Premier League record holders: Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Peter Crouch, Patrick Vieira and Gareth Barry among the stars topping the charts |  Soccer News

Premier League record holders: Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Peter Crouch, Patrick Vieira and Gareth Barry among the stars topping the charts | Soccer News

Premier League record holders: Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Peter Crouch, Patrick Vieira and Gareth Barry among the stars topping the charts |  Soccer News

To celebrate the Premier League’s 30th anniversary, we take a look at the stars topping the charts who have led the way in appearances, goals, assists, clean sheets and poor discipline over the three last decades.


Gareth Barry holds the all-time record for Premier League appearances, with 653 outings – representing Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Brom during a 21-year career in the division.

Barry only hung up his boots two years ago after three seasons with the Baggies – playing his last two campaigns in the Sky Bet Championship – and won 53 England senior caps during his playing career.


There are few surprises in the top 10, with Ryan Gigg comfortably securing second place with 632 appearances – having made his debut for Manchester United just before the launch of the Premier League aged 17 and still representing the club 23 years later before announcing his retirement in 2014.

Frank Lampard, James Milner, David James, late Gary Speed, Emile Heskey, Mark Schwarzer, Jamie Carragher and Phil Neville complete the top 10.


Barry also leads the way in total playing time, racking up 54,439 minutes on the pitch – with David James moving into second place, while Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher and John Terry enter the top 10.


A more familiar set of rankings are all-time Premier League goals with Alain Shearer still tops the table on 260 over a 14-year career in the league with Blackburn and Newcastle – some 52 goals ahead of second wayne rooney.


Shearer and Rooney remain the only two players to score a double goal cross in the Premier League, while Harry Kane is on 184 goals and on track to challenge the top pair as the only active player in the top 10.

Directed goals

Standing at 6′ 7” tall, Peter Crouch secured first place in this category with 53 headed goals during his Premier League career, which spanned spells with Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Stoke and Burnley.


Crouch remains the only player to exceed half a century of headed goals in the division, but Shearer finished his career just four shy of that landmark – one ahead Dion Dublin.

The Ferdinands, Dwight York, Teddy Sheringham, Duncan Ferguson, Christian Benteke, Olivier Giroud, Tim Cahill and Kane compete in the top 10.

Direct free kicks

This category made headlines last season as Southampton set-piece specialists James Ward-Prowse netted his 14th direct free kick – to move just four shy of the all-time high of 18 scored by David Beckham.


Premier League legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Gianluca Zola are locked at 12 apiece, with Ronaldo sitting in third place.

A host of free-kick masters rounded out the top 10, evoking many stunning strikes, including Sebastien Larsson, Lawrence Robert, ian hart, Morten Gamst Pedersen, lampard, Nolbert Solano and Jamie Redknapp.


Shearer was clinical from all ranges and angles and was equally effective from the penalty spot, converting an all-time high 56 in his career.

Midfield Masters lampard and Steven Gerard are next on the list, while Kane – who is locked on 28 with recently retired Mark Noble – could usurp the Liverpool legend this season.

Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy, Matt Le Tissier, Rooney, Henry, David Unsworth and Luka Milivojevic complete the top 10.


Recent followers of the game might expect Kevin De Bruyne top of this chart, but the Belgium playmaker currently sits eighth on the all-time list out of 86 – almost half the number at the top of the chart. Gigg out of 162.

The former Wales international is 51 assists clear of second Cesc Fabregas – while Rooney and lampard are the only other players to register more than 100 assists in the Premier League.

Denis Bergkamp, David Silva, Gerard, De Bruyne, milner and Beckham complete the top 10.

Yellow cards

Only two players have received more than a century of yellow cards during their Premier League days: barry and Rooney. However, Barry cemented his top-flight career with 21 more bookings than any other player.

Striker Kevin Davies ranks third ahead of a series of midfield destroyers, including Lee Bowyer, Paul Scholes, Scott Parker, wild robbie, Lee Cattermole, Kevin Nolan and George Boateng.

Red cards

Three feisty former players top the charts for most red cards in the Premier League era: patrick viera, Richard Dunn and Duncan Ferguson with eight dismissals each.


Interestingly, only one player in the yellow card ranking also appears in the top seven list for red cards: Chattermolewho has been sent off seven times during his career at the top.

Roy Kean, Alain Smith- of Leeds and Manchester United – and vinnie jones were also expelled seven times.

Clean sheets

Goalkeeping legends populate the clean sheet rankings with former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Petr Cech leading with 202 – some 33 with no second place David James.

Schwarzer pips the former england keepers David Seaman and Nigel Martynfollowed by pepe queen, Tim Howard, Edwin van der Sar, Brad Fridel and David de Gea.

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