The five top-scorers in Premier League history reads like a who's who of English football but two active players still aim to be considered among the greats when all is said and done.
Alan Shearer 🏴
Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer was a goal-machine, no questions asked. Shearer scored 283 league goals in his career (all in the first tier of English football), including 260 in the Premier League (of which 58 were penalties) with a joint record 11 Premier League hat-tricks, and a total of 422 in all competitions including international at all levels.
He scored his final professional goal in April 2006, aged 35, for Newcastle against archrivals Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear Derby.
Wayne Rooney 🏴
Manchester United's all-time leading goal-scorer in all competitions needs very little introduction. Right from the get-go at Old Trafford, goals were his destiny, as he scored a hat-trick on his full debut for the club in 2004 as an 18-year-old in the Champions League. Rooney won five Premier League titles, countless other trophies and scored buckets of goals, often in spectacular fashion (remember that bicycle kick in the Manchester Derby?)
Andy Cole 🏴
Another Red Devil makes the list. Andy Cole's legendary strike-partnership with Dwight Yorke culminated in Cole and his teammates lifting the treble in 1999. Cole scored goals for fun throughout his career, especially at United and Newcastle, where he averaged a goal every two games and set up countless others for his teammates.
Frank Lampard 🏴
Lamps is a Chelsea legend after a glittering, trophy-laden career at a club where he became the all-time leading goal-scorer, quite an achievement for a central midfielder. His instinct to arrive in the box at the right time became a hallmark of his game and something around which Chelsea managers built Chelsea teams. Now it's gone full circle and he's the Chelsea manager.
Thierry Henry 🇫🇷
Every list of Premier League greats needs an injection of va-va-voom. Arsenal's greatest ever goal-scorer brought French flair to the Premier League 20 years ago and the league has never been the same again. Henry won two Premier League titles and four Golden Boots in England, was Invincible with Arsenal in 2004, lifted the Champions League title with Barcelona in 2009 & won World Cup and European Championship titles with France. Many English defenders were happy to see him leave the country.
Sergio Agüero 🇦🇷
Consistently brilliant numbers at the top level, despite all of his injuries, have become a landmark of Agüero's game. Five straight seasons and five consecutive hauls of 20 or more Premier League goals, that's what Kun Agüero has become famous for. The clinical 31-year-old Argentine will be confident that he can catch Andy Cole in third, but can he surpass Rooney and get one over an old Manchester rival?
For the record, Aguero has 231 goals from 338 matches across all competitions for City.
Harry Kane 🏴
The England captain has been a revelation at Tottenham, notching 20 or more goals in four consecutive seasons between 2015 & 2018. Kane has scored 122 Premier League goals in his past five top-flight seasons, at an average of 24,4 per campaign.
If he keeps up that average for the next five seasons, he'll arrive at the 245 mark aged 31. Shearer scored the last of his 260 Premier League goals when he was 35. Do you think Kane will go on to become the most prolific goal-scorer in Premier League history? Only time will tell...