Alan Shearer is the Premier League’s all-time leading goal scorer with a staggering 260 goals. Not just was he a great goalscorer, but he was a scorer of great goals as well.
It was the Englishman’s lethal finishing ability, clever movement and his incredible consistency that allowed him to keep scoring goals throughout his entire career.
As you can imagine with the amount of goals he’s scored, he’s produced some belters in his time. Here are five of his best…
v Manchester United, 2002
Shearer always had an ability to hit some truly stunning free kicks. This one against Manchester United was perhaps his best effort from a dead ball situation.
The ball was rolled to Shearer from the free kick, then the former England captain struck a ferocious strike flying past Fabian Barthez in the United goal. While the French keeper got absolutely nowhere near it, we aren’t sure that any ‘keeper in the world could’ve have.
v Tottenham, 1999
The former England captain never won the FA Cup, but he did leave his stamp on the competition in 1999 with this classic Semi-final goal.
Shearer scored twice in extra-time to send The Magpies into the final, his second goal is what we’re focusing on here.
Silvio Maric played the ball inside to Shearer, who let the ball run across his body as he hit a powerful slicing effort that fired into the far side of the net after hitting the bar. It was impressive how the striker managed to get that much force on the shot even though he sliced it.
Shearer would go on to lose the final to Manchester United, who claimed the second part of their famous treble.
v Aston Villa, 2001
This goal was more about placement than power but it still had a fair share of the latter as this is an Alan Shearer goal after all.
Rob Lee played a good ball over the top to Shearer, who ran onto it and from a tight angle he steered a volley into the far corner. Peter Schmeichel in goal probably didn’t expect the Newcastle man to take the shot on first time from that angle as he seemed unprepared for the shot as it glided past him.
v Chelsea, 2004
In 2004 against Chelsea Alan Shearer proved that age is just a number as the then 33-year-old produced one of his best ever goals.
Shearer received the ball with his back to goal about 20-25 yards out, Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly was very tight on the Newcastle captain. This allowed the Englishman to turn the defender and gain a yard of space for himself. He then hit a thunderous swerving effort that fired into the corner of the Chelsea goal.
v Everton, 2002
This volley against Everton was truly unstoppable.
A long ball was played up field to Shola Ameobi who headed the ball over to Shearer, who took a step before hitting a rocket of a volley that gave the Everton goalkeeper no chance at all to stop it. It was an outrageous volley and a great display of the former Newcastle captain’s talents.