Premier League: Top 3 goalscorers of all time
The English Premier League is one of the most popular and highly anticipated leagues in the whole world. However, it is only 26 years old since its inception in 1992 when the clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from the Football League and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.
The decision was quite fruitful as Premier League is one of the most watched sports league in the world, and generated €2.2 billion per year from international and domestic television rights last season
The Premier League consists of 20 teams with each team playing a total of 38 games and operate on the system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL). Since its inception, it has seen 49 teams competing, with Manchester United winning the title a record of 13 times.
Thus in its 26 years of running, players from various backgrounds have notched goals although only a few have managed to do so consistently enough to earn a place as the top three goalscorers of all time in the Premier League
So without much ado let look at the top three goalscorers of all time in the Premier League.
#3 Andrew Cole - 187 Goals
Andrew Cole's first two seasons in the Premier League was with Newcastle United, where he netted 43 goals from 58 matches. His performance in his debut season where he scored 34 goals from 40 games earned him the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the 1993-1994 season in the Premier League.
Cole after a successful spell with the Magpies joined Manchester United in 1995 at a transfer fee of £8.64 million. It is here where he establishes himself as a serious goal threat after netting 93 goals in his 195 appearances for the Red Devils spanning nine seasons. However, Cole left the Red Devils in 2002 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he stayed for three seasons and scored 27 goals.
Despite being a top class striker, Cole left Blackburn Rovers in 2002 and had a stint with various clubs such as Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, and other lower league clubs before he retired in November 2008.