After Christian Benteke found the back of the Emirates net on Monday night, a staggering statistic has come to light: only 48 players have scored more than him in Premier League history.
Not bad for a man who in recent years has been labelled a misfiring forward.
The 30-year-old Belgian marksman clinically dispatched the first of Crystal Palace’s two strikes in their dramatic 2-2 draw with Arsenal as he found the net in the Premier League for an 83rd time.
Having hit the ground running after arriving on English shores with Aston Villa for a bargain fee of around £7million back in 2012, Benteke saw his career falter somewhat after joining Liverpool for £32.5million three years’ later.
After only one season with the Reds, Benteke was offloaded to South London side Palace for a similar fee where, after an impressive first season, the goals dried up, and his Premier League tally has only seen a steady rise in recent seasons since.
But Benteke’s latest strike has propelled him further up the Premier League’s historic scoring charts where surprisingly, he finds himself above some iconic household names.
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The dynamic Tottenham forward joined Spurs from German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and has proven himself a Premier League hit ever since.
Son’s hardworking and likeable demeanour have proved popular with fans up and down the country and the South Korean has netted a number of stunning strikes since his arrival in the Premier League.
However, with 74 goals to his name, the Spurs man still has some scoring to do if he is to surpass Benteke in the record books.
Fresh from netting a hat-trick against Watford at the weekend and despite forming one third of Liverpool’s formidable attacking three from the last few seasons, Firmino is another who finds himself below Benteke.
The Brazilian became the first from his nation to net multiple Premier League hat-tricks last time out to bring his tally to 70 and with Liverpool back to their rampant free-scoring best, you can expect this number to increase in the coming weeks.
Arguably one of the Premier League’s greatest ever imports, Luis Suarez, who departed Anfield a year before Benteke arrived there, is another who is lagging behind the Belgian’s impressive tally.
In his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool, Suarez netting an incredible 69 goals in only 110 Premier League outings, including a staggering 31 in 33 games during his final campaign of 2013-14 on his way to the Premier League Golden Boot, European Golden Shoe and Premier League Player of the Season.
While Benteke found himself on the scoresheet at the Emirates for Palace on Monday night, another iconic forward netted for the opposition.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw as he extended his own Premier League total, registering a 67th league strike.
The 32-year-old has proven himself to be one of Europe’s hottest strikers in recent years following his 2018 move from Borussia Dortmund and is another with a Premier League Golden Boot to his name, having netted 22 times in the 2018-19 season along with Liverpool’s fellow African pair of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
Another legendary name who Benteke sits above in the Premier League’s illustrious scoring charts is that of Gianfranco Zola.
The pocket-sized Italian found the net on 59 occasions in 229 Chelsea appearances between 1996 and 2003 after joining from Serie A side Parma, a somewhat surprisingly low figure for a player considered to be a Premier League icon.
Once again, the total highlights just how commendable Benteke’s achievement is and what an asset he too has been to the Premier League.
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