Mohamed Salah is the latest addition to the list of footballers who have achieved the milestone.
The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues in the world. The level of competition is sky-high among the teams and it attracts some of the best players in the world. The league has been home to some of the most prolific goalscorers in the world and continue to be so. Legendary players from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry to Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored buckets of goals in the Premier League.
The centurions, those who have scored 100 goals or more, is an exalted category of players. The most recent entrant to this list is Mohamed Salah. He scored his 100th goals in a 3-0 win against Norwich City in the 2021/22 season of the Premier League. Furthermore, he is the fifth fastest player to score 100 goals in the first-division of the English league system.
Here are the top five fastest players to score 100 goals at the Premier League.
5. Mohamed Salah – 162 games
The Liverpool talisman recently reached the mark of 100 goals at the Premier League. He took 162 games to reach the mark, making him the fifth fastest player in history to do so. Furthermore, he is the fastest African player to reach the mark as well. Salah also holds the record for scoring the most number of goals in a single Premier League season. The Egyptian achieved the feat by scoring 32 during the 2017/18 campaign.
The 29-year-old has also contributed with 38 assists in 162 appearances. Most importantly, Salah has been the driving force behind Liverpool’s resurgence in the past few years. He was crucial in helping Liverpool win the Premier League in the 2019/2020 season.
4. Thierry Henry – 160 games
The Frenchman is considered as the greatest player to feature for Arsenal. He is their all-time leading goalscorer. Henry scored 100 goals in 160 games, making him the fourth fastest player to reach the mark. Overall, Henry scored 175 goals in 258 games in his Premier League career.
The striker helped Arsenal dominate the Premier League in the early 2000s, playing a crucial role in their success. He won the league twice with the Gunners in 2002 and 2004. Henry retired from football as a player in 2015.
3. Sergio Aguero – 147 games
The Argentine striker is the highest scoring non-British player in the history of the Premier League. He has scored 184 goals in 275 appearances. The striker took only 147 games to reach 100 goals in the league for Manchester City. He is their all-time leading goalscorer as well and helped them dominate the league and domestic competitions in the previous decade.
Sergio Aguero won the league five times with the Cityzens, while registering 55 assists in the competition. The Argentine has now moved on to play for FC Barcelona from the 2021/22 season onwards, putting an end to his exploits in the league.
2. Harry Kane – 141 games
Harry Kane is the second fastest player to reach the 100 goals mark. The Englishman took 141 games to score a century of goals. He is the leading all-time goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur, netting 223 goals for them. His Premier League performance stands at 166 goals and 38 assists in 248 games and he will most likely add to those numbers.
Although he has yet to win the league, he is the seventh-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition. He has also won the golden boot three times in the competition but a PL winner’s medal is the one honor he is desperately looking for.
1. Alan Shearer – 124 games
Shearer holds several records in the competition. He is the fastest player to reach 100 goals in the league, taking a mere 124 games to reach the mark. Furthermore, the Englisman is the leading goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 260 goals in 441 games. The striker also contributed 61 assists in the process.
The one-time Premier League winner frequented for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers in the league. He is also the leading scorer from England and his record of goals may stand strong for many years to come.