The Henrik Larsson Stat That Shows He Is SPL’s Greatest

There’s been a bit of debate resurfacing online again. Henrik Larsson v Brian Laudrup. Larsson v Gazza. And so on. The question is, who is the best to have played in the SPL and who is the greatest foreign player to play in Scotland?

Green tinted specs or otherwise, Henrik Larsson ticks both boxes. He scored in almost every round en route to Seville, he won Barcelona the Champions League and was described as irreplaceable by the La Liga giants, then he won Manchester United the English Premiership if a certain Sir Alex Ferguson’s word means anything. That shows his calibre at the highest level. Granted, Laudrup has lifted similar trophies…

But can anyone argue with this statistic?

Henrik Larsson averaged 34 goals and 16 assists for each of his seven seasons at Celtic, one of which he missed the majority of with a broken leg!

It goes without saying that the Swede could score goals with his left or right foot and his head. He was a scorer of big goals too, netting in countless Glasgow derbies and bagging a stunning brace in the UEFA Cup final. The King also had the composure to assist twice in the Champions League final, when Barca trailed Arsenal.

Larsson was a workhorse, who relentlessly chased down defenders. He was brave, sticking his head in for the cause on several occasions, which once led to a broken jaw against Livingston. Above all, he was selfless, which gave him an assist tally that most midfielders would kill for.

So let’s stop the nonsense and delusion. Larsson is the greatest player that the SPL has ever seen.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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