Born: 30 September 1977, Zhuange, China
Age in 2005: 28
Premier League Clubs: Manchester City (2002-2008)
Rarely will you find a one-club man on this list. Usually, our classic Premier League players are journeymen, nomads who appear all over England’s top division, (mildly) liked by fans everywhere. But exceptions have to be made, and Sun Jihai is that exception.
Signing for Man City from Dalian Shide in 2002 for a whopping £2m, making him the first ever Asian player to wear the sky blue shirt (and also play football in it).