Premier League Top Goal Scorer Without Penalties

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

  • Watkins 19
  • Haaland 16
  • Solanke 16
  • Bowen 15
  • Son 14
  • Foden 14
  • Isak 13
  • Salah 12
  • Wood 12
  • Palmer 11
  • Nunez 11
  • Richarlison 10
  • Jackson 10
  • Cunha 10
  • Saka 9
  • Gordon 9
  • Jota 9
  • Adebayo 9
  • Hwang 9
  • Bailey 9

2022/2023 Top scorers – Not including penalties

Here’s how the 22/23 golden boot race would look without penalties. 

  1. Haaland 29
  2. Kane 25
  3. Salah 17
  4. Rashford 17
  5. Martinelli 15
  6. Odegaard 15
  7. Wilson 15
  8. Toney 14
  9. Watkins 14
  10. Barnes 13
  11. Rodrigo 12
  12. Saka 12
  13. Almiron 11
  14. Firmino 11
  15. Foden 11
  16. Mitrovic 10
  17. Awoniyi 10
  18. Son Heung-Min 10

(Updated 16.04.24)

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.

Like these stats? Check out our Premier League match-winning goals stats here. 

Stats are checked weekly. 

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
1 1 Alan Shearer 260 56 204
2 4 Harry Kane 213 33 180
3 3 Wayne Rooney 208 23 185
4 2 Andy Cole 187 1 186
5 5 Sergio Aguero 184 27 157
6 11 Frank Lampard 177 43 134
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 136 26 110
15 16 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 127 14 113
16 19 Robbie Keane 126 17 109
15 14 Mohamed Salah 139 20 119
18 15 Nicolas Anelka 125 7 118
19 16 Dwight Yorke 123 6 117
20 32 Steven Gerrard 120 32 88
21 17 Romelu Lukaku 121 6 115
22 29 Ian Wright 113 16 97
22 18 Raheem Sterling 115 3 112
24 26 Dion Dublin 111 10 101
24 20 Sadio Mane 111 0 111
26 19 Emile Heskey 110 0 110
27 22 Ryan Giggs 109 2 107
28 21 Peter Crouch 108 0 108
29 23 Paul Scholes 107 1 106
30 31 Darren Bent 106 17 89
31 27 Didier Drogba 104 4 100
32 33 Christiano Ronaldo 103 14 89
33 49 Matt Le Tisser 100 25 75
34 34 Emmanuel Adebayor 97 10 87
34 29 Son Heung-Min 103 1 102
36 45 Yakubu 95 18 77
37 45 Ruud Van Nistelrooy 95 18 77
38 36 Dimitar Berbatov 94 9 85
39 41 Kevin Phillips 92 11 81
40 34 Mark Viduka 92 5 87
41 49 James Beattie 91 16 75
41 30 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 91 0 91
43 32 Olivier Giroud 90 2 88
44 38 Kevin Davies 88 5 83
45 40 Dennis Bergkamp 87 5 82
46 48 Christian Benteke 86 10 76
47 54 Eden Hazard 85 17 68
47 51 Louis Saha 85 12 73
49 37 Fernando Torres 85 1 84
50 52 Carlos Tevez 84 13 71
51 38 Kevin Campbell 83 0 83
51 45 Chris Sutton 83 6 77
53 43 Craig Bellamy 81 2 79
54 53 Gary Speed 80 10 70

(Updated 13.06.23)

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:

  • 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.


FAQs

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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