Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry celebrate birthdays this week, so we look back at their illustrious Premier League careers and ask – who was the better striker?
Shearer turns 49 on Tuesday, while Henry will be 42 on Saturday, but their goalscoring prowess both still live long in the memory. And with good reason too.
Shearer retired in 2006 as the Premier League’s record scorer having netted 260 goals in 441 matches for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
Meanwhile, Henry played his last game for Arsenal in 2012 – while on loan from the New York Red Bulls – finishing his career at the north London club with an incredible 175 goals in just 258 games.
That leaves the Frenchman fifth in the all-time list of Premier League goalscorers and interestingly, when it comes to the two players’ minutes-per-goal record, it is Henry who comes out on top with a goal on average every 122 minutes compared to Shearer’s 147 minutes.
The Englishman, though, scored three more hat-tricks (11) than his rival during his 14-year Premier League career, while he also comes out on top when it comes to 30-plus goal seasons, with Shearer managing that on three occasions to Henry’s one.
Which of the two forwards, however, would you pick if you could only select one?