By William Hill
Last Updated: 18th November 2019
Whether it was the famous Alan Shearer arm salute, the slick Thierry Henry knee slide or the infamous Wayne Rooney knockout celebration – the chances are you recreated some of those moves on the field at lunchtime at school or down the park with your mates at the weekend.
While goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders play their part, there’s something about goalscorers that really brings out the nostalgia in a football fan, and with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero two goals away from notching his 175th Premier League goal, we take a look at the league’s best five.
Alan Shearer (260 goals)
With 260 Premier League goals in just 441 appearances, former Blackburn and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer is way out in front when it comes to being the division’s most potent striker of all time.
The Newcastle-born striker hit the 20+ goals barrier seven times, breaking 30+ goals on three occasions. So, it’s no surprise that he won back-to-back-to-back Golden Boot awards on the way to racking up his mega total.
Will he ever be caught?
Wayne Rooney (208 goals)
Although still playing professionally, Wayne Rooney looks unlikely to close the 52-goal gap between him and Shearer, but the former Everton and Manchester United striker will always be one of the league’s best.
Robin van Persie and Didier Drogba denied him the Golden Boot in 2011/12 and 2009/10 respectively, but he won’t mind too much as his goals helped United win the title a whopping five times.
Andy Cole (187 goals)
Third in the top five is Premier League journeyman Andy Cole, who netted 187 goals throughout his career for the likes of Newcastle, Manchester United, Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham in 414 games.
Like Rooney, his goals helped him win the domestic title five times, but he also managed to get his hands on the Golden Boot award in 1993/94 – scoring an impressive 34 goals for Newcastle that season.
Frank Lampard (177 goals)
There aren’t many midfielders with an eye for goal quite like Chelsea legend Frank Lampard. In fact, the West Ham academy product is the only midfielder in the top 10 of all-time Premier League scorers.
Four Player of the Month awards, three domestic titles and a Premier League Player of the Season award all sit on his curriculum vitae, having at one stage hit double figures 12 seasons in a row.
Thierry Henry (175 goals)
Signed for £11 million by Arsene Wenger to replace Nicolas Anelka, Thierry Henry’s arrival at Arsenal was initially questioned by supporters, but 175 league goals in just 258 appearances silenced the critics.
His standout campaign was Arsenal’s 2003/04 season in which the north London side went 38 games unbeaten and he bagged 30 goals, the title, the Golden Boot and the Player of the Season award.
Sergio Aguero (173 goals)
Aged 31 and still seemingly as good as ever in front of goal, Manchester City hitman Sergio Aguero has been imperative to his club’s success and will expect to surpass Henry and Lampard this season.
The Argentina international is arguably the league’s greatest ever import, needing just 250 appearances in the top flight to reach 173 goals, including netting 20+ in six of his eight seasons.
Aguero has hit nine Premier League goals this season, two off top scorer Jamie Vardy, and he is 4/1 to win the Golden Boot this term.