Premier League

4 Players Who Have Scored the Most Premier League Goals After Turning 36

Arjun Singh Devgan
Teddy Sheringham has scored the most Premier League goals after turning 36
Teddy Sheringham has scored the most Premier League goals after turning 36 / Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
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Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo made a triumphant return to the Premier League after he scored a brace against Newcastle United last week, with the Portugal icon joining a select list of scoring in England's top-flight at the age of 36.

Ronaldo, however is still way down the list when it comes to players who have scored the most goals in the league after turning 36 and here, we take a look at the four of them who stand in the upper echelons of the list.

1. Teddy Sheringham - 32 goals

Teddy Sheringham celebrates scoring the opening goal
Teddy Sheringham celebrates scoring the opening goal / Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The oldest outfield player and goalscorer of the Premier League era, Teddy Sheringham turned 36 late in the 2001-02 season and post that he netted 32 goals - with the strikes coming for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and West Ham United.

The former England striker is famously known for his time at Manchester United, but it should be noted that he was a consistent goalscorer during his entire career.

2. Les Ferdinand - 15 goals

Les Ferdinand of West Ham United runs with the ball
Les Ferdinand of West Ham United runs with the ball / Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Les Ferdinand enjoyed a long and fruitful football career, and is best remembered for his spells with Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Tottenham.

The striker who left Spurs six weeks after turning 36, went on to score 12 goals post that before eventually calling it a day after a two-year spell in the Championship.

3. Gianfranco Zola - 14 goals

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Malcolm Couzens Archive / Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Widely considered to be one of the greatest players in Premier League history, Gianfranco Zola ironically enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his
Chelsea career after turning 36 on the eve of the 2002-03 season.

The Italian netted 14 goals in his final league season, a haul which included braces against Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and one against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

4. Gary Speed - 13 goals

Gary Speed
Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The late Wales legend is placed sixth the all-time Premier League appearance list, with the midfielder enjoying his most prolific season for Bolton Wanderers in 2006/07, the year he turned 36.

He finished his playing career with Sheffield United in the Championship, later managing the Blades and then Wales.

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