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5 quickest Premier League stars to hit 100 goals after Mo Salah’s landmark

Mohamed Salah became the 30th player to score 100 goals in the Premier League – and his efforts for Liverpool also saw him become one of the fastest players to the landmark

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Blood Red: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah Scores 100th Premier League Goal

Mohamed Salah’s opening goal against Leeds United on Sunday put Liverpool ahead at Elland Road and simultaneously took him into an elite club.

The Egyptian’s strike came through a familiar route down Liverpool’s right-hand side, with Salah tapping home in the six-yard box from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s square pass.

The goal, which came in the middle of a dominant spell for Jurgen Klopp’s side, was Salah’s third of the nascent 2021/22 season.

It was also Salah’s 100th in the competition – 98 of which have come for Liverpool and two for former club Chelsea.

His 100th goal came in his 162nd Premier League appearance, giving him an impressive goal ratio of 0.61 so far in the competition.

Salah is the 30th player to reach three figures for top flight goals since the league rebranded in 1992 – and, impressively, he is the fifth fastest to the tally.



Salah reached 100 Premier League goals with his strike against Leeds
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His consistency has been nothing short of remarkable in a red shirt, with 32 goals in 2017/18 – his debut campaign following a £34.3million move from Roma – 22 notched in 2018/19, 19 goals in 2019/20 and 22 in the last campaign.

In the process Salah has eclipsed some legendary Premier League players, including Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Ian Wright and Andrew Cole.

So who got to 100 goals quicker than Salah? Here are the four players who beat the Liverpool forward to the tally.

4. Thierry Henry (160 games)

Arsenal ’s greatest Premier League goalscorer scored 175 goals in 258 appearances in the competition altogether during his eight-year stay in north London – a ratio of 0.68.

Like Salah, Henry was a picture of consistency under Arsene Wenger, never dipping below 24 goals for five consecutive seasons between 2001 and 2006.









Those peak years came after he managed 17 in both of his first two seasons. Not bad for a player who, like Salah, often started out wide.

Henry fired Arsenal to two Premier League titles during his time at the club, while he picked up four Golden Boots – the most of any player in the league’s history.

3. Sergio Aguero (147 games)



Aguero scored 184 goals in 275 league appearances for Man City
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Aguero left the Premier League this summer, joining Barcelona on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract expired.

He departed having netted 184 goals in 275 appearances for Man City, giving him a goal ratio of 0.67.

The diminutive Argentine forward is the Premier League’s fourth-highest goalscorer in total and the third fastest to notch a century, in 147 matches.

Aguero was at City for 10 Premier League seasons, winning fifth league titles, yet surprisingly he only won the Golden Boot on one occasion, in 2014/15.

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2. Harry Kane (141 games)

Kane is the only player besides Salah in the top five who is still playing in the league. He is currently on 166 Premier League goals in 248 appearances for Tottenham – giving him a familiar ratio of 0.67.

Kane’s record is all the more remarkable given Spurs have often struggled to make an impact on the Premier League, finishing between seventh and second during his time at the club.









Yet it doesn’t look like he is slowing down, having scored 23 last season – his best goalscoring campaign since he registered 30 in 2017/18.

He is yet to notch in the league this season, following his failed transfer to Man City, but Kane will surely keep moving up the charts, from his current position of seventh in the all-time list of Premier League goalscorers.

1. Alan Shearer (124 games)



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Unsurprisingly Premier League’s greatest ever goalscorer was also the quickest to 100 goals – and by some distance.

Shearer has 260 Premier League goals to his name, in 441 appearances, 52 more than the next closest, from his time with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

His 100 goals in 124 games stems from his time at Blackburn where he was absolutely prolific for three consecutive campaigns.

After netting 16 goals in the Premier League’s first season, 1992/93, Shearer proceeded to rattle off 31, 34 and 31 goals in the following three seasons.

Blackburn won the title in 1994/95 on the back of his goals, with Chris Sutton providing the perfect foil for the Geordie striker.




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