For time immemorial, the 'Big 6' have dominated the Top 4 place finishes in the Premier League. The Big 6 consist of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester City.
Millions of football fans around the world eagerly await for a match to be played between any of these six teams. All 6 clubs also have an illustrious history. Some of the biggest names in global football have donned the jerseys of these clubs.
In this unique article, let us revisit history to see which players have been the all-time goalscorers of the 'Big 6.' We will take 3 goalscorers from each club.
Note: Goals scored across all competitions (and not just in the Premier League) have been used to arrive at the list.
# Manchester United
Former Scottish footballer Denis Law comes in at 3rd position in the list of United's all-time top goalscorers. The Centre forward played for The Red Devils from 1962–1973 and scored a commendable 237 goals in 404 appearances for them. The 78-year-old also won the coveted Ballon d'Or award in 1964. Law's goal ratio of 0.59 is the best among the top 3 in this list.
He is a part of the famous "United Trinity" which consists of George Best and Bobby Charlton apart from him. The legendary player also represented Manchester City, Huddersfield Town, and Torino.
Bobby Charlton is the second greatest all-time goal scorer for the Red Devils. Apart from being the prolific goal-scorer he was, Charlton is also second in the all-time appearances list for United, just behind Ryan Giggs.
Wayne Rooney is the highest goal-scorer for Manchester United, ever. The now 33-year-old had a glorious career. The Forward played 559 games for The Red Devils and amassed 253 goals -- making him the clubs all-time highest goalscorer. He won 5 Premier League trophies with the club apart from 10 other major trophies. The English footballer is currently playing for D.C. United, a Major League Soccer club.
Retired English forward Kerry Michael Dixon is Chelsea's 3rd highest goalscorer of all time. The 57-year-old had the ability to use both his feet effectively. The lanky striker scored an overall 193 goals. Kerry made a total of 420 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions during his stay. This makes him 9th on the list of The Blues' All-time highest appearances. Luton Town, Southampton, Millwall, and Watford are some of the other teams Kerry represented post his departure from Chelsea in 1992.
Robert Victor Tambling comes in at 2nd place. Storrington-born Bobby was a lethal striker back in the day. He amassed 202 goals in 370 appearances for Chelsea. The 77-year-old still remains the all-time highest scorer for The Blues in the league with 164 goals. Crystal Palace, Cork Celtic, and Waterford are some of the other clubs Robert represented in his career.
Currently the manager of Derby County, Frank Lampard is Chelsea's all-time highest goalscorer. The Central Midfielder was with West Ham United from 1995–2001. He moved to Chelsea in 2001 and ended up scoring a cumulative 211 goals in 648 appearances across all competitions. The legendary player was an integral part of The Blues for 13 seasons.
Post-Chelsea, Lampard spent a solitary season with Manchester City and subsequently two seasons with Major League Soccer side New York City FC. The 40-year-old won 3 Premier League titles with Chelsea and 10 other major trophies. The Romford-born player is also 4th on the list of All-time appearances for Chelsea.
Clifford Sydney Bastin holds the record for being 3rd on the list of Arsenal's all-time top goalscorers. The Exeter-born player was with The Gunners from 1929–1947. The Forward scored 178 goals in 396 appearances for Arsenal.
Ian Wright joined Arsenal in 1991 after spending six years with Crystal Palace. The 55-year-old striker scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for The Gunners during the 7 seasons he was with them. West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, Celtic, and Burnley are the other clubs Ian represented before retiring in the year 2000. He is currently an extremely popular studio pundit.
Thierry Henry is an Arsenal legend. The Frenchman is the clubs all-time highest goalscorer with 228 goals in 376 appearances. The veteran player spent 8 seasons (1999-2007) with The Gunners and also made 7 appearances for them on loan from New York Red Bulls during the 2011-12 season. Barcelona, Monaco, and Juventus are the other prominent clubs Henry represented in his career. The 41-year-old is currently the Manager of Ligue 1 club Monaco.
Johannesburg-born Gordon Hodgson is 3rd on the list of Liverpool's all-time top goalscorers. He was with The Reds from 1925–1936. The lanky forward scored 241 goals in 377 appearances for Liverpool. Gordon also represented Aston Villa and Leeds United and had an illustrious career.
Former English footballer Roger Hunt scored 286 goals in 492 appearances for Liverpool and comes in at 2nd position in the clubs Top goalscorers list. The striker won 7 major trophies with the club including two Football League First Division trophies.
Ian James Rush had two different stints with The Reds. The first one was from 1980 to 1987 and the 2nd from 1988 to 1996. Cumulatively, the Welshman scored 346 goals in 660 appearances in total 15 seasons with the club. The makes him their all-time Top Goalscorer. The 57-year-old is also 6th on the list of most appearances made for the club. Newcastle United, Leeds United, and Juventus are some of the other prominent clubs he represented in his career.
# Manchester City
Tommy Johnson was renowned for his left-footed shots. The English footballer represented Manchester City from 1919–1930 and scored 166 goals for them. He is 3rd on the list of All-time top goalscorers of The Sky Blues. It took the striker 354 appearances across all competitions to get to the mark of 166 goals. Tommy also represented Everton (1930–1934) and Liverpool (1934–1936) after his departure from City.
The muscularly built Eric Fred Brook is regarded as one of the finest strikers of all times. Besides lethal shots, the forward was also a good penalty taker. The versatile player could play in any position and even kept for his team on a few occasions. Brook scored a total of 179 goals in a total of 499 appearances for City. Eric won the Football League First Division title in the 1936-37 season and the FA Cup in the 1933-34 season. He is 2nd on the list of all-time goalscorers of City.
Sergio Leonel "Kun" Aguero has been with Manchester City since 2011. The Argentine footballer is the clubs highest goalscorer of all time. The 30-year-old has scored 213 goals in 314 appearances for City and is still going strong. The lethal striker is also an integral part of Argentina's national team and has scored 39 goals in 89 appearances for them. The Buenos Aires-born player has won 3 Premier League titles and 5 other major trophies with City.
# Tottenham Hotspur
Martin Chivers is considered one of Tottenham's best players of all time. The 73-year-old represented Spurs from 1968–1976 and ended up scoring 174 goals in 367 appearances for The Lilywhites. Chivers is Spurs all-time 3rd highest goalscorer. The prolific striker also represented clubs such as Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion in his career.
Bobby Smith scored 208 goals in 317 appearances for Tottenham. The Lingdale-born player was an integral part of the club. He was there with the Spurs from 1955–1964 and also published a book 'Memories of Spurs' in the year 2002. Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea are the other clubs he represented in his career. Bobby also scored 13 goals in 15 appearances for England.
Jimmy Greaves is Tottenham's highest goalscorer of all time. The prolific goalscorer amassed 266 goals in 379 appearances for the Spurs. The striker won 2 FA Cups and 3 other major trophies with Tottenham. Chelsea, A.C. Milan, and West Ham United are the other prominent clubs Jimmy represented in his career apart from Spurs. The Manor Park-player has also been included in the English Football Hall of Fame.
Harry Kane, who has scored 160 goals in 243 appearances for Spurs, is close to breaking the records held by the aforementioned legends.