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Ranking the five players with the highest win percentage in Premier League history

There is no better feeling in sport than the joy of winning and throughout Premier League history we’ve seen some dominant teams in England’s top tier, but which players have secured three points on the most occasions?

We’ve decided to look at the most successful individual players in terms of victories, though only players to have played over 100 fixtures in the Premier League have been included.

Here are the five players with the highest win percentage in Premier League history:

Michael Ballack – 70.5%

The Chelsea of the mid-noughties were a formidable outfit as they established themselves as a dominant force in the English game, the billions of Roman Abramovich having attracted a number of Europe’s finest footballers to Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League may not have seen the very best of Michael Ballack but the midfielder certainly made an impression during an impressive four-year spell at Chelsea, winning a clean sweep of domestic honours in English football including playing his part in a double-winning season under Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea finished in the league’s top three in each of the German’s seasons at the Blues, including that title-winning season that saw Ancelotti’s free-scoring side set a new record for most goals scored.

Ballack finished his Chelsea career with four major honours and 25 goals in 166 appearances, in addition to winning 70.5% of his 107 Premier League fixtures.

Nemanja Vidic – 70.6%

Nemanja Vidic is recognised as one of the greatest defenders in Premier League history following a stellar career at Manchester United, the Serbian centre-back forming part of the spine of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last great side at Old Trafford.

Vidic won five league titles and the Champions League amongst his honours during a glittering career in English football, forming a solid defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand during a golden period for the Red Devils.

That quintet of league titles also included three in succession between 2007 and 2009, Vidic winning an incredible 149 of his 211 Premier League fixtures before leaving to join Inter Milan in 2014.

A serial winner at Manchester United, Vidic boasts the fourth best win percentage in the division’s history.

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Claude Makelele – 70.8%

Defensive-minded players are often rarely acclaimed like their attacking counterparts but Makelele’s importance was such that he had an entire midfield role renamed in his honour.

The former France international’s contribution had been somewhat overlooked by the hierarchy at Real Madrid but the loss of the Spanish giants was certainly Chelsea’s gain, Makelele playing an influential role in the club’s first successes of the Roman Abramovich era.

Initially signed by Claudio Ranieri before thriving under Jose Mourinho, the midfielder helped the west London side to back-to-back league titles, providing the defensive assurance to allow the likes of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to thrive ahead of him.

The first of those titles saw Chelsea secure a then record 95 points and concede just 15 goals all season, before dominating once more the following year to retain their crown.

Makelele spent five seasons at the club and won 102 of his 144 league fixtures, a win percentage of 70.8%.

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Paulo Ferreira – 72.3%

Another of the players who formed part of the dominant Chelsea side during Jose Mourinho’s first spell at the club, Ferreira became his compatriot’s first signing in English football having helped the ‘Special One’ to Champions League success with Portuguese side Porto.

The former Portugal international spent almost a decade at the capital club and won 11 major honours, including three league titles and the club’s first ever Champions League triumph in 2012.

The right-back’s game time became limited after the success of his initial seasons at Stamford Bridge, though he retained a win percentage of 72.3% – the second highest of any player in Premier League history to have played more than a century of games.

That figure is boosted by those back-to-back titles under Mourinho, in addition to a domestic double winning campaign under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti in 2010.

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Mohamed Salah – 73.5%

The player with the highest win percentage in Premier League history is current Liverpool forward Salah, the Egyptian having played a hugely influential role in the club’s rise of recent seasons.

Salah began his career in English football with an underwhelming spell at Chelsea that delivered just 13 league appearances, later rebuilding his career in Italian football before a big-money move to Merseyside in 2017.

Since then Salah has established himself as one of the finest forwards in world football, winning back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots for a Liverpool side who have gone from strength to strength under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds finished as runners-up last season despite losing just once all season and tallying a club record 97 points, before closing in on an elusive league title with a record-breaking start to the 2019/20 campaign, registering the best start of any side in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.

Salah’s current record stands at 83 wins from his 113 Premier League fixtures, a win percentage of 73.5%.

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