Tuesday 28 January 2020

Question nobody asked

How many squads have more Premier League medals than Ryan Giggs?

Manchester United's Energizer Bunny is heading for his 13th Premier League winner's medal, a commodity that outside of Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, is rare.

The league titles won by Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti means that there are 25 winner's medals among Chelsea's squad, with Ashley Cole (including two at Arsenal), Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Paulo Ferreira, Frank Lampard and John Terry all having three each.

However, outside of Chelsea, only Sunderland have a squad whose tally of league medals matches Giggs', thanks to the presence of John O'Shea and Wes Brown (five each) and one apiece for Kieran Richardson and Wayne Bridge.

Next on the list is Manchester City with five -- Carlos Tevez (two), Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Stuart Taylor -- while Tottenham's tally is four through William Gallas and Louis Saha.

Other than that only Stoke (three -- Robert Huth (two) and Matthew Upson), Fulham (Damien Duff (two), Liverpool (Glen Johnson) and QPR (Shaun Wright-Phillips) have players with a Premier League title.

By comparison, United's current squad has a tally of 71 winner's medals between 20 players, with Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand combining for 27 of them -- one fewer than the entirety of the rest of the Premier League excluding Chelsea.

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