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Alan Shearer: The Premier League’s Greatest Striker


The Premier League’s most prolific goalscorer, Alan Shearer, scored his 100th goal in the competition on this day in 1995. To mark the occasion, we look back on his record-breaking career.

By: Stats Perform

It 25 years ago today that Alan Shearer scored his 100th Premier League goal. The English striker netted a 41st minute goal in Blackburn Rovers’ 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Ewood Park in his final game of 1995, to ensure that he finished the calendar year with a competition-high 36 goals.

 

 

The Tyneside-hero certainly had many happy returns as a player: a striker for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and England, a captain, a Premier League winner, a once-world-record signing and still-record goalscorer.

Shearer remains the Premier League’s most productive goalscorer with 260 strikes. With 64 assists for teammates, Shearer also leads the all-time Premier League ranking for total goal involvements (324). He has won the Golden Boot three times (1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97) and only Thierry Henry has won the award more times in the Premier League era (4). For a more in-depth look at Shearer’s performances in the early Premier League era, read part one of Stats Perform’s Premier League seasons.

In this data video, containing all the facts and figures from Shearer’s illustrious career, we can see the records he still holds:

 

 

It isn’t just domestically that Shearer holds records. He has scored more goals at European Championship Finals tournaments than any other England player (7). Five of these came at Euro ’96, which saw him become the first & only England player to win the top scorer award at a European Championship.

In addition to his 260 Premier League goals, Shearer also netted 23 times in the old First Division for Southampton. Only four players (Jimmy Greaves, Steve Bloomer, Dixie Dean & Gordon Hodgson) have scored more English top-flight goals.

Sergio Aguero is the closest active Premier League player to Shearer’s record (180 goals), but with injuries becoming an all too frequent menace for the Argentine, it may be down to Harry Kane (152) to beat his fellow Englishman’s record. But even then, 260 is a long way off…

 


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