Career years: 2008-Present
In the United States, we love to recklessly build up our superstars, and just as relentlessly tear them down. In England, tearing them down from the start is usually par for the course. Jack Wilshere, however, is a rare exception. The departure of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and Robin van Persie in recent years has made the 21-year-old the new face of Arsenal, and in the media and with stans alike, Wilshere is untouchable.
He gets all the credit and none of the blame, which leads to his stans bombarding Twitter with claims that he's better than the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Steven Gerrard. Please. Take the stan test: If we told you that Player A scored no goals and had three assists in 25 league appearances last season, would you say he's better than Xavi or Gerrard? No. What if I told you that Player A is Jack Wilshere? Your answer is yes, now? Take a seat.