The Premier League’s greatest ever match-winners
When trawling through the history of the Premier League’s greatest ever goalscorers, we’re already well aware of the usual suspects – the likes of Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry, Andy Cole and all-time top scorer Alan Shearer.
But are their hauls slightly flattering? Are they little more than flat-track bullies, amalgamating prolific returns against Premier League minnows once a 5-0 drubbing has already been deemed inevitable, rather than having any impact on the Premier League table?
It’s a difficult science to measure, but our mates at TransferMarkt have found the formula, gauging the Premier League’s greatest front-men on the number of match-winning strikes they’ve notched up down the years.
What qualifies as a match-winning strike exactly? Essentially, a goal that puts their respective side in a lead they maintain until the end of the game – essentially, the goal that initially swings three points in their favour.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the twenty greatest match-winners in Premier League history.