James Milner, who has played in the Premier League for nearly 20 years, is expected to be the fifth tallest manufacturer in the history of the league when it starts again … whenever possible.
In preparation for this milestone, here are the eleven best players in the history of the Premier League …
Steven Gerrard – 504 games
Active years: 1998 – 2015
Steven Gerrard played all 504 of his Premier League games in a Liverpool jersey. The Reds legend made its debut in November 1998 and has been an almost integral part of the team for the next 17 years, who inherited the club's captain in 2003.
11.Rio Ferdinand – 504 games
.Societies: West Ham United, Leeds United, Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers
Active years: 1996 – 2015
But due to persistent injuries later in his career, six-time Premier League champion Rio Ferdinand might have far more appearances than the 504 he actually had. The English center-back was suspended for a long time in 2004 due to a failed drug test.
10. Phil Neville – 505 games
.Societies: Manchester United, Everton
Active years: 1995 – 2013
Phil Neville's career was a product of the same youth system that gave the world his brother Gary, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and David Beckham. When playing in the Premier League, the career of Manchester United and Everton was more or less balanced.
9. Jamie Carragher – 508 games
Active years: 1997 – 2013
Only Anfield legend Ian Callaghan has ever played more games for Liverpool than Jamie Carragher. After initially establishing himself as a full-back and later moving to the center of defense, Carragher regularly played at least 35 Premier League games a season at his peak.
8. Mark Schwarzer – 514 games
Societies: Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester City
Active years: 1997, 1998 – 2016
After Mark Schwarzer started English football with a game for Bradford in the second division, he made his Premier League debut for Middlsebrough in 1997. After the Teesside club returned from its own magic in the second division, the Australian goalkeeper took the lead in 330 Premier League games and another 172 for Fulham until 2013.
7. Emile Heskey – 516 games
Societies: Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa
Active years: 1995, 1996 – 2012
Despite criticism of him over the years, Emile Heskey had a long and successful career in the Premier League. The striker was a phenomenon as a teenager in Leicester, became Liverpool's record signing in 2000 and was later a success at Wigan.
6. James Milner – 534 games
Societies: Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Liverpool
Active years: 2002 – Today
Milner experienced a renaissance in Liverpool and became a highly regarded member of the Anfield squad. After his debut in the Premier League in 2002, he was still strong.
The most important phase of success for the former English international was Manchester City, where he won two top titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup. He also won the Champions League under Jürgen Klopp in Liverpool and is expected to add another PL title to this collection soon.
5. Gary Speed - 535 games
Societies: Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers
Active years: 1992-2008
The late Gary Speed started his career before the era was born in 1992. The midfielder moved from Leeds to Everton in 1996. His best years in the Premier League came in 4th, 3rd and 5th in Newcastle, while he had a golden twilight in Bolton.
4. David James – 572 games
Societies: Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester City, Portsmouth
Active years: 1992 – 2003, 2004 – 2010
By the time Petr Cech broke the record in December 2015, David James had conceded more goals than any other goalkeeper in Premier League history. He also played more Premier League games than all but three players after missing just six months in the top division over an 18-year period.
3. Frank Lampard – 609 games
Societies: West Ham United, Chelsea, Manchester City
Active years: 1996 – 2015
Frank Lampard, an apparent talent at West Ham, found his groove at Chelsea in 2003 and later turned into a world-class star when Jose Mourinho arrived on Stamford Bridge in 2004. He maintained that level for a decade and even scored 22 goals in the Premier League midfield during the 2009/10 campaign.
2. Ryan Giggs – 632 games
Society: Manchester United
Active years: 1992 – 2014
Until 2013, Ryan Giggs was the only player to score in every Premier League season. An incredible record that demonstrated its longevity. The Welsh winger ended his career in 2014 with 13 championship titles, a record that probably nobody can match.
1. Gareth Barry – 653 games
Societies: Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton, West Brom
Active years: 1998 – 2018
Gareth Barry was only 17 when he became a regular at Aston Villa at the start of the 1998/99 season. After 365 games with Villa, he moved to Manchester City for £ 12m, won a Premier League title and has played more than 100 league games for Everton since 2013.