The top 10 players with the highest Prem win percentage: Salah first..
Make a list of the Premier League‘s greatest ever players and it’s likely a lot of the names you think of aren’t on the alternative list of the players with the best win percentage in the competition.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry and Frank Lampard all miss out – largely in part to spells of their careers where their teams struggled to pick up results.
Excluding all those to have made fewer than 100 appearances in the Premier League, here are the 10 players with the highest individual win percentage. OPTA stats via Premierleague.com.
10. Fernandinho – 69.03%
It’s no surprise to see the Brazilian crack the top 10, giving his regular place at the base of Pep Guardiola’s midfield in recent years.
The 35-year-old has also racked up 14,878 passes during his 226 Premier League appearances, apparently.
9. Nicolas Otamendi – 69.12%
His win percentage will likely remain at 69.12%, having departed for Benfica.
The Argentina international was oft-criticised for some of his more erratic displays, but he was a regular when City were at their most commanding.
8. David Silva – 69.26%
El Mago’s decade at City saw a run of 10 consecutive top-four finishes, four league titles, and three finishes as runners-up. City won in 214 of his 309 Premier League appearances.
Not bad considering that City’s average position in the decade before he arrived was 10th (discounting a season back in the second tier).
7. Kevin De Bruyne – 69.43%
The highest-placed City player in the top 10, he’s another that has Guardiola to thank for placing so high, having turned City into a relentless winning machine for at least two of the Belgian’s seasons at the Etihad Stadium.
6. Ricardo Carvalho – 70.37%
Brought over from Porto by his compatriot Jose Mourinho, the centre-half’s arrival coincided with – and had a major influence in – Chelsea becoming a Premier League powerhouse.
The former Portugal international won three league titles during his six years in West London and they competed at the top end of the table throughout. During those six seasons, Chelsea lost just 23 games, averaging fewer than four defeats a year – and Carvalho only featured in 14 of those.
5. Michael Ballack – 70.48%
The Germany international only actually got his hands on the Premier League trophy in his fourth and final season with Chelsea, but they were still a dominant force throughout his time (2006-2010) there.
4. Nemanja Vidic – 70.62%
No mean feat considering he made 211 Premier League appearances.
During the Serbian’s first eight seasons at Old Trafford, they were always in the top two, winning five league titles. Indeed, there’s a strong argument that was Fergie’s best-ever United team.
Vidic would have been even higher on this if he didn’t stick around for the David Moyes season.
3. Claude Makelele – 70.83%
The Frenchman’s six years at Stamford Bridge coincided with one of the most dominant and successful periods in Chelsea history, especially in his first two title-winning seasons at the club.
Chelsea won 29 of 38 games as they won the league in 2004-05 and again in 2005-06, never finishing outside the top two during Makelele’s five seasons there.
2. Paulo Ferreira – 72.34%
The Portuguese full-back was rarely a first-teamer during his nine years at Stamford Bridge, but he was evidently a useful, reliable player to have about.
The definition of a solid squad player.
1. Mohamed Salah – 73.39%
Liverpool’s Egyptian King has won in 91 of his 124 (13 from his Chelsea days) Premier League appearances, which is a bit bonkers when you think about it.
But he faces competition from his Reds team-mates. Trent Alexander-Arnold will soon hit a century of Premier League appearances, and he’s on 75 wins from 96 appearances to date (78%).
Likewise, Brazilian duo Alisson and Fabinho both arrived in the summer of 2018, beginning the era in which Jurgen Klopp’s Reds hit 97 and 99 points in successive seasons. They both currently have an 80% win percentage.