From Giggs to Bale – Premier League’s six best ever Welshman ranked on St Davids Day

Wales has always been a rugby nation first and foremost, but in the last decade the small country has been punching well above its weight when it comes to football.

The Dragons hit an all-time FIFA world ranking high of eighth in October 2015, months before they knocked out powerhouses Belgium en route to reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2016.

There have been no shortage of established Welsh players in the Premier League since the competition came into existence in 1992 and we have ranked the top six best.

The Premier League’s six best ever Welshman ranked:

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6. Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams proudly captained Wales at Euro 2016
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Williams embodied the passion and pride shown by Welsh fans and players alike during the memorable Euro 2016 campaign.

A highly capable central defender, Williams carved out a top-flight career with Swansea and Everton and was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal which never materialised.

Now 35 and plying his trade for Bristol City, the Wolverhampton defender is still confident of adding to his total of 86 caps in the future.

5. Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy celebrating scoring a goal for Wales against Senegal
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Although a controversial and divisive character for much of his career, there is no doubting Bellamy was a lethal striker in his pomp.

Memorably made a fool out of Rio Ferdinand to score a stunning goal for Manchester City at Old Trafford, but his return of 19 goals for Wales is probably short of the total he should have bagged.

Bellamy’s golf swing celebration at the Nou Camp was another classic moment in a career which saw him represent Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, West Ham and Celtic.

4. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has four Champions League winners’ medals to his name

Wales. Golf. Madrid – In that order. Iconic. Bale is undoubtedly Wales’ current talisman and the inspirational figure they turn to in sticky situations and will be…