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Alan Shearer: The Premier League’s Greatest Striker?


The Premier League’s most prolific goalscorer, Alan Shearer, turns 50 today. To mark the occasion, Stats Perform looks back on his record-breaking career.

By: Stats Perform

Happy Birthday to Alan Shearer.

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.

As he turns 50, 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 (94/95, 95/96 and 96/97) 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 Peform’s Premier League seasons.

Shearer also scored his first 100 Premier League goals in just 124 appearances – the quickest player to this landmark in the history of the competition.

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 (143) to beat his fellow Englishman’s record. But even then, 260 is a long way off…


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