy, however, will always be a legend in the eyes of the Old Trafford faithful, so despite his tough last few months it’s no surprise to see the Winger in the top 10.
9. Arshavin – Arsenal
We’re going to go ahead and guess that most of these were bought either before the 2010-11 season started, or after he scored the winner over Barcelona.
8. Suarez – Liverpool
Despite only arriving on English soil in Januray, Uruguayan Suarez springs into the top 10!
As we all know, Liverpool is a football-mad city and a global brand, so statistically Liverpool players have a great chance of making the top 10 – but that doesn’t detract from the adidas football boots-wearer’s unbelievable charting in this list!
7. Drogba – Chelsea
Always a popular choice, the seemingly evergreen Drogba is always on hand to grab goals for the Blues!
Despite constant speculation linking him away from Stamford Bridge, it seems the fans have faith in ‘the Drog’ striding the turf in his Superfly III‘s for another season, at least!
6. Lampard – Chelsea
Another Chelsea player who is constantly reminded of his age by the media is Frankie Lampard!
The England International is keen to prove he still has years of top-flight football left in him, and he’ll undoubtedly draw inspiration from the droves of Blues fans who pack the terraces with ‘Lampard 8′ on their backs.
5.' Van Persie – Arsenal
Dutch striker Van Persie had a mixed start to the season, but came good for the Gunners after the turn of the year.
The long-time Predator football boots-wearer bagged 18 goals after the Christmas break' – not to mention a strike from an impossible angle to spark Arsenal’s fightback against Barcelona. If the Former Feyenoord man can stay fit this season, perhaps he could move even higher in next season’s list!
4. Chicharito – Manchester United
Leaping into the top 4 like his gravity-defying leaps for the ball from a corner, Javier Hernandez’s impact in English football should cannot be overstated.
The Mexican forward has had to share his position with the likes of Rooney and golden-boot winner Dimitar Berbatov, but his never-say-die attitude on the pitch and pleasant demeanor off of it have ensured his place in the hearts of Stretford End regulars.
3. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool
Kop hero Steven Gerrard’s popularity with Liverpool fans is so great, we often wonder whether he could spend the whole season scoring own-goals and conceding penalties and still end up as one of the best-selling player shirts!
The adidas football boots wearer will be the first to admit his disappointment at the 2010-11 season, but will undoubtedly be thrilled that the Anfield regulars have kept their faith in him and continued to adorn their football shirts with his name and number.
2. Torres – Chelsea
Dropping from the top-spot he’s held for the past two years, many likely point out the Spaniard’s transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea as the reason for his drop in popularity.
But despite his move and subsequent bad form, Torres is still within touching distance of his old crown thanks to a huge surge in shirt sales immediately following his signing – famously outselling Andy Carroll (who took the former Atletico man’s number nine jersey) at a rate of 250-1 before he even played a game.
1. Rooney – Manchester United
Another player who has had a rough year but come out with his fan’s love intact (definitely a theme appearing here) is Wayne Rooney.
The Red Devil has leapfrogged Torres to take the top spot after helping secure the Old Trafford club’s 19’s title – but can he retain it this season with a host of big name transfers happening this summer?
Those of you with keen memories will recall last years top 10, and will have seen the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Carlos Tevez have all dropped from the list.
Who do you think will be in this year’s top 10?
Any surprises from last year?
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