Mohamed Salah set a new goalscoring record during Liverpool’s 6-1 thrashing of Leeds on Monday, as the Egyptian became the Premier League player with the most ever left-footed goals.
Salah scored twice at Leeds to set a new landmark, another memorable milestone in a Premier League career that has seen the 30-year-old produce extraordinary numbers.
Following Salah’s record-breaking double, we’ve looked at the five Premier League players with the most left-footed goals.
Riyad Mahrez – 65
Riyad Mahrez ranks fifth in the list of the Premier League’s most prolific lefties, having scored 65 (72%) of his 82 goals in the division with his favoured left boot.
The Algerian made his name at Leicester, where he enjoyed his most prolific Premier League season in 2015/16. Mahrez scored 17 league goals as the Foxes stunned the sporting world to be crowned champions, with his performances recognised with the PFA Player of the Year award.
"No goalkeeper in world football stops this!"#GoalOfTheDay x Riyad Mahrez 🔥 pic.twitter.com/qYa69CYRqD
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 19, 2020
Mahrez signed for Manchester City in a £60m deal in 2018 and has since won a further three Premier League titles among his honours at the Etihad. The winger has been a crucial contributor to Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side, producing moments of real class with a velvet first touch and ability to make things happen.
Ryan Giggs – 83
Ryan Giggs’ 83 left-footed goals place him fourth, during a career of unrivalled success in the Premier League.
Giggs became the most decorated footballer in English football history during an incredible one-club career at Manchester United, one which saw the Welshman win 13 league titles – no English club bar Man United and Liverpool have more titles than Giggs has won individually – four FA Cups and the Champions League twice.
What a 🚀 from Ryan Giggs!#GoalOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/DdB2SA48pu
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 8, 2020
Giggs burst onto the scene as part of ‘Fergie’s Fledglings’, a collection of academy products who went on to form the spine of the Red Devils’ dominant side. A flying winger in his youth, Giggs later reverted to a central role and holds the Premier League record for most assists (162).
He is one of just three players – alongside Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard – to have reached 100+ for both goals and assists in the Premier League.
Robin van Persie – 94
Robin van Persie won two Premier League Golden Boots during a memorable career in the Premier League, one which saw the Dutchman score 94 goals with his left foot.
Van Persie spent eight seasons with Arsenal and scored 132 goals in all competitions for the Gunners. His finest season came in 2011/12 as the forward hit 30 league goals to win the Golden Boot, PFA Players’ Player of the Year award and the FWA Footballer of the Year.
This Robin van Persie volley is simply ridiculous. 🤯@Persie_Official • @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/0zl4KRTjM0
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 19, 2022
He moved to Manchester United that summer in a controversial deal, as the Netherlands international looked to win elusive silverware. Van Persie fired the Red Devils to the title in his debut campaign, scoring 26 goals to finish as the Premier League’s leading scorer for a second successive campaign.
Far from restricted to his left foot however, Van Persie scored 39 goals in the division with his right. Only Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have ever scored more on their ‘weaker’ side.
Robbie Fowler – 105
Mohamed Salah passed another Liverpool legend to become the Premier League’s most prolific leftie, with Robbie Fowler the previous holder of the record.
Fowler scored 163 goals in the Premier League during spells at Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City, of which more than a century came with his left foot.
⚽️⚽️⚽️#OnThisDay in 1998, @Robbie9Fowler netted a clinical hat-trick at Villa Park 🔴 pic.twitter.com/pDbXzC1ZIl
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 21, 2019
Fowler burst onto the scene as a teenager at Liverpool and scored 12 goals in his first 13 appearances for the Reds. He hit 30 in all competitions in three consecutive campaigns, a return which saw the forward win the PFA Young Player of the Year award in both 1995 and 1996.
He is the eighth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history.
Mohamed Salah – 107
Salah’s brace at Leeds saw him set a new record for the most left-footed goals in Premier League history.
His first goal made it 106 left-footed efforts in the division, before he added his 107th as Liverpool ran riot at Elland Road.
Salah struggled to make an impact during a spell at Chelsea earlier in his career, but has evolved into one of world football’s most effective forwards since signing for Liverpool from Roma in 2017.
He won the Premier League’s Golden Boot during a record-breaking debut season at Anfield and has since finished as the league’s leading scorer on a further two occasions.
Mo Salah is now the player with the most left-footed goals in Premier League history 🦶⬅️🇪🇬 pic.twitter.com/e0gB5chZPH
— 433 (@433) April 17, 2023
Liverpool’s record scorer in European competition, he has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup among his honours on Merseyside, in addition to collecting individual accolades that include two PFA Player of the Year awards and the FWA Footballer of the Year twice.
Salah is now seventh among Liverpool’s all-time record goalscorers (182) and could overtake Robbie Fowler (183) and Steven Gerrard (186) to enter the top five before the season’s end.
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