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The fastest players to score 150 Premier League goals as Salah reaches milestone

Mo Salah became the 11th player in Premier League history to reach 150 goals this weekend when he scored against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

The Egyptian winger has established himself as one of the greatest goalscorers in the division since joining the Reds in 2017, becoming the club’s key figure in attack during a hugely successful period at Anfield.

 

After the Liverpool attacker reached yet another milestone, we’ve decided to look back at some of the most prolific players in top-flight history, so here are the fastest players to reach 150 Premier League goals.

The five fastest players to reach 150 Premier League goals:

5. Mo Salah – 247 games

Overtaking Andy Cole in this list, Salah reached 150 goals in 19 fewer games than the former Newcastle and Manchester United forward.

The first two of the 31-year-old’s goals in the Premier League came as a Chelsea player, but he was never given the opportunity to flourish at Stamford, so he spent two and a half years rebuilding his career in Italy before returning to England.

Salah’s impact on Merseyside was instant, scoring on his debut in a 3-3 draw with Watford. He went on to score 32 league goals that season, breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a 38-game season (which stood until last season when Erling Haaland scored 35 times for Manchester City).

Although he has never been able to repeat that level of goal scoring, Salah has been remarkably consistent, finding the net on average 21 times per season in the league. Saturday’s goal against Palace also saw him reach another landmark as it was his 200th goal in all competitions for the Reds.

Liverpool have managed to win every available trophy with him as the spearhead of the team, driving the club to phenomenal success with his prowess in front of goal.

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4. Thierry Henry – 220 games 

Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer sits fourth in these rankings having taken 220 games to reach the 150 goal mark, Thierry Henry widely acknowledged as the best player in English football throughout much of his time in the Premier League.

Henry arrived in north London as an underperforming winger from Juventus before being transformed into one of the world’s best strikers under Arsene Wenger, overcoming a slow start to become arguably the greatest player in the Gunners’ history.

The Frenchman became the first player in history to score 20+ goals in five successive Premier League seasons and won the division’s Golden Boot on a record four occasions, including three successive triumphs between 2004 and 2006.

Henry’s mix of scintillating speed, fleet footwork and ice-cool composure in front of goal saw him inspire Arsenal to a domestic double in 2002, before being the goalscoring figurehead of the legendary ‘Invincibles’ team that completed an entire league season unbeaten to be crowned as champions two years later.

During that time the forward was named as the PFA Player of the Year twice and won the FWA Footballer of the Year on three occasions, Henry amongst the most iconic players of the Premier League era and a legitimate contender as the division’s best ever.

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3. Harry Kane – 218 games

Harry Kane’s late goal against West Brom in 2020 saw the Tottenham forward reach 150 goals in the top division, with only two players having ever reached the milestone in quicker fashion than the England captain.

Kane burst onto the scene during a 2014/15 campaign that saw him score 21 league goals, the forward emerging from the north London side’s academy ranks to establish himself as a star.

His prolific form continued the following campaign as he shrugged off ‘one-season wonder’ suggestions, winning a maiden Premier League Golden Boot to fire Spurs into the Champions League.

Kane then became just the third Englishman – after Alan Shearer and Michael Owen – to retain the accolade, his 2016/17 season the finest ever Golden Boot-winning campaign in terms of goals-per-game.

The 30-goal barrier was breached for the first time the following season before two injury-hit campaigns, though his goal record has never wavered despite spells on the sidelines,

Few possess the finishing ability of Kane off either foot and he now stands as the joint-ninth leading scorer in the history of Premier League, the 27-year-old a safe bet to continue climbing the rankings in the coming seasons as he hunts down the illustrious names above him.

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2. Sergio Aguero – 217 games

Sitting slightly ahead of Kane in second is Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, a player whose goal scoring exploits saw him become the highest-scoring non-English player in Premier League history.

Aguero plundered 184 league goals in 275 league appearances since moving to the Etihad almost a decade ago, part of a haul of 260 in all competitions to establish himself as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

No player has ever scored more than the Argentine’s 12 hat-tricks in the top flight, whilst only Kane can better his goal-per-game ratio amongst players to have reached a century of Premier League goals.

An irreplaceable figure in the Premier League’s most successful side of the past decade, Aguero’s haul of winners’ medals includes four league titles and five League Cups, whilst he formed part of the sides that achieved unprecedented feats in reaching 100 points and winning a domestic treble.

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1. Alan Shearer – 212 games 

The greatest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League and the fastest player to reach 150 goals in the division, Alan Shearer took just 212 games to achieve the feat and remains the benchmark for the league’s leading forwards.

At his peak, he was the complete centre-forward package, an uncompromising and physically robust striker who relished battles with defenders and finished devastatingly off either foot.

Shearer signed for an ambitious Blackburn side ahead of the Premier League’s inaugural season and scored 16 league goals despite seeing his season curtailed in December through injury, before bouncing back to set unprecedented goalscoring standards during a sensational spell at Ewood Park.

The Geordie goal-machine scored 30+ league goals for three consecutive campaigns for Blackburn, a feat no player in the history of the division has ever achieved on more than one occasion.

The zenith of that spell saw Shearer fire the Lancashire side to title success during the 1994/95 campaign, before joining boyhood side Newcastle in a world-record deal the following season.

A decade of goals followed for the three-time Golden Boot winner as Shearer became the all-time record goalscorer in the history of both Newcastle and the Premier League, his 260 goals in the division a landmark many feel may never be bettered.

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