Will Luis Suarez break the Premier League goal scoring record this season?
With 19 goals and counting for Luis Suarez this season, he is well placed to win the Premier League Golden Boot and the all-time goal scoring record looks under serious threat.
To put the Uruguayan’s goal scoring into perspective, he has scored enough goals in his 12 appearances already that would have been good enough to have seen him top the goal scoring charts in three previous campaigns (1997/98, 1998/99 and 2008/09).
At his current rate he will easily surpass the current record of 34 goals held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer, with a whopping 42 goals in his last 45 Premier League games. Injuries, form and suspension will be potential factors in his final tally and here are some fellow strikers who have topped the goal scoring charts in the past.
1993/94 Andy Cole – 34 goals
The Newcastle United forward was too much to handle for just about every defence that season which led to Alex Ferguson forking out £7 million for his services the following year.
Accused of missing several chances before getting on the score sheet – stats indicated other strikers were in fact guiltier of this than Cole – his deadly partnership with Dwight Yorke during the 1998/99 season was a key part of the Treble winning side.
1994/95 Alan Shearer – 34 goals
The first of three years in a row that the England striker sat top of the pile and instrumental in helping Blackburn Rovers land the title. Left to join Newcastle United for £15 million and quickly made that fee look like a bargain as he continued in a similar prolific vein. With 260 goals to his name, Shearer has an incredible 73 to spare over Andy Cole as the top Premier League goal scorer of all-time.
1999/00 Kevin Phillips – 30 goals
After Sunderland gained promotion in 1999, few expected the Mackems to challenge for a European spot, but that is exactly what they did and thanks largely to the strike partnership of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn. The pair hit 44 goals between them as they narrowly missed out on a Uefa Cup spot, with Phillips winning both the Premier League and European Golden Boot.
2003/04 Thierry Henry – 30 goals
Similar to Alan Shearer before him, the Frenchman finished as the leading marksmen on three successive occasions, with the 2003/04 campaign his most prolific. Henry missed just one game that season and also finished with nine assists in a stellar season that saw the former Juventus man finish runner up in the 2004 FIFA Player of the Year.
2007/08 Cristiano Ronaldo – 31 goals
His goals return has been nothing short of staggering since joining Real Madrid and this was a first taste of Ronaldo’s prowess in front of goals. The season began on a sour note when he was handed a three-game suspension for head-butting Portsmouth’s Richard Hughes, but soon after bagged his first United hat-trick and also wore the skipper’s armband as Alex Ferguson built his team around the Portuguese star.
Would end up breaking George Best’s forty year-old goal scoring record at Old Trafford and finished as runner up to Kaka for the Ballon d’Or.
2011/12 Robin van Persie - 30 goals
Plagued by injuries for long periods of his Arsenal career, his final year at the Emirates was proof of his undoubted talents. The Dutchman was simply unplayable and at times single-handedly carried the Gunner’s attacking threat and followed that up with a scintillating debut season where he again finished top of the pile with 26 goals.