The English top-flight has been blessed by the creativity of these stars for years at long.
The most attractive and lucrative football league in the world, the Premier League has been host to some incredible players over the years. Just like Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Bruno Fernandes currently, the Premier League has been graced with immense creativity. Their imagination and innovation have been crucial to the success of their respective teams. These players have also etched their names in Premier League with the most assists and goals.
Goals win you matches, there is no doubt about that. However, more often than not, the assist providers for those goals go unnoticed. Without the inventiveness of these players and their ball-playing abilities, goals would be a lot harder to come by. Having said that, thanks to the fantasy sports era, players have begun to receive more credit than they did before.
Khel Now takes a look at the top 10 players with the most assists in the history of the Premier League.
10. Kevin De Bruyne – 78
Presently, the most creative player in the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne is the first and only Manchester City player till date to have won the PFA Player of the Year award. He has now won it twice in a row in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.
Was it not for an injury-laden 2018/19 season, De Bruyne would have surely been a few spots ahead in this list. Having said that, the Belgian playmaker looked in fine form at the Euros and should propel Manchester City to yet another title challenge.
9. David Beckham – 80
With six Premier League titles to his name, Beckham’s name in this list is no surprise. The Manchester United superstar played just over 250 matches before moving to Spain. Had he stayed in the Premier League for a longer period, he would surely would have made the most assists record his own.
If not slotting free-kicks into the back of the net, Beckham was laying them on a platter for the strikers at Manchester United.
8. James Milner – 85
A true Premier League veteran and legend. James Milner has the fifth-most appearances in the competition and has played for several clubs in the league. One of the most versatile players in the league, Milner has played in a number of positions on the field for the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa and others.
Milner has won the league title thrice and is a respectable addition to this list.
7. Steven Gerrard – 92
One of the greatest, yet unfortunate players to have graced the English top-flight league. Steven Gerrard never won a Premier League title for Liverpool but his importance for them was never in doubt. Gerrard captained both Liverpool and the England National Team.
A phenomenal box-to-box midfielder, Gerrard has scored many goals from distance. His vision and incredible passing range have also earned him a lot of assists over the years.
6. David Silva – 93
David Silva is one of the greatest foreign midfielders in Premier League history. He has propelled Manchester City to four league titles and was named in the PFA Team of the year thrice. He is also the second-highest assist provider for the Spanish National team.
A player of immense composure, vision and fantastic reading of the game, David Silva sits in the sixth position with 93 assists.
5. Dennis Bergkamp – 94
Bergkamp is undoubtedly a Premier League legend with three titles to his name. He was a key component of Arsene Wenger’s revolution at Arsenal. He was part of the Gunners’ invincible team as well.
Bergkamp scored one of the most famous goals of the Premier League against Newcastle with the most sublime of first touches. In 2017, his goal was voted as the best goal of all time in the Premier League on its 25th anniversary.
4. Frank Lampard – 102
Arguably the greatest midfielder ever in the Premier League, Frank Lampard is considered as a Chelsea legend. A gifted box-to-box midfielder, Lampard has scored and assisted some very important goals in the history of the Blues.
Lampard is Chelsea’s highest goal scorer and assists provider. He has three Premier League titles to his name as well. Lampard also finished second in the 2005 Ballon d’Or race.
3. Wayne Rooney – 103
A Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney is one of the most decorated players in the history of the Premier League. Rooney has played as a striker and a midfielder in his career. While being third on this list, Rooney is also the second-top scorer of all time in the Premier League. Rooney has five premier league titles to his name. The same as the number of his Player of the Month awards.
2. Cesc Fabregas – 111
Cesc Fabregas is arguably the greatest Spaniard to have ever played in the Premier League. He had been an influential figure for both Chelsea and Arsenal. The 34-year-old had a phenomenal 2014/15 season when Chelsea won the title. Fabregas had 19 assists to his name that season.
Fabregas is one of the most coveted creative playmakers in the game. His vision and creativity has allowed him to unlock defences in ease. There is no doubt that if Fabregas had spent more years at the Premier League, he would have challenged Giggs for the top spot in most assists.
1. Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) – 162
The player with the most assists in Premier League history, Giggs is one of the longest-serving footballers in the English top-flight. He holds the record of the second-most appearances (632) in the Premier League in a career over 20 years. The Welshman is still 51 assists clear of the next best competitor in the most assists in the Premier League chart.
Giggs has a phenomenal 13 Premier League titles to his name and was also the first player to win consecutive Young Player of the Year awards. He is one of the most influential figures in Premier League history.