Ten Interesting Premier League Facts You Didn't Know
The Premier League is the highest tier of English football. But here are ten interesting Premier League facts you didn't know.
The Premier League is the epitome of English football and the most watched league in the world. With so many stars to play in the Premier League and so many people watching, there's also a load of unusual statistics associated with the league. Here are the ten most interesting Premier League facts you didn't know.
Ryan Giggs is the only Premier League player who has played in all 21 seasons of his career.
He's the most decorated player in football history, becoming the first to win consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards in 1992 and 1993. One of the most interesting Premier League facts is he's been substituted 134 times in his career, the most of all time. Giggs even hosted his own television show called Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills in 1994. Giggs now serves as the manager for the Wales national team.
The Red Devils have won 13 PL titles, the most by any team.
One of the most interesting Premier League facts is that only five teams out of 45 in the Premier League have won the title with Manchester United with the most. The club also has won the most divisional titles with 20, in addition to the 21 FA Community Shields. In 1999, Manchester United became the first British club to win the International Cup.
Only three players born after the PL began have scored hat-tricks.
One of the most interesting Premier League facts is that Tottenham's Harry Kane, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku were all born after the Premier League began in 1992. Kane scored his eighth hat-trick against Southampton in December 2017. Sterling's last hat trick came in 2015 against AFC Bournemouth and Lukaku's most recent hat trick was last February against AFC Bournemouth.
Alan Shearer has the most goals of all-time.
Alan Shearer scored a record 283 goals over his nearly 20-year career for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. Shearer also holds the record for most hat-tricks in the Premier League with 11. One of the most interesting Premier League facts is Shearer also has the most penalty goals with 58.
Darius Vassell scored in 46 different league games and didn't lose any of them.
Darius Vassell previously held the record of 46 matches where he scored and didn't lose, which is one of the most interesting Premier League facts. Vassell's record was broken last year by Liverpool's James Milner who now holds the record of 47. Vassell spent most of his career as a forward for Aston Villa and Manchester City. He has kept a low-profile since retiring in 2012.
Peter Crouch scored 51 headers.
One of the interesting Premier League facts is Stoke's striker Peter Crouch has scored so many headers that he now holds the Guinness World Record, surpassing Alan Shearer's previous record of 46. The 36-year-old has scored 105 goals in the Premier League out of 436 appearances with six different clubs.
Mario Balotelli only has one goal assist.
Out of 70 appearances in the Premier League, Mario Balotelli only has one assist, part of the most interesting Premier League facts. But the one assist was an incredible game-winner to Sergio Aguero in the final seconds. The goal won Manchester City its first title in 44 years. The assist is considered one of the best ever.
Only five players have scored five goals in a game in EPL.
Currently, only Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Jermain Defoe, Dimitar Berbatov and Sergio Aguero stand as PL players with five goals in a game. These five join the list of interesting Premier League facts. There are 22 players with four goals. The most recent was in 2015 when Aguero scored five against Newcastle United in a 6-1 victory.
Jamie Carragher scored just five goals in his career at Liverpool.
One of the interesting Premier League facts is how Carragher spent 17 years playing defense for Liverpool and while defenders don't normally score as much as forwards or midfielders, scored just five goals. Carragher has recently come under fire for spitting at a 14-year-old, caught on camera.
The Premier League is the richest in football.
Thanks to a large growth in TV revenue, the Premier League earned around £4.5 billion and £2 billion more than any other European league. One of the most interesting Premier League facts is that the EPL is the fourth highest of any sport league, behind the NFL, MLB and NBA. Each match is viewed by roughly 12 million people.