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Wayne Rooney Moves Third Behind Alan Shearer

7 years ago

Scoring goals in the Premier League isn’t easy, even if like Wayne Rooney you play for one of the dominant clubs.

However, it does help that for almost Rooney’s entire career, Manchester United have been the club everybody else has been chasing.

Thanks to both that and his own ability of course, the England Captain has now moved to clear third in the all time Premier League scorers list.

The goal Wayne Rooney scored before his sending off against West Ham on Saturday, was the 176th in the Premier League, meaning he pushes Arsenal legend Thierry Henry into fourth with his 175.

Frank Lampard is buzzing since he moved over to Manchester City and he is now fifth in the all time scorer list with 173 Premier League strikes.

Second is former Newcastle number nine Andy Cole with 187, predominantly for Newcastle United and Man U.

Still top of the list though is Alan Shearer with a formidable 260 goals in his record breaking Premier League careers.

It is hard to compare strikers as you could claim that Shearer was more of an out and out striker, while others would argue that Rooney has had a big advantage playing for a title chasing club pretty much every season until recently…

I wouldn’t mind guessing that Rooney has probably had more chances per match come his way over the course of his career but at the end of the day, with strikers it surely can only come down to sheer weight of goals as to who is the best.

Rooney turns 29 in October so with him still 84 goals behind Alan Shearer I know who my money will be on holding the record when the Man U striker eventually packs in.

Shearer averages 0.589 goals per Premier League match, while Rooney is some way behind on 0.463.

Two great strikers but there is really only one Alan Shearer.

All time Premier League scorers

260 Alan Shearer

187 Andy Cole

176 Wayne Rooney

175 Thierry Henry

173 Frank Lampard


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