Over the years, Premier League have had some really great strikers. Some of these strikers were more efficient than others and scored goals with greater ease. In this article, let us have a look at the players with the best goals-per-minute ratio in Premier League history.
Here are the top 10 players with the best goals-per-minute ratio in Premier League history, with a minimum of 25 goals scored. [Stats till 27th Jan 2023]
10. Diego Costa [52 Goals] [145.19 mins/goal]
Costa joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 and scored 20 league goals in his first season in England, winning the Premier League and League Cup. However, he could only score 12 goals in the following season in the league as Chelsea finished at a disappointing 10th position in the league.
Diego Costa regained his form in the 2016-17 season and scored 20 league goals to guide Chelsea to a 2nd Premier League title in three years. However, at the start of the 2017-18 season, Costa was told that he was no longer a part of the plan at Chelsea. He left Chelsea for Atletico Madrid in January 2018.
9. Edin Dzeko [50 Goals] [141.6 mins/goal]
Edin Dzeko joined Manchester City in 2011 and spent four seasons with the club scoring 50 goals. He won two league titles and a FA Cup during his time with the club. He is most notably remembered for his equalising goal against QPR on the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League season. The goal was followed by Sergio Aguero’s goal, which won it for City with seconds to go, ensuring the team won a league title for the first time in 44 years.
8. Robin Van Persie [144 Goals] [139.7 mins/goal]
In his time in England at Arsenal and United, Van Persie scored 144 goals in just 288 games domestically. Van Persie joined Arsenal in 2004 for £2.75 million as a long-term replacement for compatriot Dennis Bergkamp. With victories in only the 2004 FA Community Shield and the 2004–05 FA Cup to his name, and despite being named club captain for the 2011–12 season, he joined rivals Manchester United in July 2012.
In his first season, he won the 2012–13 Premier League and finished as the league’s top scorer with 26 goals, winning his second consecutive Premier League Golden Boot award. After two injury-hit seasons followed, van Persie fell out of favour at Manchester United and he was allowed to leave for Fenerbahçe in July 2015.
7. Luis Suarez [69 Goals] [138.8 mins/goal]
Suarez’s time in Premier League was nothing less than spectacular as per individual performances are concerned. Having joined the club in 2011, Suarez took the club from a position of European place hopefuls to genuine title contenders.
During the 2013-14 season, his performance led Liverpool to a second-place finish in the Premier League, narrowly missing out on the league. He was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year and won the Premier League Golden Boot and shared the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo.
6. Mo. Salah [127 Goals] [134.9 mins/goal]
Salah has been a revolution at Liverpool. Since his arrival, Liverpool have reached the UCL final twice, winning one of them. They also won their first-ever Premier League title. He also won the PFA player of the year award in his first season with the reds.
Salah is predominantly known for his speed, movement, clinical finishing, agility, dribbling skills, first touch, and ball control. He also can use both his pace and flair on the ball to beat opponents and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates.
5. Rudd Van Nistelrooy [95 Goals] [128.8 mins/goal]
Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored 95 goals in 150 apps during his 5-year spell at Man Utd. The club signed him in 2001 from PSV for €19 million. He won the Premier League in the 2002-03 season and was also adjudged the Premier League player of the season for that particular season.
4. Harry Kane [199 Goals] [127.7 mins/goal]
Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer, Harry Kane has been a force to reckon with since establishing himself in the Premier League during the 2014-15 season. He scored 21 goals that season and was labelled a ‘one-season wonder by many rivals fans. However, he proved his doubters wrong and has already established himself as a Premier League legend.
Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot on three occasions, while also winning Premier League playmaker of the season once. All that is missing is a trophy with Tottenham and he is likely to commit his future to that cause.
3. Thierry Henry [175 Goals] [121.8 mins/goal]
Thierry Henry was a joy to watch during his time at Arsenal in the Premier League and he scored some outrageous goals during his spell in North London. The Frenchman won 2 Leagues and 3 FA cups during his tenure at the club, including an invincible season in 2003-04.
He was runner-up for the ‘FIFA World Player of the Year’ twice, he won the PFA player’s player of the year twice FWA footballer of the year three times. There is a statue of the forward outside the new Emirates stadium. It’s not very hard to understand why.
2. Sergio Aguero [184 Goals] [107.9 mins/goal]
Sergio Aguero is all time Manchester City’s top scorer with 260 goals in all competitions and 184 goals in the Premier League. The most dramatic moment in Premier League history came in the final minutes of the last game of the 2012 season when Aguero’s remarkable injury-time winner against Queens Park Rangers clinched City’s first Premier League title.
Aguero also had the knack of scoring against big teams, with him finding the net against Chelsea 10 times, Tottenham 11 times, Arsenal and Man Utd 8 times each and 7 times against Liverpool in the Premier League. He also holds the joint record for the most goals scored in a single Premier League match – five – and the fastest to do so, in 23 minutes and 34 seconds of match time.
In his last Premier League game for the club, he came on as a sub and scored two goals. While doing so, he became the highest-ever PL goalscorer for a single club overtaking Wayne Rooney’s tally of 183 goals for Man United. A modern-day Premier League legend.
1. Erling Haaland [25 goals] [62mins/goal]
Joining Manchester City at the start of the 2022-23 Premier League season, Haaland has taken the league by storm. He already has 25 Premier League goals to his name by the end of matchday 20. He has also bagged 4 Premier League hat-tricks so far, one of which came against the derby rivals Manchester United.
It will the interesting to see how he performs towards the climax of the season, with City still keeping three trophies in their sight and crunch games coming up.