Let’s all take a moment to appreciate some of the Premier Leagues finest attacking talent.
Scintillating footwork, creativity, physical dominance and bags of goal-scoring (obviously), the best strikers have an array of talents which leave defenders quaking in their boots.
We briefly cover the 5 best forwards who left legacies that transcend their times, inspiring generations to come and adding that sprinkle of stardust that makes football ‘the beautiful game’.
5) Wayne Rooney
Despite his infamous cheeky appearance, Rooney was a very serious player who bagged 208 Premier League goals, won five titles with Manchester United and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year prize in 2010.
A fantastic team player, Rooney was a technical genius who also possessed the ‘never-give-up’ fighting spirit that made Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United teams so successful over the years.
4) Didier Drogba
Chelsea forward Didier Drogba was an out-and-out machine who was infamous for bullying defenders with his physicality and strength of character. Add a brilliant finish to the equation and you end up with 104 Premier League goals and a 0.41 goals-per-game ratio.
Drogba is the only African player to hit 100 Premier League goals and was a large reason for Jose Mourinho’s back-to-back title victories in 2004/05 and 2005/06. He was a true center-forward, who also brought others into the game, tallying an impressive 71 assists.
3) Dennis Bergkamp
Dennis Bergkamp could score, and he could set up goals for others; the Arsenal forward managed 87 goals alongside his 94 assists. He revolutionised the Premier League’s understanding of the number 10 position, his vision on and off the ball was breathtaking.
A scorer of great goals, not a great goal scorer, his ridiculous trap-and-spin goal against Newcastle in the 2002 season epitomises the grace and technical prowess that left him with so many footballing admirers across the globe.
2) Alan Shearer
The Premier League has never witnessed a goalscorer like him. Shearer was the archetypal striker, possessing a lethal finish, a herculean free-kick, and who was fantastic in the air.
By his retirement in 2006, Shearer had netted 260 league goals. Along the way, he also set Premier League records for the most hat-tricks (11) and the most hat-tricks in a single campaign (five, in 1995/96).
A Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers legend, he is considered by some as the greatest ever English centre-forward.
1) Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry is a legend like no other. Inarguably an all-time great, he was a striker who was feared around the world.
He is the only player to score 20 goals in five consecutive seasons. Tallying 258 goals in total in the Premier League, he has the 2nd Highest Goals-Per-Minute Ratio in Premier League History.
His former coach, Arsene Wenger, said of Henry: “Thierry Henry could take the ball in the middle of the park and score a goal that no one else in the world could score”.
Notoriously classy (he might be seen wearing a Royal Oak Offshore model from CHRONEXT), the Arsenal legend left football with a World Cup, a European Championship, a Champions League, two Premier Leagues and a statue outside the Emirates stadium. An all-time great!