Premier League,the world’s most watched football league attracts talent from around the world.Managers and footballers from all over the world dream of being a part of this league.Many great goalscorers have graced this league and in this article we will have a look at some of the best foreign goalscorers in the Premier League history.
Regarding players from outside of UK as foreign,here are the top 10 best foreign goalscorers in the Premier League history –
10.Ruud van Nistelrooy [95 Goals] [Netherlands]
The Dutchman had a five-year spell at Man United between 2001 and 2006.He scored 150 goals in just 219 games,of which 95 came in the Premier League.
His time at United was successful, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield, along with winning the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year twice.
9.Emmanuel Adebayor [97 Goals] [Togo]
Adebayor’s time in the Premier League started in 2006 when Arsenal signed him from Monaco for £3 million.He scored 46 league goals for Arsenal in 104 apps before leaving the club for Manchester City in 2009.
He scored a goal on his debut for City against Blackburn with a shot from 18 yards in the third minute.However, he failed to live up to the expectations of the team and was sold to Spurs in 2012 after a successful loan spell at the club.
His last team in the Premier League was Crystal Palace ,whom he joined in 2016 after being released by Spurs in 2015.
He scored 15, 18 and 1 league goals for Man City,Tottenham and Crystal Palace respectively.
8.Didier Drogba [104 Goals] [Ivory Coast]
Didier Drogba is regarded as one of the greatest Chelsea players ever.He scored 104 goals in 254 league games with the club.He was also voted Chelsea’s Player Of The Year in 2010 and Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in 2007.
Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004 for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title.
Overall he won 4 Premier League titles,4 FA Cups,3 League Cups and UEFA Champions League with Chelsea. Because of his habit of scoring in the finals,Drogba has been referred to as the “ultimate big game player.”
7.Dwight Yorke [123 Goals] [Trinidad & Tobago]
Yorke played for Aston Villa,Manchester United,Blackburn,Birmingham City and Sunderland in the Premier League.However his most successful time was with United [1998-2002] where he scored 52 goals in 96 apps,winning 3 Premier League titles,FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
In his first season with Manchester United,Yorke was a key player in guiding his club to a unique treble of the Premier League title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, and forming a legendary partnership with Andy Cole.Yorke finished the season as the top league goalscorer with 18 goals and contributed goals against Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Internazionale,and Juventus in the Champions League, and he won the Premier League Player of the Season. Yorke was also a regular member of United’s 1999–2000 title winning team, contributing 22 goals in all competitions