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21st Dec 2016

Alan Shearer reckons only two players can beat his all-time Premier League scoring record

Shearer scored 260 goals in the Premier League...

Robert Redmond

Alan Shearer hasn’t played in the Premier League in over a decade, but his record is still going strong.

The former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker is the division’s all-time top goalscorer with an incredible 260 goals.

Shearer scored over 30 goals in three consecutive campaigns in the mid-90s, firing Blackburn to the Premier League title before earning a move to his boyhood club for what was then a world record fee of £15m.

In his final season for Newcastle, the 2005/06 campaign, the striker scored 10 goals despite being 35. Even a serious knee injury earlier in his career couldn’t slow him down.

He was a phenomenal goalscorer.

Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand

Shearer’s record is one of those that looks unlikely to ever be beaten. Wayne Rooney is in second place on the all-time top scorer chart with 194 goals, and had looked best placed to supplant Shearer.

However, given the recent trajectory of the Manchester United captain’s career, it now looks unlikely that he’ll score the 56 goals necessary to beat Shearer’s record.

Shearer himself thought Rooney would surpass him, but feels it’s now unlikely to happen.

“I thought Wayne Rooney would manage or would come near to making it, but he seems to be moving further away, and now plays a more retracted role at Manchester United,” the former England captain said.

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United - Premier League

Shearer does think there are two current Premier League players capable of surpassing his record of 260 goals, and they do look primed to at least push him close.

First, Harry Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur striker has 56 goals in the Premier League already, and was top scorer last season with 25 goals. When Shearer was Kane’s age (23), he had just 16 goals.

“Harry Kane has made a stunning start to his career in the Premier League,” Shearer said.

“If he avoids injury and continues his career here rather than trying his luck abroad, he will have the opportunity.”

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley - Premier League

Shearer also reckons Sergio Aguero has a chance. The Manchester City striker is already 18th on the all-time list, with 112 goals and one place off Ian Wright.

Aguero had the best goals to games ratio of any player in the Premier League last season

“Sergio Aguero also plays for a strong and very aggressive team,” the Match of the Day pundit said.

“But I think that the same question can be applied to him. Will he stay for the rest of his career in the Premier League?”

The Argentine’s contract runs until 2020. Even if he continues his current scoring rate, he might need another year or two in England to come close to Shearer.

Burnley v Manchester City - Premier League

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