Champions League Final 2013

The Premier League has been among the most talked about and enjoyed football leagues around the world. Since its inception, it has got a lot of football fanatics glued to their screens. The Premier League has a huge viewership, along with a large fanbase. It is broadcast in 200+ countries and watched by almost 5 billion people.

The league spreads across 20 of the top clubs in England. The competition works on the system of promotion and relegation, which makes it furthermore interesting. Each team plays 38 matches, 19 being at home. Although 49 teams have participated since the tournament started in 1992, only 6 have managed to win. The most successful club has been Manchester United with 13 titles, followed by Chelsea at 5 and Arsenal and Manchester City at 3.

Over the years, several top-notch strikers have also graced the Premier League and have enthralled one and all with their goal-scoring exploits.

1Alan ShearerEnglandNewcastle, Blackburn Rovers260
2Wayne RooneyEnglandEverton, Manchester United208
3Andrew ColeEnglandSunderland, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Manchester United187
4Frank LampardEnglandManchester City, Chelsea177
5Thierry HenryFranceArsenal175
6Robbie FlowerEnglandLiverpool, Leeds United, Manchester City163
7Jermain DefoeEnglandWest Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Sunderland162
8Sergio AgueroArgentinaManchester City161
9Michael OwenEnglandLiverpool, Newcastle United, Manchester United150
10Les FerdinandEnglandQueens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers149

Alan Shearer

He has the most number of goals in the history of the Premier League. He played for Newcastle United for the majority of his career. The English forward, in a glittering career, played as many as 441 games, a feat which is almost impossible for many in today's generation. He scored 260 goals in a career spanning 14 years. Shearer also holds the joint record of scoring 11 Premier League hat-tricks. He was honoured with the Golden Boot in three consecutive seasons- 1994/95, 1995/96 and 1996/97. The 1994/95 season with Blackburn Rovers was probably the best one for Shearer, as he became the Player of the Season along with the Rovers becoming champions. He also had a fair amount of success in his short international career, scoring 30 goals in 63 appearances. He retired from professional football in 2006 and later went into coaching.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is arguably the most famous footballer in England. He is the England National team and Manchester United’s record goal-scorer. Additionally, he is the youngest player and goal scorer for England. Besides having a fantastic international career, his Premier League career was brilliant. He is the second highest goal scorer while he also boasts of the third highest number of assists. His tally of 208 goals came in 491 appearances. Through his United career, made the net bulge 253 times across 550 games. He returned to his boyhood club, Everton in 2017 but soon left it in 2018 to join DC United.

Andrew Cole

Andy, as he is fondly known, was a striker who played for 16 years at the top level. He is mostly remembered for his outstanding Premier League career. He is the third highest goal scorer in the tournament's history, with 187 goals in 414 matches. Apart from that, he won the Premier League title 5 times. He was instrumental in Manchester United's treble winning feat in 1998/99, and was a great performer for them.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard is an English midfielder who played for Chelsea in the Premier League. The Englishman is considered by many as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. Besides having 177 goals and 103 assists, he also has the third highest number of Premier League appearances with 609. He played for 14 years for Chelsea and won numerous trophies at Stamford Bridge. He is also Chelsea’s leading goal scorer with 211 goals across all competitions. He is currently managing Championship club, Derby County.

Thierry Henry

The French international is arguably one of the best strikers of all time. He won several plaudits across the world with the 1998 World Cup triumph and the UEFA Euro Cup 2000 victory his crowning jewels. However, it was his career at Arsenal, under long time mentor Arsene Wenger, that helped him become an established forward. His eight years at Arsenal fetched him 175 goals. He left the Gunners in 2007 and joined Barcelona. He was part of the club's historic treble winning feat in 2009. He joined the Gunners for a brief stint in the 2011/12 season.

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