Premier League Top Scorer, But Without Penalties

The Premier League has had some prolific goal scorers throughout its history, but who are the Premier League top scorers without penalties. We took it upon ourselves to go digging and find out. We will start with the data from this season, scroll down for the all-time stats. 

2021/2022 Top scorers – Not including penalties

Here’s how the 21/22 golden boot race would look without penalties.

  • Mo Salah – 15
  • Son Heung-Min – 13
  • Diogo Jota – 13
  • Sadio Mane – 12
  • Christiano Ronaldo – 10
  • Harry Kane – 10
  • Jamie Vardy – 10
  • Bruno Fernandes – 9
  • Kevin De Bruyne – 9
  • Emmanuel Dennis – 9
  • Bukayo Saka – 9
  • Emile Smith Rowe – 9
  • Raheem Sterling – 8
  • Michail Antonio – 8
  • Jarrod Bowen – 8
  • Conor Gallagher – 8
  • James Maddison – 8
  • Neil Maupay – 7
  • Mason Mount – 7
  • Che Adams – 7
  • Phil Foden – 7
  • Bernardo Silva – 7
  • Ollie Watkins – 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
1 1 Alan Shearer 260 55 205
2 3 Wayne Rooney 208 23 185
3 2 Andy Cole 187 1 186
4 4 Sergio Aguero 184 27 157
5 11 Frank Lampard 177 43 134
6 6 Harry Kane 176 25 151
7 5 Thierry Henry 175 23 152
8 9 Robbie Fowler 163 17 146
9 8 Jermaine Defoe 162 14 148
10 10 Michael Owen 150 13 137
11 6 Les Ferdinand 149 0 149
12 13 Teddy Sheringham 146 21 125
13 12 Robin Van Persie 144 15 129
14 25 Jamie Vardy 128 26 102
15 16 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 127 14 113
16 19 Robbie Keane 126 17 109
17 14 Nicolas Anelka 125 7 118
18 15 Dwight Yorke 123 6 117
19 32 Steven Gerrard 120 32 88
20 17 Romelu Lukaku 118 6 112
21 28 Mohamed Salah 116 17 99
22 29 Ian Wright 113 16 97
23 26 Dion Dublin 111 10 101
24 18 Emile Heskey 110 0 110
25 21 Ryan Giggs 109 2 107
26 20 Peter Crouch 108 0 108
27 21 Sadio Mane 107 0 107
27 23 Paul Scholes 107 1 106
29 31 Darren Bent 106 17 89
29 24 Raheem Sterling 106 3 103
31 27 Didier Drogba 104 4 100
32 49 Matt Le Tisser 100 25 75
33 34 Emmanuel Adebayor 97 10 87
34 45 Yakubu 95 18 77
34 45 Ruud Van Nistelrooy 95 18 77
36 36 Dimitar Berbatov 94 9 85
37 42 Christiano Ronaldo 93 13 80
38 41 Kevin Phillips 92 11 81
38 34 Mark Viduka 92 5 87
40 49 James Beattie 91 16 75
40 30 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 91 0 91
42 32 Olivier Giroud 90 2 88
43 38 Kevin Davies 88 5 83
44 40 Dennis Bergkamp 87 5 82
45 48 Christian Benteke 86 10 76
46 54 Eden Hazard 85 17 68
46 51 Louis Saha 85 12 73
46 37 Fernando Torres 85 1 84
49 52 Carlos Tevez 84 13 71
50 38 Kevin Campbell 83 0 83
50 45 Chris Sutton 83 6 77
52 43 Craig Bellamy 81 2 79
52 43 Son Heung-Min 81 1 80
53 53 Gary Speed 80 10 70

The table is an eye-opener and there are plenty of interesting facts to take away from it:

  • Only four players have managed to reach 100+ goals without scoring a penalty. Those being:
  1. Les Ferdinand
  2. Emile Heskey
  3. Peter Crouch
  4. Sadio Mane
  • Only two players on the list had penalty goals make up a quarter or more of their total Premier League goal Tally:
  1. Steven Gerrard – 26.67%
  2. 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.
  • Christiano Ronaldo holds the record for most career penalties scored (across all leagues). At the time of writing, he had racked up 143 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 attract 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 for the number of penalties in a season was around the 60 markers.

The average over the last five years has been around the 100 figure. 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 below 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.

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