When it comes to Premier League goals, Wayne Rooney is the closest challenger to Alan Shearer.

However, still 63 behind (260 v 197), there is zero chance of the Manchester United player ever catching the Newcastle legend.

It is easy to take for granted/not fully appreciate Shearer’s achievements but to put it into perspective, the only other still playing in the PL player in the goalscoring top 10 is Jermain Defoe – and he is over 100 goals behind and turns 35 in October.

As well as being second in terms of goals to Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney has also gone clear second to the former NUFC number nine when it comes to another Premier League record

Alan Shearer scored in 190 Premier League matches and Wayne Rooney’s penalty against Swansea on Sunday has seen him go clear second ahead of Andy Cole and Frank Lampard.

The Man U player having now scored in 150 PL games.

Most Premier League games scored in:

190 Alan Shearer

150 Wayne Rooney

149 Andy Cole and Frank Lampard

133 Jermain Defoe

124 Thierry Henry

121 Teddy Sheringham

120 Les Ferdinand

117 Robbie Fowler

114 Robin van Persie

Premier League Record Goalscorer

260 Alan Shearer

197 Wayne Rooney

187 Andy Cole

177 Frank Lampard

175 Thierry Henry

163 Robbie Fowler

157 Jermain Defoe

150 Michael Owen

149 Les Ferdinand

146 Teddy Sheringham

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  • Tony Mann

    Unfortunately I can Shearer’s record being broken by Harry Kane. Although not in the top ten (yet), he’s not far off and only about 23 or 24.

    • Rowla

      Harry Kane only has 70 PL goals so far, not even half as many as Sheringham in 10th with 146! You’re right about his age though.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      Lukaku is well ahead of Kane (84-70) and is the same age. I could see that guy making a run at 260 if he sticks around the Prem.

  • Mrkgw

    Complete legend is Shearer and he deserves his place at the top of the tree. I hope that it stays that way.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he was a goal machine

      • Mrkgw

        Strange though it sounds, I bet he could still score a few at professional level. He had the instinct to score and will never lose that. Plus, he still looks fit enough to play. Of course, we will never know. And before anyone quotes the likes of Malcolm Mac etc, Shearer still has his own knee joints etc!

  • Alex

    Had forgotten how prolific Coley was.

    • bobbi fleckman

      Cole didn’t take penalties, that’s guaranteed 30 a season at Manure.

  • Rowla

    Three observations:
    1. 177 from midfield by Lampard is incredible
    2. I was surprised how far behind Shearer Cole was – thought he’d be way closer.
    3. Imagine how many Shearer would’ve had if not for two career-threatening injuries and playing in a very average Newcastle side much of the time.

  • Leazes Ender

    Does anyone know how many Shearer scored against Newcastle…. or were we in a lower division when he was knocking them in for Southampton and Blackburn?

  • Rich Lawson

    Shearer is a proper footballer who rejected glory with higher profile teams to go to his boyhood club and still managed to smash goals in without red top stories about his personal life. Rooney is unpleasant and will surely go to the big bucks in China or USA rather than put something back for Everton (if indeed they do still want him ?)