The Premier League's '100 club' is confined to the division's best, with just 28 players in Premier League history having scored a century of top-flight goals. Harry Kewell is the most successful scorer with 116 goals, while Alan Shearer is the all-time top scorer with 207 goals.
Shearer currently has 107 goals from 572 appearances, while Mark Viduka is second on the list with 96 goals from 511 games. Thierry Henry is third with 95 goals from 544 matches and Dennis Bergkamp is fourth with 92 goals from 479 games.
Kewell, Ian Wright, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Kevin de Bruyne are the only players to score regularly in the Premier League. They have scored at least once every other game they have played.
Rooney is the highest scoring player born outside the UK, with 52 goals from 255 games. Kewell and Ronaldo are both American while Young, Woods and De Bruyne are Belgian.
England internationals David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard have all scored 100 goals in the Premier League.
And spreading those numerous wins across various spells with different clubs is even more unusual—so unusual, in fact, that just 11 players have done so in the competition's 28-year existence. The last of these to do so was Alan Ball on the final day of the 1995–96 season when Blackburn Rovers beat Manchester United 2-1 at Ewood Park.
The list is dominated by English players with only two foreigners having earned their places in the history books: Paul Gascoigne and Eric Cantona.
Gascoigne started out as a skilful midfielder but soon found his best position was up front where he scored some incredible goals. He was also famous for getting involved in loads of fights with other players (which isn't a particularly safe activity). In 1997, Gascoigne caused outrage in Britain when he appeared in a television commercial wearing shorts despite it being wintertime! The Football Association banned him for a year for violent conduct after he kicked a ballboy during a game.
Cantona made his name with Leeds United before moving to French club Paris Saint-Germain in 1990. The Frenchman inspired one of the most memorable games in Champions League history when he scored twice in a 2-0 win over A.C. Milan at Old Trafford in 1992.
Ryan Giggs is the only player to have scored in each of the Premier League's first 21 seasons. Didier Drogba is the only African player to have scored 100 goals in the Premier League. Michael Owen is the first Premier League player to have scored more than 100 goals while also winning the Ballon d'Or.
Harry Kane is the second-fastest to 100 goals after Shearer, having done it in 141 games. "Bold indicates players who are still active in the Premier League." Individual players' team lists include all Premier League teams for which they have played (including those they have not scored any goals for). "Bent is on the verge of joining the 100 club."
Since the Premier League's inception in 1992, 35 Americans have represented the league. However, 18 (or 51 percent) of the 35 players have played for four clubs: Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, and West Ham United.
The most famous American player in the Premier League is probably Clint Dempsey. The former captain of the Seattle Sounders played one season for Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Fenway Park friends Liverpool.
Dempsey has been named in the MLS Team of the Year three times. He also has two Golden Boots and a Supporters' Shield with his previous club.
Other notable Americans who have played in the Premier League include Brian McBride (twice), Cobi Jones, Claudio Reyna, Eddie Pope, Josh Wolff.
Overall, America has had one positive impact on the Premier League: attendance records have been broken time and again since its inception. In 1992, 20,000 people came out to see Wimbledon play Chelsea in the first ever Premier League match. In 2017, 55,000 people went to Anfield to watch Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-1. That same year, 200,000 people attended Premier League games around England!
However, since then, the number of attendees has started declining because of bigger stadiums and TV deals.
Following Aston Villa's relegation to the Championship at the end of the season, just six teams have competed in every Premier League season. These are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
The current Premier League season is the 20th to finish since it began in 1992. This article will only cover the first 19 seasons of the league; for the most recent one, see here: 2018-19 Premier League season.
The number of teams participating in each season has varied from 26 to 32, depending on how many top-division places were available due to league restructuring or disqualifications. The total number of games played across all seasons is approximately 3604 (based on information provided by the Premier League).
Clubs in the Premier League are allowed to replace one player with a new one if his contract expires, but they cannot change formation or style of play. If a club violates this rule, then their record would be expunged from the table with no further action taken against them.