Who are the ‘The All-Time Premier League’ top 10 goalscorers?
It’s an illustrious list of some of the finest attacking talent ever seen in football, with most of the players on it winning numerous leagues and cups during their respective careers.
Just two current Premier League players make it onto the list, with one of them within touching distance of the top three.
As of March 2021, eight of the top 10 are English, with one each from Argentina and France.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane was the latest player to break into the top 10, and it won’t be long before he makes his way into the top five.
Read on as we reveal who are the all-time Premier League top 10 goalscorers.
Current Premier League Top Scorers
All-Time Premier League Top Scorers
- 1. Alan Shearer: 260 goals in 441 appearances
- 2. Wayne Rooney: 208 goals in 491 appearances
- 3. Andrew Cole: 187 goals in 414 appearances
- 4. Sergio Aguero: 184 goals in 275 appearances*
- 5. Frank Lampard: 177 goals in 609 appearances
- 6. Thierry Henry: 175 goals in 258 appearances
- 7. Harry Kane: 166 goals in 245 appearances*
- 8. Robbie Fowler: 163 goals in 379 appearances
- 9. Jermain Defoe: 162 goals in 496 appearances*
- 10. Michael Owen: 150 goals in 326 appearances
All-Time Premier League Top Scorers – Top 3 Profiles
ALAN SHEARER: Blackburn Rovers (1992-1996), Newcastle United (1996-2006)
Alan Shearer was born on August 13, 1970. Having started his career at Southampton, he became one of the most prolific scorers of all-time with Blackburn Rovers and his beloved Newcastle United.
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 he adapted his game in his later years and continued to find the net.
While most famously associated with his home-town club, Shearer enjoyed his greatest successes at Blackburn.
He won the title with Rovers in 1994/95 and claimed the Golden Boot in 1994/95 and 1995/96.
Shearer added another Golden Boot with Newcastle the following season, but the club could not win any silverware during his time at the club.
After the first ten years of the Premier League, Shearer was named 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.
He had a brief spell as Newcastle manager in 2008/09, when he took charge for the last eight games but could not save the club from relegation.
Shearer now works as a pundit on the BBC’s Match of the Day show.
WAYNE ROONEY: Everton (2002-04), Manchester United (2004-2017), Everton (2017-2018)
Wayne Rooney was born on October 24, 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, Rooney scored a record 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country.
He joined Everton’s youth team at the age of nine and made his professional debut in 2002. Rooney spent two years with the senior team at the Merseyside club before Manchester United snapped him up for £25.6 million in 2004.
He went on to win five Premier League titles with United and is the only player to have scored more than 250 goals for the club.
Rooney’s scoring output in a United shirt undoubtedly suffered, as he was willing to play out of position if it benefited the team.
He described his legendary overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011 as his most important goal for United.
Rooney’s desire to win often saw him fall foul of match officials, but that passion endeared him greatly to United’s fans.
He subsequently rejoined Everton in 2017 before moving to Major League Soccer with DC United the following year.
Rooney subsequently returned to English football with Derby County and has since hung up his boots to become the club’s manager.
ANDREW COLE: Newcastle (1993-95), Man Utd (1995-2001), Blackburn (2001-04), Fulham (2004-05), Man City (2005-06), Portsmouth (2006-07), Birmingham City (2007), Sunderland (2007-08)
Andrew Cole was born on October 15, 1971. He began his career with Arsenal but played just one game before moving to Bristol City.
His goalscoring exploits for the Robins caught the attention of Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, who signed the striker in 1993.
Cole partnered Peter Beardsley and helped the team win the First Division before continuing to score in the Premier League for the next two seasons.
He was sold controversially to Man Utd in 1995, where he went on to achieve huge success.
Cole was the top scorer in Europe for United in the treble-winning season of 1998/99 – a campaign 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 winners medals in the Premier League (5), Champions League (1) and FA Cup (2).
He subsequently played for Blackburn, Fulham, Man City, Portsmouth, Birmingham City and Sunderland, without recapturing his best goalscoring form.
Cole finished his career with a loan move to Burnley and a brief spell at Nottingham Forest before retiring in 2008.
He was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1994 and played 15 games for England, scoring just one goal.