By News Team
Last Updated: 17th April 2020
We’ve taken a trip down memory lane to look back at the top five overseas goalscorers of the Premier League era from outside the UK and Ireland, so sit back and reminisce as there has been some superlative talent to grace the division in the years gone by.
Sergio Aguero – 180 goals
No foreign import has scored more goals in the Premier League than Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, with his 180 strikes placing him fourth in the division’s all-time top scorer list.
The Argentinian ace has netted some truly memorable strikes in his time in Manchester. However, none will top his title-winning strike on the last day of the 2011-12 season against QPR as the Citizens lifted the trophy for the first time.
Thierry Henry – 175 goals
If you ask an Arsenal fan who their favourite player is, more often than not they will say Thierry Henry, who arrived at the north London side from Juventus in 1999 as a winger.
Under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage, the Frenchman became imperative as a striker to Arsenal’s Invincible season and went on to score a total of 175 Premier League goals, including 30 during that magical 2003-04 campaign.
Robin van Persie – 144 goals
Dutch striker Robin van Persie also played for Arsenal, though fans won’t look back on him quite as lovingly as Henry after refusing to sign a new contract and forcing through a move to rivals Manchester United following a 30-goal season.
It was a move that paid dividends for the former Feyenoord man as he lifted the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford in 2013-13, netting 26 goals. All in all, Van Persie netted 144 in the division to become one of its most dangerous strikers.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 127 goals
While on the subject of Dutch strikers, it’s impossible not to include Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who netted 127 goals in the division, in our top five as he thoroughly deserves his spot.
He scored 23 goals for the Blues in consecutive seasons and also had memorable spells at Leeds and Middlesbrough. In that time, he won the Premier League’s Golden Boot twice, getting his hands on the coveted award in 1998-99 and 2000-01.
Nicolas Anelka – 125 goals
With his goals helping him get his hands on two Premier League titles, this list wouldn’t be complete without the addition of Frenchman Nicolas Anelka.
The former Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Bolton man never hit more than 20 in a season, but he did notch double figures in seven campaigns, including when winning the Golden Boot for the Blues in the 2008-09 season, en route to scoring a total of 125 Premier League goals.
One player who could have been remembered as one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers might have been Romelu Lukaku, had he not swapped Manchester United for Inter Milan last summer.
The Belgian international is only 26 yet has 113 Premier League goals to his name, having netted for the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United in just 252 appearances. Already in Italy he has scored 17 in 25 and it’s safe to say he probably didn’t get the respect in England he should have had given his strike rate in the Premier League.