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 the Premier League history.
Here are the top 10 players with the best goals per minute ratio in the Premier League history, with a minimum of 50 goals scored. [Stats till 24th May 2021]
10. Alan Shearer [260 Goals] [146.9 mins/goal]
Premier League’s record goalscorer Alan Shearer is one of the first to be inducted into PL’s Hall of Fame. Shearer played a staggering 38,195 minutes of Premier League football for Blackburn and Newcastle.
He was named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year in 1994 and won the PFA Player of the Year award in 1995. In 1996, he was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2004, Shearer was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. He is one of the ten players with the best goals per minute ratio in the Premier League history.
9. 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’s no longer a part of the plan at Chelsea. He left Chelsea for Atletico Madrid in January 2018.
8. 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, won it for City with seconds to go, ensuring the team won a league title for the first time in 44 years.
7. 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.