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The players with the most goals in a Premier League season

The Premier League’s 28-year-old record for the most goals in a single season was recently broken by 22-year-old Premier League newcomer Erling Haaland, enticing fans to buzz In the history of the Premier League, there have been few players who have surpassed the 30-goal mark in a single season.

However, those who did are some of the game’s most renowned names. Let’s take a closer look at these legendary players and their exceptional seasonal goalscoring records.

Here are the players with the most goals in a single Premier League season.

Alan Shearer (1993/94 and 1995/96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) and Luis Suarez (2013/14) – 31 goals

Alan Shearer remains the only footballer to have scored 30+ goals in more than one Premier League season, an achievement Haaland will look to match next time around.

Shearer 112 goals in 138 league appearances during four seasons at Blackburn Rovers, including hauls of 31 goals in 1993/94 and 1995/96. During the second of those seasons, Blackburn were unable to retain the Premier League title won the previous campaign, but Shearer became the first player to score 30+ goals in a 38-game Premier League season to retain the division’s Golden Boot.

Cristiano Ronaldo also hit 31 goals during the 2007/08 season at Manchester United, one which saw the Portugal international inspire the Red Devils to Premier League and Champions League success. He hit 42 goals in all competitions, including one in the Champions League final against Chelsea, to earn a first Ballon d’Or.

Luis Suarez is the third player to have scored 31 league goals in a Premier League season, achieving the feat at Liverpool in 2013/14. The Reds’ ‘SAS’ forward line of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge fired the club’s title challenge as Brendan Rodgers’ side finished as runners-up.

Suarez and Sturridge ended the season as the top two goalscorers in the Premier League, the only time this has occurred with two teammates. Suarez’s haul came in just 33 fixtures having been suspended for the season’s opening weeks and did not include a single penalty.

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Mohamed Salah (2017/18) – 32 goals

Mohamed Salah made an immediate impact at Liverpool during the 2017/18 season, as the Egyptian scored spectacularly to win the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

Some had questioned the Reds’ wisdom in signing the winger in a £36m deal from Roma, with Salah having underwhelmed during a spell in English football at Chelsea. He began to silence those doubts with a goal on debut at Watford and continued to score, and score, and score.

Salah’s 32 goals broke the record for a 38-game Premier League season at that time and saw him win the Premier League’s Golden Boot. He ended the season with 44 goals in all competitions, the highest figure a Liverpool player has recorded in the Premier League era and the second-highest scoring season in the club’s history.

Andy Cole (1993/94) and Alan Shearer (1994/95) – 34 goals

Andy Cole became the first player to score 30+ goals in a season in the Premier League era, with the forward’s return firing newly-promoted Newcastle to third in the table.

Cole had helped Kevin Keegan’s side to promotion the previous season before starring on their top-flight return, leading the league for goals and assists to be named as the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Cole – signed from Bristol City for £1.75m in February 1993 – formed an electric understanding with Peter Beardsley as Keegan’s entertaining side announced their return to the top division in style.

Shearer matched Cole’s return the following season, scoring 34 times as Blackburn Rovers were crowned Premier League champions.

Shearer had signed for Rovers in a British transfer record deal from Southampton and was the inspiration behind their first title in 81 years in 1995. His partnership with Chris Sutton became dubbed the ‘SAS’, as the two forwards excelled in tandem for the eventual champions.

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Erling Haaland (2022/23) – 35 goals*

Erling Haaland has made a mockery of suggestions he might need time to adapt to the demands of English football, breaking countless goalscoring records during a stunning season at Manchester City.

Haaland has scored 35 goals in 32 appearances since signing for the Citizens from Borussia Dortmund, breaking the Premier League goal record for a single season with games to spare. He still has four league games remaining to improve his remarkable record, while he has now scored 51 goals in all competitions for City.

No player since the Second World War has scored more goals in a single campaign for an English club than Haaland, while only one – legendary Everton forward Dixie Dean – has ever scored more in a season.

Dean’s 63-goal season for the Toffees in 1927/28 is the stuff of legend and for much of the last century has been viewed as a record that will never be broken. Haaland has already began to change perceptions on that.

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