Ronaldo, Mané or Sterling: Who will be the next to score 100 Premier goals?

Ronaldo, Mané or Sterling: Who will be the next to score 100 Premier goals?

Last weekend, Mohamed Salah sealed his entry to an exclusive Premier League club. The Liverpool striker reached a significant milestone by scoring his 100th goal in the top competition in English football.

Opening the scoring for the Reds cause in their 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday, Salah reached one hundred goals to join the illustrious “Club of 100” made up of players who have converted a minimum of 100 goals in England’s first division since the 1992-93 season.

The comfortable victory at Elland Road also served to extend Liverpool’s unbeaten streak to 13 games (10 wins and three draws), which is the longest running streak in the division.

Salah, after scoring with a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 20th minute, became the 30th player to reach triple digits in goals since Alan Shearer became the first member of the exclusive group in the 1995-96 season. . The former England captain remains the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, with 260 goals wearing the Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United jerseys.

Shearer also holds the record for the fewest games required to score 100 Premier League goals, with just 124 appearances to accomplish the feat during his wildly productive time with Blackburn. Harry Kane (141 games) is the second fastest player to reach 100 goals; while Manchester City landmark Sergio “Kun” Agüero (147), Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (160) and Salah (162) round out the top five.

For his part, Salah is the second footballer from the African continent to score 100 goals in the Premier League, following in the footsteps of Didier Drogba, who eventually left Chelsea after adding 104 goals to his name in the English first division during his two stops. at Stamford Bridge.

With his 98 goals for the Liverpool cause plus two goals for Chelsea earlier in his career, Salah becomes the first member to join the “Club of 100” since Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy did so in April. 2020. Vardy (who has 120 goals in his entire career) is one of three active players to beat the Egyptian, along with Kane (166 goals) and Romelu Lukaku (116), who has just returned to the Blues.

Salah is tied for 29th in the all-time scoring chart, tied at 100 points with former Southampton player Matthew Le Tissier. Considering that the latter retired in 2002, the Liverpool figure has every chance of surpassing him in the coming weeks.

There are several players currently active in the Premier League located a few steps from Salah, about to reach a hundred goals and enter the “Club of 100” before the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Who will be the next?

Sadio Mané (97 goals in 233 games)

Southampton: 21 goals in 67 games
Liverpool: 76 goals in 166 games

Mané was awarded the Premier League Golden Boot, sharing the accolade of the 2018-19 season with his teammate Salah and his Arsenal colleague Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Salah’s goal in the 92nd minute of Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds leaves him three short of reaching 100 Premier League goals. The Senegalese international is tied with Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor for third place among all-time African Premier League scorers, surpassed by Drogba (104) and Salah (100).

Liverpool: 18 goals in 95 games
Manchester City: 79 goals in 199 games

The Manchester City figure is also three goals away from joining the “Club de los 100” after undergoing a transformation, which took him from an agile winger in his youth to a productive striker under Pep Guardiola. Sterling has averaged 16 goals per league season with City since the 2017-18 campaign, a dramatic improvement over his previous career average of just five goals per league campaign.

Manchester United: 86 goals in 197 games

Having scored 84 goals in 196 games in the six seasons since his first stop at Old Trafford, Ronaldo climbed two notches to approach his 100 Premier League goals, scoring a double in his second debut for the club last weekend. , which ended in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle. The captain of the Portugal team requires 14 goals to reach 100. It should be noted that this means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his current manager at United, is closer to the feat after scoring 91 league goals for the club. during his playing career. Considering how prolific the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is in front of the opposing goal, it’s best not to bet that Sterling and Mané will score 100 goals before him.

Aston Villa: 42 goals in 89 games
Liverpool: 9 goals in 29 games
Crystal Palace: 31 goals in 141 games

These days, Benteke is not exactly characterized by its productivity. However, he was quite a scorer in his first three seasons at Villa. However, following his departure from the club in 2015, Benteke has failed to double his Premier League goalscoring figure. Despite this, if the Belgian international maintains his icy scoring pace with Crystal Palace, he is likely to hit a hundred goals at some point during the 2024-25 campaign.

Theo Walcott (78 goals in 372 games)

Arsenal: 65 goals in 270 games
Everton: 10 goals in 77 games
Southampton: 3 goals in 25 games

While scoring 78 Premier League goals is a not inconsiderable achievement, Walcott has failed to score more than five goals in a single league campaign since 2016-17, when he scored 10 in his last full season wearing the Arsenal jersey. In fact, the 32-year-old forward has only scored 13 league goals since leaving the Gunners in January 2018; first with Everton and then with Southampton, the club of his childhood.

Son Heung-Min (72 goals in 200 games)

Tottenham Hotspur: 72 goals in 200 games

Son just started his seventh season at Tottenham, making his 200th Premier League appearance for the club, scoring the only goal in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Watford last month. The 29-year-old captain of the South Korean national team scored 17 league goals in the 2020-21 season, his best comeback since joining the club. His Premier League scoring production has reached double digits in all his seasons with Tottenham, with the exception of his debut campaign.

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