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Top 20 Ivory Coast footballers in Premier League: Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal stars feature

Here are 20 of the best Ivory Coast players to have featured in the Premier League, including some big-name Manchester United and Chelsea stars

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The Premier League is a truly global market.

Every corner of this globe is aware and hungry for Premiership action, and the auction for coverage rights has heightened so much, the money involved is truly staggering.

This money rolls downhill into the coffers of the clubs who comprise the English top-flight. This gives these clubs a choice – spend big with a hope to progress, or safeguard the future of the club and live within their means.

Either way, teams from the Championship and below looking up at the big table where all the giants reside, want promotion more than ever. It represents the grandest of changes which could revolutionise every aspect of the club – from players careers to the expansion or even replacement of the stadium.

As a result, the Premiership is now the preferred destination for the majority of players, along with the superpowers of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Professionals and their agents are hankering after a move to the Premier League – they want to make their mark on the biggest stages and the Premiership is one of them.

As the audience is so widespread, so is the representation of players from different countries. Once the first player from a country makes their bow in the spotlight, it attracts a bigger audience from that respective nation. Asia is a lucrative market right now, but Africa has always been a productive continent – for fanbase and players alike.

Ivory Coast has provided a large share of success for teams in the Premiership – but which Ivorian has had the biggest impact?

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