Goals win games, and the players capable of delivering the goods on a consistent basis are worth their weight in gold to Premier League managers.
This feature celebrates four legends of England’s top-flight, an exclusive quartet of players to manage double figures for league goals in at least eight consecutive seasons – their status as the only four players to achieve the feat highlighting the magnitude of their achievement.
Here are the four legends to score 10+ goals in eight consecutive Premier League seasons:
Thierry Henry – 8 seasons
The greatest goalscorer in the history of Arsenal and a player recognised by many as the finest to have graced the Premier League, Henry reigned as the division’s leading forward during a glittering eight-year career in north London – a period in which he scored double figures in every league season.
The Frenchman holds the all-time record for most Premier League Golden Boots with four awards, including becoming just the second player – alongside Alan Shearer – to win the accolade in three consecutive seasons.
Only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero can match Henry’s record of scoring 20+ Premier League goals in five successive seasons, Henry leaving Arsenal in 2007 for Barcelona before returning four years later for a brief loan spell.
His 175 Premier League goals make him the sixth-highest scoring player in the division’s history, Henry winning two league titles, two European Golden Shoes and twice being named as the PFA Player of the Year during a memorable career in English football.
Sergio Aguero – 9 seasons
Manchester City‘s all-time record goalscorer and a player who has scored at an unprecedented rate since arrival in England’s top tier from Atletico Madrid, Aguero is the only active player on this list and still capable of adding to this particular record.
The Argentina international has won four league titles amongst a wealth of major honours at the Etihad, in addition to eclipsing Eric Brook’s record as City’s greatest goalscorer and registering 254 goals in all competitions to date.
180 of those goals have come in the Premier League – the fourth-highest of all-time and the highest ever total by a non-English player – whilst he also holds the records for best minute-per-goal ratio and for the most ever hat-tricks.
One of just two players – alongside Henry – to score 20+ goals in five consecutive seasons, Aguero is quickly closing in on becoming the first to achieve the feat in six with 16 goals to his name so far this season.
The accolades and landmarks continue to come for the 31-year-old, Aguero now also within three goals of breaking Wayne Rooney’s record for most goals scored for a single Premier League club.
Frank Lampard – 10 seasons
The former England international’s statistics stack up alongside some of the finest forwards the Premier League has seen, making his achievements from a central midfield role all the more remarkable.
One of the key figures in a trophy-laden era for Chelsea, Lampard’s goalscoring consistency marks him out as a unique figure amongst the division’s all-time greats.
Lampard played 609 Premier League fixtures throughout an illustrious career – the third most of any player – scoring 177 times over spells with West Ham, Chelsea, and Man City.
It would be at Stamford Bridge where he truly reached elite levels, however, scoring 10+ goals in ten consecutive league seasons in addition to winning three league titles and the Champions League amongst his honours.
Named as the FWA Footballer of the Year as the club secured a drought-breaking title under Jose Mourinho in 2005, Lampard also finished as the leading assist provider in the division on three occasions.
Wayne Rooney – 11 seasons
One of just three players in Premier League history to register over a century of both goals and assists, Rooney cemented his position as one of the greatest forwards of a generation during a hugely successful career at Manchester United, winning five league titles and the Champions League amongst his honours.
The England international became the most expensive teenager in history when arriving at Old Trafford in 2004, making an immediate impact with a debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce in the Champions League before scoring regularly for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Rooney scored 10+ goals in each of his first 11 seasons at the Red Devils, the only player to achieve the feat, including a career-best haul of 27 goals during the 2011/12 campaign.
The most prolific goalscorer in the history of both Manchester United and England, Rooney is one of just two players – alongside Alan Shearer – to score over 200 Premier League goals after finding the net 208 times over a 13-year career at United and two spells at boyhood club Everton.