The best ever Premier League strikers
Since the Premier League’s inauguration in 1992, some of the games finest strikers have left their mark in England’s top flight with the record-breaking exploits, diverse range of goals and general brilliance when leading the line.
To finish as the league’s top goalscorer is no easy feat either, with three players from our selected five having won the Golden Boot an impressive eight times between them during their careers.
So many iconic Premier League moments have come from the touch of a striker’s boot, with many heroes created over the past 26 years.
Here, we take a look at the five best ever Premier League strikers.
Dennis Bergkamp was signed by Arsenal in 1995 for a then club-record fee of £7.5m by Bruce Rioch. It was a bold signing by the Gunners, who had struggled somewhat throughout the early part of the nineties but with their Dutch wizard on board, the glory days soon returned.
Bergkamp simply had the ability to pick passes that others didn’t see. Articulate in his play and cool under pressure, the forward gave Arsenal a new attacking dimension under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. The no.10 scored arguably the Premier League’s greatest goal (v Newcastle United) and hat-trick (v Leicester City) and won three Premier League titles, scoring 87 goals in total.
The Everton forward made his mark as a 16-year-old when he scored a last minute winner against Arsenal in 2002, going on to record 208 Premier League goals in total. Wayne Rooney’s early rise at Goodison Park saw he signed by Manchester United for a British record-fee for a teenager, and he didn’t disappoint.
Rooney won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, one Champions League, one Europa League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Furthermore, Rooney’s total of 253 goals for the Red Devils make him their all-time top goal scorer. His energetic and passionate style made Rooney a legend at Old Trafford, and he is currently enjoying a fruitful spell in the United States for DC United.
The explosive Argentinian striker has been a real Premier League hit since signing for Manchester City in 2011. Nimble, agile and with a real eye for goal, Aguero has tormented defenders up and down the country for eight seasons now, landing him three league titles and one Golden Boot to date.
The 30-year-old is currently City’s all-time top goal scorer and sits eighth in the overall Premier League top goal scorers list. What City fans will remember most about Aguero is his 94th minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011/12 season, landing City their first title in 44 years.
After making his name at Blackburn Rovers, Alan Shearer was quite simply a Premier League goal machine. An incredible 260 goals in the competition make Shearer the all-time leading goal scorer, and a dream move to Newcastle saw him notch 148 of those league goals across 303 appearances. Previously, Shearer banged in 112 goals for Rovers in just 138 games which provides a clearer breakdown of just how potent he was.
Shearer won three Golden Boots during his career which also included a Premier League title during his time at Blackburn, forming a formidable partnership with Chris Sutton. Shearer holds the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks with eleven, scoring five of those in one season.
Elegant, charismatic, and quite simply, a brilliant football player. Thierry Henry was a relative unknown when he signed for Arsenal in 1999 but left a Premier League legend. The winger turned striker was an absolute revelation to English football, with his explosive pace and exquisite finishing setting him apart from the rest.
Henry picked up four Golden Boots during his time in North London and was part of two-title winning sides, including the Invincibles of 2004. The world class striker is Arsenal’s record goal scorer and has 174 Premier League goals to his name. Henry truly was the best of his generation.
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