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 best goals per minute ratio in the Premier League history.
Here are the top 10 players with best goals per minute ratio in the Premier League history, with minimum of 50 goals scored. [Stats till 31st March, 2020]
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10. Alan Shearer [260 Goals] [146.9 mins/goal]
Premier League’s record goal scorer Alan Shearer finally makes an entry into this list with Daniel Sturridge going behind. Shearer played an 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 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.
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 title 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.
6. Luis Suarez [69 Goals] [138.8 mins/goal]
In January 2011, Suárez joined Liverpool, and won the Football League Cup in his first full season at the club.
In 2014, he was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot, and sharing the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo.
His performance in the 2013-14 season led Liverpool to a second place finish in the Premier League,narrowly missing out on the league.
In 2014, he moved to Barcelona in a transfer worth €82.3 million, making him one of the most expensive players in football history.
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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.He was signed in 2001 from PSV for €19 million. He won the Premier League in 2002-03 season and was also adjudged the Premier League player of the season for that particular season.
Coming in at number five in the list, he will go down in history as one of the most potent goalscorers with 95 strikes for United.
4. Mo. Salah [56 Goals] [124.46 mins/goal]
Salah has been a revolution at Liverpool. Since his arrival, Liverpool have reached the UCL final twice, winning one of them. 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 has the ability to use both his pace and flair on the ball in order to beat opponents, and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates.
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 cup 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 and it’s easy to see why on this evidence.
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2. Harry Kane [125 Goals] [120.7 mins/goal]
World Cup Golden Boot winner of 2018, Harry Kane is among the best strikers in the world. He has been Tottenham’s best player for the past couple of seasons.
Kane was included in Premier League PFA Team of the Year for 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017-18. He is Tottenham’s third-highest all-time goalscorer.
He has drawn attention of many big clubs. Spurs will be keen to hold on to their star striker. The Englishman is second in our list of players with best goals per minute ratio in the Premier League history.
1. Sergio Aguero [164 Goals] [107 mins/goal]
Aguero has the most goals for Manchester City in the Premier League history. The Argentine reached the 100-goal mark in just 129 starts, and 147 appearances in total, averaging more goals per minute than any of his 24 fellow century-makers across their careers.
Arguably 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 shows no signs of slowing down just yet as he scored 16 goals in 22 apps this season. 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.