All-Time Premier League Top Scorers
Who are the the all time Premier League top scorers? Which Premier League players have scored 100 goals or more? Who has scored the most goals in each Premier League season? And who is the top Premier League scorer this season?
Below we’ve answered all of the above questions – all players in the Premier League 100 club, the golden boot winners from previous Premier League seasons and the goalscoring charts from the most recent (2011/2012) Premier League season.
The top five Premier League goal scorers get their own little write up and a link to video of their goals. Everyone outside of that gets just their name, the clubs they played and scored for (or club, in the case of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Matt LeTissier) and, of course, their total number of Premier League goals.
All Time Premier League Top Scorers
The top ten all time Premier League top scorers are:
- 1. Alan Shearer: 260 goals in 434 appearancess
- 2. Andy Cole: 187 goals in 408 appearancess
- 3. Thierry Henry: 176 goals in 258 appearances
- 4. Frank Lampard: 167 goals in 567 appearances *
- 5. Robbie Fowler: 163 goals in 375 appearances
- 6. Michael Owen: 163 goals in 362 appearances
- 7. Wayne Rooney: 158 goals in 351 appearances *
- 8. Les Ferdinand: 150 goals in 347 appearances
- 9. Teddy Sheringham: 146 goals in 407 appearancess
- 10. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: 127 goals in 287 appearances
* Still playing
Blackburn (1992-1996), Newcastle (1996-2006)
Alan Shearer, OBE, was born on 13th August 1970. Having started his career at Southampton, he went on to become one of the most prolific scorers of all time with Blackburn and his beloved Newcastle.
Great in the air, predatory from close range and deadly from distance, Shearer was at one time the complete striker. A series of knee injuries robbed him of some pace, but Shearer adapted his game in his later years and continued to find the net.
After the first ten years of the Premier League, Shearer was named as the outstanding player of the decade. He is also listed in the FIFA 100 greatest living footballers.
Shearer played 63 times for England, scoring 30 goals. He captained the side on 34 occasions.
Now working as a pundit on BBC television’s Match of the Day, Shearer had a brief spell as Newcastle United manager in 2008/9, when he took charge for the last eight games but was unable to save the club from relegation.
|Alan Shearer GOALS|
Newcastle (1993-95), Manchester Utd (1995-2001), Blackburn (2001-04), Fulham (2004-05), Man City (2005-06), Portsmouth (2006-07), Birmingham (2007), Sunderland (2007-08)
Andy Cole, or Andrew Cole, as he now prefers to be called was born on 15th October 1971. He began his career with Arsenal, but played just one game before moving to Bristol City. His goal scoring exploits for The Robins caught the attention of Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, who signed the striker in 1993. Cole partnered Peter Beardsley, won the First Division and continued scoring in the Premier League for he following two seasons.
He was sold controversially to Manchester United in 1995, where he went on to achieve huge success. He was the top scorer in Europe for United in the treble winning season of 1998-99, a season in which he and Dwight Yorke contributed 53 goals between them overall. Cole scored the goal that won the Premier League title, and the goal that took them to the Champions League final. He has five Premier League winners medals, one Champions League winners medal and two FA Cup winners medals.
Since leaving United Cole has played at Blackburn, Fulham, Mancheser City, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Sunderland, without quite recapturing his best goal scoring form. Cole finished his career with a loan move to Burnley and a brief spell at Nottingham Forest before retiring in 2008.
Cole was awarded the PFA Young player of the year award in 1994, and played 15 games for Engand, scoring just one goal.
|Andy Cole GOALS|
Arsenal (1999-2007), Arsenal (2012)
Thierry Henry was born on 17th August 1977. He moved to Arsenal after a relatively successful career in France and Italy, but was regarded by many as an overrated wide player. Arsene Wenger converted Henry to be a striker and the rest, as they say, is history. Pacy, classy, goalscoring history.
Henry’s goals won the Premier League twice for Arsenal, including the 30 league goals he scored as Arsenal’s famous Invincibles went the entire 2003/4 season unbeaten. Henry was twice awarded the PFA Players Player of the Year award, and also won the Football Writers Player of the Year award on two occasions.
For France, Henry scored 51 goals in 123 appearances and has World Cup and European Championship winners medals.
Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, where he won La Liga, the Champions League, Copa Del Rey and the Club World Cup. He currently plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. Henry made an emotional loan return to Arsenal in January 2012, playing for 7 weeks and scoring a few crucial goals, including 2 in the league.
|Thierry Henry GOALS|
Liverpool (1993-2001), Leeds Utd (2001-03), Manchester City (2003-06), Liverpool (2006-07), Blackburn (2008)
Robbie Fowler was born on 9th April 1975. He grew up in Toxteth, a rough area of Liverpool, and went on to become one of the best players ever to represent the Reds. In 1995 and 1996 he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Renowned for his natural finishing ability, in 1994 Fowler scored three times in 4 minutes, 33 seconds against Arsenal, still the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history. His goal scoring exploits were always matched by the controversy surrounding him. He was particularly criticised when after scoring a goal he pretended to snort the paint from the six yard line, following rumours of a cocaine addiction. Presenting his backside to Graeme Le Saux, rumoured to be gay, was also an episode that Fowler should not be proud of.
Fowler left Liverpool for Leeds United and then Manchester City, but was back at Anfield for one more year in 2006/7. Fowler went on to play for Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers before moving to Australia in 2009, where he played a season for North Queensland Fury before moving to current club Perth Glory.
Fowler played 26 times for England scoring 7 goals.
|Robbie Fowler GOALS|
West Ham Utd (1995-2001), Chelsea (2001-present)
Frank Lampard was born on 20th June, 1978 to the former West Ham player and manager, Frank Lampard, Sr’; Harry Redknapp is Lampard’s uncle. He is considered to be one of the best English footballers of his time.
Lampard is a box-to-box midfielder and is known for his work-rate, range of passing and exceptional goal-scoring ability. He began his career at West Ham United and secured a place in the first team in his third season with the club. The following season, he helped the team finish in the highest ever Premier League placing, at 5th.
In 2001, Lampard moved to rival club Chelsea for £11 million and he has been ever-present in the Chelsea first team since his debut. He holds a record of consecutive 164 English Premier League appearances.
In 2008, he signed a new contract with the West London club and became the highest paid Premier League footballer at the time. He had his most prolific season with Chelsea in 2009/10, where he won the Premier League title, the FA Cup, scored 22 league goals and assisted another 17 goals.
In the 2011/12 season, Lampard captained Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League title.
Lampard is the only midfielder to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League and he is second in the Premier League’s all-time assists table with 91 assists.
On the international level, Lampard has been capped 93 time by England since 1999 and he has scored 26 goals.
|Frank Lampard GOALS|
Everton (2002-04), Manchester United (2004-present)
Wayne Rooney was born on 24th October, 1985 and made his international debut in 2003 as the youngest player to represent England, until Theo Walcott debuted.
Widely regarded as the country’s best player, he has won the England Player of the Year award twice. In his 78 international caps, he has scored 32 goals and along with David Beckham, he is the most red carded player for England.
Rooney joined the youth team of Everton at the age of nine and he made his professional debut in 2002. He spent two years with the senior team at the Merseyside club before Sir Alex and Manchester United scooped him up for £25.6 million in 2004. Since then, United have won the Premier League four times, the 2007/08 Champions League and two League Cup.
In April 2012, he became United’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time after scoring his 180th goal for the club.
|Wayne Rooney GOALS|
Liverpool (1996-2004), Newcastle (2005-09), Man United (2009-12)
Michael James Owen was born on 14th December, 1979 in Chester, England. He is the son of a former forward of the 1970s, Terry Owen.
Michael Owen began his youth career in Liverpool in 1991. He progressed through the ranks and on his debut with the senior team in 1997, he scored. In his first full season in the English Premier League, he finished the season as the joint top-scorer with 18 goals.
Liverpool won a cup treble of the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and the Football League Cup and Owen was awarded the Ballon d’Or. He went on to score 118 goals for the Reds in the Premier League.
In 2004, Owen moved to Real Madrid and was frequently used as a substitute. The following season, he returned to England to Newcastle United with the highest goals scored to number of minutes played ration in Spain.
He scored another 26 Premier League goals for Newcastle until he was picked up as a back-up striker by Alex Ferguson. To this day, he plays for Manchester United.
|Michael Owen GOALS|
Queens Park Rangers (1992-95), Newcastle (1995-97), Tottenham (1997-2003), West Ham (2002-03), Leicester (2003-04), Bolton (2004-05)
Les Ferdinand, MBE, was born on 8th December 1966. He began his career scoring goals galore for lower league Hayes, and continued to do so wherever he went. His first big move was to top flight Queens Park Rangers, where he spent eight years banging in goals from 1987 to 1995 before earning a high profile move to Newcastle United. On Tyneside, Ferdinand developed a frightening strike partnership with Alan Shearer.
Like Shearer, Ferdinand was the complete package. Fast, strong, deadly in front of goal, and absolutely unbeatable in the air. After two years at Newcastle he moved on to Tottenham, where he spent six successful years before playing for West Ham, Leicester, Bolton and Reading.
Ferdinand was awarded the PFA players player award in 1996 and scored 5 goals for England gaining 17 caps.
|Les Ferdinand GOALS|
Rest of the EPL 100 Club
|• Teddy Sherringham||147|
|Nott. Forrest, Tottenham, Man. United, Tottenham, Portsmouth, West Ham||• Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||129||Leeds, Chelsea, Middlesborough||• Robbie Keane||126||Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham, Aston Villa||• Dwight Yorke||123||Aston Villa, Man. United, Blackburn, Birmingham, Sunderland||• Nicolas Anelka||123||Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton, Chelsea||• Jermain Defoe||121||West Ham, Portsmouth, Tottenham||• Ian Wright||113||Arsenal, West Ham||• Emile Heskey||111||Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan, Aston Villa||• Dion Dublin||111||Man. United, Coventry, Aston Villa||• Ryan Giggs||107||Man United||• Paul Scholes||107||Man United||• Robin van Persie||107||Arsenal, Man United||• Matthew Le Tissier||102||Southampton||• Darren Bent||102||Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa||• Didier Drogba||100||Chelsea
• Steven Gerrard 100
2011-12 Premier League Topscorers
|1||Robin van Persie||Arsenal||30|
|2||Wayne Rooney||Manchester Utd||27|
|3||Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||23|
|8||Grant Holt||Norwich City||15|
|9||Edin Džeko||Manchester City||14|
|10||Mario Balotelli||Manchester City||13|
Golden Boot winners
The following table is a list of winners of the Premier League Golden Boot per season, detailing their club, goal tally, actual games played, and their strike rate (goals/games).
Key to symbols:
† – denotes the award was shared that season
C – denotes the club were also League Champions that season
E – denotes the player also won the European Golden Shoe that season
(x) – denotes multiple winners of the award and their running total
|1995–96||Alan Shearer (2)||Blackburn||31||35||0.89|
|1996–97||Alan Shearer (3)||Newcastle||25||31||0.81|
|1997–98†||Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers||18||35||0.51|
|Dion Dublin||Coventry City||18||36||0.50|
|1998–99†||Dwight Yorke||Manchester UtdC||18||33||0.55|
|Michael Owen (2)||Liverpool||18||30||0.60|
|Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United||18||36||0.50|
|2000–01||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2)||Chelsea||23||35||0.66|
|2002–03||Ruud van Nistelrooy||Manchester UtdC||25||34||0.74|
|2003–04||Thierry HenryE (2)||ArsenalC||30||37||0.81|
|2004–05||Thierry HenryE (3)||Arsenal||25||32||0.78|
|2005–06||Thierry Henry (4)||Arsenal||27||32||0.84|
|2007–08||Cristiano RonaldoE||Manchester UtdC||31||34||0.91|
|2009–10||Didier Drogba (2)||ChelseaC||29||32||0.91|
|2010–11†||Carlos Tévez||Manchester City||20||31||0.65|
|Dimitar Berbatov||Manchester UtdC||20||32||0.63|
|2011-12||Robin van Persie||Arsenal||30||38||0.79|
NOTE #1: Teddy Sheringham scored his first goal of the 1992–93 season as a Nottingham Forest player, while the remainder were scored for Tottenham Hotspur following his transfer in August 1992.
NOTE #2: From the 1995–96 season onwards, the Premier League was reduced from 22 teams to 20, reducing the number of games in a league season from 42 to 38.