This year’s Barclays Premier League season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in history. Leicester City, normally bottom feeders in the PL, now sit atop the standings with just a handful of games to play. Close behind are Tottenham Hotspur, who haven't won the league in more than 50 years. Meanwhile, traditional powerhouses like Manchester United and Liverpool are battling simply for a shot at the top 4. It's a mixed-up season, indeed.
But one thing you can count on every season in the PL is a league chock-full of freakishly fit athletes. The average player rambles more than six miles during a 90-minute match—and most of those miles are filled with all-out sprints, constant stopping and starting, quick changes of direction, acrobatic leaps, and the occasional shot of a ball at 80 mph. No wonder these guys burn more than 5,000 calories per game—and the league is only getting faster and more physically taxing each season.
Still, in a sport filled with ridiculously in-shape guys, some men stand out from the pack and demand special recognition. Here’s our “Starting XI” for the fittest players in Premier League history. (In cases where athletes have played for multiple clubs, we've listed their primary clubs.)
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