The Premier League is home to many spectacular records. However, the record of scoring most goals after turning 30 showcases that there is no such thing as the right time to start one's journey. Starting early is crucial if a player wishes to get the best out of their career, however, there are many who have debunked this.
Every player has their respective responsibilities, but one that is common for all is scoring goals. The more the merrier. In order to score plenty, one must have plenty of years or must have an extraordinary scoring history. While the latter is a tough task in the Premier League, the prior is often found.
On that note, we will be discussing the late-bloomers who began scoring a little later than the majority of other players. Here's the list of the top five players who have scored the most goals after reaching the 30-year mark:
#5 Teddy Sheringham - 77
Teddy Sheringham is one of the players with the most extended career in the Premier League. The 12th highest goalscorer in the league also holds the record of the oldest ever outfield player at 40 years, 272 days. He is also the oldest ever goalscorer at 40 years, 268 days in the Premier League.
The inaugural Premier League season's Golden Boot winner had a flair for scoring goals everywhere he played. After incredible spells across prominent clubs, his move to Manchester United in 1997 saw him start scoring half of his total Premier League goal tally. He scored 46 goals for the Red Devils in 153 appearances.
Joining the Red Devils after crossing the 30-year mark, Sheringham continued his form for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and West Ham United. For them, he scored 77 goals in a span of 10 years. However, his career ended on a low after having played his last match for the Championship side, Colchester United.
#4 Frank Lampard - 82
The best goalscoring midfielder (303) in the Premier League is also the fifth highest scorer in the league's history. He made his professional debut at West Ham United. But his illustrious career at Chelsea is what got the best out of him. He was an elemental piece for the majority of the club's history.
With 211 goals as a Blue, he also became the club's top goalscorer. His contributions played a major role in Chelsea winning their first Premier League title in the 2004-05 season. He also won the Blues' first Champions League title in the 2011-12 season. He was inducted into the Premier League's Hall of Fame in 2021.
Lampard's spell after turning 30, lasted at three clubs. Although he made the controversial move to their rivals Manchester City in 2014, it was at New York City FC that he hung his boots. That seven-year span before he moved to the MLS side saw the English midfielder produce 82 goals.
#3 Alan Shearer - 84
With a career spanning almost two decades, Alan Shearer is one of the most decorated names in the Premier League. There should be no doubt as to why he is one of the best in the game. However, in case one needs a recap, here are a few reasons.
Alan Shearer holds the title for the fastest player in Premier League history to reach the 100 goals milestone (124 matches). He remains the only player in the competition's history to score 30+ goals in three consecutive seasons. He was the first player to win three consecutive Premier League Golden Boots. Most notably, he is the highest-scoring player in Premier League history with 260 goals.
These are only a few of the many accolades he has received. Shearer's ability to score goals has been phenomenal because of which his goalscoring rate was constant even after getting older.
His injuries arguably robbed him of a more sumptuous record. But Shearer added 84 goals in the final six years of his career at Newcastle United, before retiring at the age of 36.
#2 Ian Wright - 93
Ian Wright holds the joint record for the most goals (93) scored in the Premier League since turning 30. The English-born striker started his career comparatively late. Wright used to play for a Sunday League club before Crystal Palace scouted him at the age of 22.
A slow start to his professional career started catching pace when the Eagles got promoted to the first division in 1989. Two years later, he joined Arsenal for a then record fee of £2.5 million. Wright became their most-significant player as he was their top-scorer for six straight seasons. His contributions played a huge role in Arsenal's success during the 1990s.
Ian Wright left the club as their all-time top scorer, which was later eclipsed only by Thierry Henry. He retired in 2000 scoring 387 career goals. Marking Crystal Palace's 100th year, Ian Wright was included in the club's Centenary XI and was also named their player of the century in 2005.
#1 Jamie Vardy - 93
Jamie Vardy requires only one goal to become the player with the most goals scored since crossing the 30-year mark. He equalled Ian Wright's record of 93 goals on November 28, 2021 with a brace against Watford.
Vardy is a prime example of hard work and dedication. He used to play for the lowest non-league clubs and his gradual rise to the top has been an inspiration to many. Before joining Leicester City, Vardy played for fifth division side Fleetwood Town. He joined the Foxes at the age of 25 and made his Premier League debut at 27.
Vardy has been an integral part of Leicester City's success. From earning their promotion to the top division in 2014 to winning the fairytale Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.
A late-bloomer, Vardy has amassed 127 goals in eight Premier League seasons. He ranks 14th on the all-time goalscoring list in the competition. In the 2019-20 season, he won his first Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 23 goals.