Rooney spent 13 successful years at Old Trafford where he scored 253 goals and became the all-time leading goal scorer for United. (Image Source: Getty)
The Premier League is home to some of the best strikers in the world like Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, and Sergio Aguero. Since its inception in 1992, Premier League has comprised some top-quality strikers who have scored a bucket load of goals and made the league what it is today.
Here we are going to look at the top 10 leading goal scorers in the Premier League history:
1. ALAN SHEARER (260)
Alan Shearer is one of the best strikers ever to have played in the Premier League. Shearer scored an astounding 260 goals in 441 matches in the English top flight.
Shearer was a classic English center forward with great physicality and strength which allowed him to be a major threat in the air. He was a prolific goal scorer throughout his career and scored 112 and 148 goals for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United respectively.
Alan Shearer scored 260 goals in 441 matches.
Shearer holds many records, including the most goals, the most hat tricks (11), most goals in a 42 games season (34), and the most penalties scored (56) in the Premier League. Apart from that, he is all time leading goal scorer for Newcastle with 206 goals and has scored the most European goals (30) for the club.
Shearer won only one trophy in his career which was the Premier League with Blackburn in 1995 but won loads of individual honors including the Premier League Golden Boot for three consecutive seasons (from 1994-95 to 1996-97), the Premier League Player of the Year award in 1995 and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1994. He also bagged the 3rd position in the 1996 Ballon d Or and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
2. WAYNE ROONEY (208)
Wayne Rooney announced his arrival as a 16-year-old with Everton after scoring an outstanding volley against Arsenal. He spent two years at Goodison Park before joining Manchester United in 2004 after scoring 4 goals in Euro 2004 and winning the Golden Boy award that year.
Rooney spent 13 successful years at Old Trafford where he scored 253 goals and became the all time leading goal scorer for United. Rooney won every trophy possible at the club with the exception of the UEFA Super Cup, and scored 183 league goals for United.
Wayne Rooney scored 183 goals for United and 25 for Everton. (Image Source : Getty)
Rooney was a versatile player and was often deployed as a no.10 and sometimes even as a deep lying midfielder. He was very quick and strong in the early stages of his career though his speed declined due to age and injuries. He was a workaholic and put every ounce of his energy on the pitch.
He was very creative and was an excellent passer of the ball. Rooney accumulated 103 assists in the Premier League which places him 3rd on the list of players with most assists.
Rooney left United in 2017 for Everton and spent one season with the Toffees before signing with US club DC United. In all, he scored 183 goals for United and 25 for Everton.
3. ANDY COLE (187)
Andy Cole played a key part in the treble winning 1998/99 season for Manchester United and formed a lethal partnership with strike partner, Dwight Yorke. Together, the duo contributed 53 goals that season. Cole scored the winning goal in the final Premier League match against Tottenham which meant that United won the league by a single point. He also scored the winning goal against Juventus in the semi finals of the Champions League in the treble winning season.
Andy Cole scored 93 goals in 195 appearances for Manchester United
In all, Cole scored 93 goals in 195 appearances for Manchester United and represented 6 other clubs in the Premier League. He played for Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland apart from United and scored a total of 187 goals in 414 appearances in the English top flight.
Cole won the Premier League 5 times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League with United and won the League Cup with Blackburn in 2002. He won the Premier League Golden Boot and the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1994.
4. FRANK LAMPARD (177)
Frank Lampard is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and arguably the best player ever to play for Chelsea.
Lampard began his career with West Ham United and played with the Hammers for 6 years. He made 148 appearances and scored 24 goals before completing a move to London rivals, Chelsea. He established himself as one of the best players in the world at Stamford Bridge and won a host of trophies with the club including 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
Lampard is Chelsea’s all time leading goal scorer with 211 goals and made 164 consecutive appearances in the league.
Lampard was an all-round midfielder capable of playing anywhere in the midfield. He was a brilliant reader of the game and made late darting runs which allowed him to score a lot of goals. He had an excellent vision with an eye for a pass and is 4th in the list of most assists in the Premier League with 102 assists.
Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goal scorer with 211 goals and made 164 consecutive appearances in the league which is a record for an outfield player.
Lampard was runner up in the 2005 Ballon d Or, was the UEFA Midfielder of the Year in 2008 and won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2005. Apart from that, he was included in PFA Team of the Year for 3 consecutive seasons and won the Chelsea Player of the Year thrice.
5. THIERRY HENRY (175)
Thierry Henry is one of the best imports in the Premier League and is widely regarded as one of the best players of his time. Henry arrived on the English shores in 1999 when he signed for Arsenal and left the club as their all time leading goal scorer with 228 goals in all competitions.
Henry terrorized defenders with his pace and dribbling skills and scored some spectacular goals. Although deployed mainly as a striker, he was more than capable of playing on the wings due to his pace and energy.
Thiery Henry is all time leading goal scorer with 228 goals in all competitions.
The Frenchman scored 175 goals in just 258 matches and boasts the best goal-per-game ratio in this list at 0.68. He led Arsenal to 2 Premier League titles including the Invincible season where they won the league without losing a single game and the 2006 Champions League final.
Henry was twice the runner up in the FIFA World Player of the Year, was the runner up in 2003 Ballon d Or award and was included in PFA Team of the Year for 6 consecutive seasons. He also won the Premier League Golden Boot 4 times, won the FWA Footballer of the Year thrice and was included in UEFA Team of the Year 5 times. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
6. ROBBIE FOWLER (163)
Robbie Fowler earned the nickname God from the fans and is a club legend at Liverpool. Despite being an Everton fan, Fowler began his career at Anfield and achieved a lot of success with the club.
Fowler formed deadly partnerships with first, Steve McManaman and then with Stan Collymore who named Fowler as the best player he has ever played with. The Englishman scored a total 128 goals in 266 matches for Liverpool in two spells and is considered as one of the best players ever to don the club’s jersey.
Fowler played for Liverpool and scored a total of 163 goals in 379 appearances.(Image Source : Getty)
Fowler played for Leeds United, Manchester City and Blackburn in the Premier League apart from Liverpool and scored a total of 163 goals in 379 appearances.
Fowler won the League Cup twice, the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool and is one of only 4 players to have won the PFA Young Player of the Year in two consecutive seasons.
7. JERMAIN DEFOE (162)
Jermain Defoe is the only active player in this list. Currently playing for AFC Bournemouth, Defoe will begin his 18th season in the Premier League.
Defoe began his career with West Ham United and made 74 appearances for the Hammers and scored 18 goals in the league. He then joined Tottenham Hotspur and established himself as a consistent performer. He scored a total of 43 goals in 139 matches in the Premier League for Spurs and won the club s Player of the Year award in 2004.
Defoe scored 162 goals in 492 matches in the Premier League.
In January 2008, Defoe joined Portsmouth and spent a year with the club, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances. Harry Redknapp bought back Defoe to White Hart Lane for a fee of 15.75M pounds
Defoe spent 5 years in his second stint with Tottenham and scored 48 goals in 137 appearances for the club. He left for Toronto FC before returning to the Premier League with Sunderland. He scored 34 goals in 87 appearances but could not save the club from relegation last year.
In total, Defoe scored 162 goals in 492 matches in the Premier League and can move above Robbie Fowler if he scores two goals in the coming season.
8. MICHAEL OWEN (150)
Michael Owen lit the Premier League when he scored on his Premier League debut as a 17-year old. In his first full season, Owen scored 18 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot, the Premier League Player of the Season and the PFA Young Player of the Year. He achieved all this at the tender age of 18.
Owen became a superstar at Liverpool and scored 118 goals in 216 appearances for the club. He was the club’s top scorer in every season he played until his departure to Real Madrid.
At the age of 21, Owen won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award and was also awarded the World Soccer World Player of the Year in 2001. Owen seemingly had the world at his feet and was destined to shatter all the goal scoring records.
He left for Real Madrid in 2004 but returned to the Premier League after just one season with the Los Blancos. His time at Newcastle United was marred by persistent injuries and he ended up making just 71 appearances in his 4 year stay at the club.
He then spent 3 seasons at Manchester United and a season at Stoke City before retiring in 2013. In total, Owen scored 150 goals in 326 appearances.
Owen won the Premier League with Manchester United and won the FA Cup, two League Cups, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool.
9. LES FERDINAND (149)
Les Ferdinand made his professional debut with Queens Park Rangers in 1986 and established himself as a starter in 1989. In the first season of the Premier League, Ferdinand scored 20 goals for QPR.
He was a consistent goal scorer at QPR and scored 60 league goals in 3 seasons at the club. He then joined Newcastle where he scored 41 goals in 68 matches in 2 seasons. He is still fondly remembered by the Toon Army for his contribution and his partnership with club legend, Alan Shearer.
Ferdinand scored 149 Premier League goals in 351 games.
In 1997, Ferdinand joined Tottenham, the club which he supported as a boy. His time at White Hart Lane was less successful as injuries hampered his game time and he ended up scoring just 33 goals in his 5 year stay at the club.
He had spells with West Ham United, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers before finally retiring in 2006.
In total, Ferdinand scored 149 Premier League goals in 351 games. He won the League Cup with Spurs in 1999 and won the PFA Player of the Year in 1996.
10. TEDDY SHERINGHAM (146)
Teddy Sheringham had a long professional career which lasted 25 years and 881 matches and was a consistent goal scorer throughout his career.
Sheringham was often deployed as a second striker due to his vision and passing and often played the second fiddle to the main striker.
He began his Premier League with Nottingham Forest before joining Tottenham in 1992. He won the Premier League Golden Boot in the first season of the Premier League, having scored 22 goals. He spent 4 more years at Spurs and finished with 75 goals in his 5 year stay at the club.
He then joined Manchester United in 1997 and despite not being a regular starter, scored vital goals for the club. At the age of 33, he won his major trophy when United secured the Premier League title. He scored the equalizing goal in the famous comeback against Bayern in the Champions League final in 1999 and provided the assist for the winning goal.
He had a successful spell at United and won 3 Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup.
He rejoined Spurs in 2001 before spells with Portsmouth, West Ham, and Colchester United brought an end to a highly distinguished career in 2008.
Sheringham holds the record as the oldest outfield player to play in a Premier League match (40 years, 272 days) and the oldest player to score in a Premier League match (40 years, 268 days).