Alan Shearer is now behind Cristiano Ronaldo but in front of Lionel Messi in the all-time leading European goalscorers list.

Below are the top ten goalscorers in the entire history of the game, the qualifying league being the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Due to him staying with Newcastle and not going elsewhere to win the trophies that he should have, it makes it easier for those who try to diminish him as a player.

However, if anything, the fact he scored so many goals despite playing for a club that wasn’t competing for many of the years he was at United, makes his record all the greater.

Alan Shearer wasn’t just a great English striker, or a great modern day forward, his record tells you he was an all-time World great.

The fact that only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are keeping him company in this modern era tells you everything.

Would have been a canny front three that one…

366 Jimmy Greaves 1957-1971 (357 England 9 Italy)

365 Gerd Muller 1965-1979 (Germany)

317 Steve Bloomer 1892-1914 (England)

310 Dixie Dean 1924-1938 (England)

289 Delio Onnis 1971-1986 (France)

289 Cristiano Ronaldo 2003-Present day (205 Spain 84 England)

287 Gordon Hodgson 1926-1939 (England)

283 Alan Shearer 1988-2006

274 Silvio Piola 1930-1954 (Italy)

268 Lionel Messi 2004-Present day (Spain)

268 Klaus Fischer 1968-1988 (Germany)