The Premier League has had some prolific goal scorers throughout its history, but who are the Premier League’s top scorers without penalties? We took it upon ourselves to go digging and find out. We will start with some headlines! Scroll down for the all-time stats and facts!
2023/2024 Top scorers – Not including penalties
- Haaland 11
- Bowen 8
- Son 8
- Salah 7
- Watkins 7
- Isak 6
- Ferguson 6
- Hee-Chan 6
- Jackson 6
- Solanke 6
2022/2023 Top scorers – Not including penalties
Here’s how the 22/23 golden boot race would look without penalties.
- Haaland 29
- Kane 25
- Salah 17
- Rashford 17
- Martinelli 15
- Odegaard 15
- Wilson 15
- Toney 14
- Watkins 14
- Barnes 13
- Rodrigo 12
- Saka 12
- Almiron 11
- Firmino 11
- Foden 11
- Mitrovic 10
- Awoniyi 10
- Son Heung-Min 10
No real surprise that Haaland sits top of the list. Although He was top penalty scorer with seven, his twenty-nine from open play was head and shoulders above the rest.
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2021/2022 Top scorers – Not including penalties
Here’s how the 21/22 golden boot race would look without penalties.
- Son Heung-Min – 23
- Mo Salah – 18
- Sadio Mane – 16
- Christiano Ronaldo – 15
- Kevin De Bruyne – 15
- Diogo Jota – 15
- Harry Kane – 13
- Jamie Vardy – 15
- Jarrod Bowen – 12
- James Maddison – 12
- Raheem Sterling – 11
- Mason Mount – 10
- Ollie Watkins – 10
- Michail Antonio – 10
- Bruno Fernandes – 10
- Emmanuel Dennis – 10
- Emile Smith Rowe – 10
- Wilfried Zaha – 9
- Bukayo Saka – 9
- Maxwell Cornet – 9
- Phil Foden – 9
- Said Benrahma – 8
- Gabriel Jesus – 8
- Teemu Pukki – 8
- Conor Gallagher – 8
- Ilkay Gundogan – 8
- Bernardo Silva – 8
- Jack Harrison – 8
- Kai Havertz – 8
- Romelu Lukaku – 7
- Leandro Trossard – 7
- Rodri – 7
- Yoann Wissa – 7
- Martin Odegaard – 7
- Ivan Toney – 7
- Rafinha – 7
- Riyad Mahrez – 7
- Richarlison – 7
- Neil Maupay – 7
- Che Adams – 7
All-Time Premier League Top Scores Without Penalties
Only players fortunate enough to have bagged themselves at least 80 Premier League goals appear in our table.
|Goal Rank||Rank Without Pens||Player||Goals||Pens Scored||Goals Without Pens|
|13||12||Robin Van Persie||144||15||129|
|15||16||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||127||14||113|
|33||49||Matt Le Tisser||100||25||75|
|37||45||Ruud Van Nistelrooy||95||18||77|
|41||30||Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||91||0||91|
Only four players have managed to reach 100+ goals without scoring a penalty. Those being:
- Les Ferdinand
- Emile Heskey
- Peter Crouch
- Sadio Mane
Only two players on the list had penalty goals make up a quarter or more of their total Premier League goal Tally:
- Steven Gerrard – 26.67%
- Matt Le Tissier – 25%
Other Penalty facts
- Only one player has managed to reach double figures with penalty goals within a calendar year. That player is Jorginho, who managed to score ten penalties throughout 2021.
- Mark Noble’s penalties make up 60% of his total goal tally. From the 47 goals Noble has scored in the Premier League, 28 have been from the spot.
- Wayne Rooney may have scored 23 Premier League penalties in his career, but he also missed ten, making him the player with the most missed Premier League penalties.
- Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most career penalties scored (across all leagues). At the time of writing, he had racked up 146 goals from penalties and still looks strong to add to that figure for another year or two.
A player’s goal tally can get easily inflated if a player is fortunate enough to find themselves:
- Chosen week in and week out as designated penalty taker
- In a team that attracts a lot of fouls inside the box
A player in this circumstance could find themselves unjustifiably shooting up the all-time Premier League goalscoring charts.
Are Penalty Opportunities On The Increase?
With penalties being on the increase in recent times, this could be more of a significant factor than twenty years ago. Back at the start of the Premier League, the average number of penalties in a season was around 60.
The average over the last five years has been around 100. The 20/21 season witnessed the highest number of penalties awarded, with 124.
VAR Has Players Appealing For Everything In The Box
The introduction of VAR certainly created more penalties being awarded. Rule changes to accommodate the new system were implemented and were in desperate need of tweaking.
Tweaks have been made, so the likeliness is that penalties will decline away from the 124-season figure. However, penalties are still being awarded frequently and strikers are trying their best to make hay while the sun shines.
The Purest Goal Scorers From Open Play
So who in the all-time goal scorer list deserves genuine kudos for their movement, heading ability, long-range shots, and quick feet? And who were fortunate enough to find themselves frequently staring one-to-one with a goalkeeper from twelve yards out?
The table above should help in figuring that out. All players who have scored 80+ goals appear in the table, along with how many penalties they scored and how they would have ranked, should penalties not have been included.
Four players have achieved 100 goals without a single penalty – Les Ferdinand, Emile Haskey, Peter Crouch and recently Sadio Mane. As a side note Andy Cole scored 187 Premier League goals, only 1 was a penalty.
Wayne Rooney has missed the most penalties with 10 misses. He scored 23 penalties.
Alan Shearer has the most goals without penalties with 205. Andy Cole is second with 186 as he only scored 1 penalty and Wayne Rooney is third with 185.
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