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Premier League countdown: Three iconic top-flight captains

With just three days to go until the start of the new Premier League season, it has got us here at Coral News thinking. If we had to pick, who would the three most iconic captains be that have played in the division since its inception?

Below are our three choices, as well as video evidence to support their courageous mannerisms and outstanding contributions to their sides, along with plenty of silverware successes to list.

Roy Keane
Soccer - FA Carling Premiership - Arsenal v Manchester United - Highbury

One of the most inspiring and aggressive skippers ever to grace the Premier League, with the Irishman having constantly rallied Manchester United to victory under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Keane guided the Red Devils to an incredible seven Premier League trophies during his time as captain at Old Trafford, overseeing the club’s sensational period of domestic dominance. Louis van Gaal will want to see a similar drive from his current crop of players, who are 11/2 with Coral to win the title.

With his unwavering determination, the former Republic of Ireland international midfielder was the definition of a driven captain, never giving up and commanding the pitch for his team.

Due to his aggressive approach, Keane obviously became embroiled in many bust-ups during his career in the Premier League, especially with his Arsenal nemesis Patrick Vieira, but the Irishman proved his worth by lifting 17 major trophies as skipper.

Watch Keano’s famous tunnel tussle with rival Vieira before a clash between the two clubs.

Patrick Vieira
Soccer/Arsenal v Man Utd

When this towering French midfielder wasn’t confronting Keane, he was busy driving the Gunners towards trophy success under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.

Skipper of the historic ‘Invincibles’ side, Vieira was a true tour de force in midfield, captivating Arsenal’s former home of Highbury with his astute bursts forward and dominant displays in the engine room.

Furious match-ups with Keane only added to the intensity that Arsenal’s stalwart skipper brought to the table, captaining probably the greatest ever Gunners side to that famous undefeated title triumph in 2004.

As well as that, Vieira lifted three Premier League trophies in total, as part of the 11 major honours successfully secured in his impressive career in England with the Gunners.

Watch the Frenchman score a screamer against Newcastle United during the year of the Invincibles.

John Terry
Australia Soccer Chelea FC Sydney FC

Captain, leader and legend are the words used by Chelsea fans to describe their heroic skipper Terry, as the Blues defender continues to guide his side to success.

One of the best centre backs of his generation, Terry epitomises what a club captain should be, with his never-say-die attitude and willingness to give his all to the team’s cause.

Outlined by his trophy-laden career, which includes four Premier League trophies, the former England international skipper has been a genuine leader at Stamford Bridge. The 34-year-old will once again lead out Jose Mourinho’s men this term, as he attempts to retain the title with Chelsea, who are 7/4 to do so this season.

Watch Terry go for a dangerous header against Arsenal and get himself knocked-out, something which very few defenders would have done.