It’s the greatest league and with it comes some of the greatest players. The Premier League has been thrilling fans for over 20 years and has an audience of over 4.7 billion. That’s 4.7 billion people watching Rooney’s magical overhead kick, and Henry’s stunning finish against Manchester United. Tony Yeboah’s thunderous strike blowing Liverpool away. But with great strikes comes great strikers.
With some of the world’s top strikers such as Diego Costa and Falcao gracing the league right now, we take a look at the top strikers of all time to walk out at Anfield, go to Stoke on a cold Tuesday night, and light up the greatest league in the world.
Eric Cantona was one man who certainly left his mark on the Premier League, not to mention a Palace fans chest. The Frenchman oozed confidence and quickly became one of Manchester United’s most iconic players and perhaps they wouldn’t have been the force they are today without him.
He scored 64 league goals for United, but it was his leadership that inspired his side to four league titles and two FA Cups, as well as his influence over the Class of 92 that makes him a true Premier League great.
Another man who influenced the men around him was Thierry Henry. He made his teammates feel invincible, and they became exactly that.
He broke all records at Arsenal scoring 228 goals for the club and won the Premier League Golden Boot four times, more than any other player. He had pace, skill, and more than a little bit of magic. He’s undoubtedly the best striker to ever grace the league, so much so he even has his own statue outside the Emirates.
From one man who has a record number of Golden Boot trophies to one who surprisingly has none. Sergio Aguero has been the standout striker in the Premier League for four seasons now and has consistently fired home for Manchester City.
He was instrumental in the Blues winning the title last season and, with 19 goals already this season, if he stays fit, Kun and City could defy the odds at Bet Victor who have them at 2nd favourites to retain the Premier League title.
Gianfranco Zola never got to win a title with current favourites Chelsea, but had he been around in the Abramovich era then he would have fit right into the world-class side they have today.
The little Italian was a wizard with the ball and at £4.5million was one of the steal of the centuries when he joined in 1996. He’s often been voted Chelsea’s best ever player despite the likes of Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, and Didier Drogba all gracing the side. His goal against Norwich in the FA Cup says all you need to know about the legendary number 25.
He may not be the prettiest thing on our TV screens nowadays with his crotch hugging trousers and boring analysis, but on screen the Geordie was as exciting in front of goal as it got.He’s the league’s record goalscorer by a distance banging in 260 goals and inspired Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title in 1995 hitting a record 34 goals. A £15million move to Newcastle followed where he gained cult status and cemented himself as one of the best of all time.
Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene in in 2002 as a 16-year-old scoring a stunner against Arsenal. He made the move to Manchester United two years later and a decade on has become the club’s third highest goalscorer of all time as well as England’s too.
He’s picked up a Premier League winner’s medal five times as well as a Champions League title. His overhead kick against Manchester City was voted the best goal in Premier League history and he has three Goal of the Season’s too his name. And at just 29, he’s not done yet.
Dennis Bergkamp played for Arsenal for 11 years and in each and every one of them just oozed class. The Dutchman made 315 league appearances for the Gunners winning the league on three occasions and was described by his teammate Thierry Henry as a “dream for a striker”.
Nicknamed the Non-Flying Dutchman, for his fear of flying, his finest moment came against Newcastle in 2002 in the FA Cup, and summed up not only him but Arsenal of that era, clipped it round Dabizas with such grace it could appear on Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night, before slotting the ball past Shay Given.