The five most iconic captains of the Premier League era: Keane, Gerrard...

There have been some unbelievable leaders since the Premier League was founded in 1992...

Are captains as important in today's game as they once were in the Premier League?

Being the skipper of a soccer team used to be a key role in a team but these days it no longer appears to be as vital.

Leadership is still important - especially in the changing rooms - but one player does not control a squad like in the old days. Just look at what Gareth Southgate has done.

The England boss created a 'leadership group' for the national side which includes Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, and Jordan Henderson.

There are still been rare cases of true leaders as captains in Maguire at Manchester United and Leicester City legend Wes Morgan.

However, regardless of which team wins a league title, you still look at who is wearing the armband.

To celebrate, Planet Sport looks at the best five captains of the Premier League era.

Roy Keane

Undoubtedly one of the best captains of all-time if not the best. Roy Keane was a leader of men on and off the field.

The Irishman was not a player to be messed with by the opposition.

Highlight reels include a punch thrown at Alan Shearer, THAT tackle on Alf-Inge Haland and a clash with Patrick Vieira in the Highbury tunnel.

After signing from Nottingham Forest in 1992 for a then-British record fee, the midfielder would become captain in 1997 and remained in the role until his departure in 2005.

Keane - who left the club following a fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson - won seven league titles at United.

Gary Neville has claimed Keane is the most inspirational player he ever trained and played alongside.

John Terry

A true Premier League legend.

John Terry was not only one of the best defenders in recent years but also one of the most decorated captains in English soccer.

Coming through the Chelsea ranks, Terry would become a first-team regular by the age of 20 alongside Marcel Desailly.

After being taken over by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic in 2003, the Hollywood signings started from the top with Jose Mourinho coming in as manager.

Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, and, Joe Cole were just some of the names to come through the door to play with the likes of Frank Lampard and Terry.

JT left it all on the pitch and would run through a brick wall to ensure he rallied his Blues' side to victory - and more importantly a clean sheet. 

Yes, he may have lifted the Champions League trophy in his full kit despite not playing a single minute.

And yes, he requested to be subbed off with a guard of honour in the 26th minute of his final game as a Chelsea player - the same number as his shirt number - at the approval of David Moyes. 

But nobody can deny his brilliance as a player and as a captain, he won five Premier League titles.

Vincent Kompany

Much like Terry, Vincent Kompany played a pivotal role in transforming a side that was looking to compete with Europe's elite.

Following Manchester City's takeover by Sheikh Mansour, a heavy investment soon followed and much was wasted on the likes of Robinho, Elano, and Jack Rodwell.

However, one player worth every penny was Kompany. Signing for £6million in 2008, the Belgian was a bargain to say the very least and soon became a fans favourite. There are some things money can't buy and that is leadership.

An all-round nice guy, Kompany was perhaps a polar opposite to Keane in the changing rooms but on the pitch, just as ruthless.

With four Premier League titles to his name along with multiple domestic cup trophies and a title-winning goal against Leicester in 2019, Kompany is, without doubt, one of the best captains of the Premier League era.

Steven Gerrard

Despite never actually winning the Premier League with LiverpoolSteven Gerrard cemented his legacy as an icon.

Gerrard was cruelly denied a domestic league title in 203/14, and a slip from the midfielder against Chelsea, contributed to them agonisingly missing out to Man City.

Arguably the best Premier League captain and player to have never won the league title, Gerrard shows that it's not just about titles and accolades that define a great leader.

A one-man club and a Liverpool legend, Gerrard stuck by his boyhood club through thick and thin even when he was offered the chance to play elsewhere at some of Europe's elite, including Real Madrid and Chelsea.

When you think of Istanbul in soccer terms, there is only one name that comes to mind...

Patrick Vieira

Taking over from Tony Adams as Arsenal captain, Patrick Vieira proved to be the perfect replacement.

Adams could have quite easily made this list but it is his predecessor's accomplishments that forces the defender to miss out.

Vieira remains the only captain to have ever led a team through an entire season without defeat in the league.

Arsenal's 'Invincibles' will be remembered forever in Premier League history for their dominance in the 2003/04 season.

Vieira played a huge part in this impressive side with his dominant and gutsy performances in the heart of midfield.

Widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, Vieira would often bring the game to his opponents.

The Frenchman's fierce rivalry with Keane proved how much he was able to go toe-to-toe with some of the league's toughest.

Vieira left the club having won the Premier League on three occasions and one title triumph was as being captain.

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