Van Nistelrooy among strikers snubbed in Carragher’s top 10 Premier League list

Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy is one of several iconic players to miss out on a place in Jamie Carragher’s top 10 Premier League forwards list.

The Dutchman scored 150 goals in 219 appearances for the Red Devils, helping them win the 2003/03 top-flight title.

Having achieved this in five seasons at Old Trafford, the 44-year-old is regarded as one of the best strikers to ever play in England.

But there is no place for Van Nistelrooy in Liverpool hero Carragher’s top 10.

The Sky Sports pundit shared his choices in his Telegraph column on Good Friday, featuring the likes of his team-mate Wayne Rooney, Arsenal icon Thierry Henry and Manchester City’s departing Sergio Aguero.

You can read the full list from Carra below – but there are some very surprising absences form the list.

Van Nistelrooy’s legacy of Dutch forwards at United was continued in 2012 by Robin van Persie, leaving the Gunners for Old Trafford.

He scored 146 league goals in 280 appearances for both clubs before winning the 2012/13 title for United.

Just above the 37-year-old in the all-time rankings is Teddy Sheringham, a Premier League scorer for Nottingham Forest, United, Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham 190 times.

Upton Park was also the home of Paolo Di Canio, who scored one of the greatest Premier League goals of all time against Wimbledon among his 73 strikes.

Liverpool have two players in the all-time top 10 scoring list who do not make Carragher’s list.

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  • Michael Owen, who found the back of the net 150 times for the Reds and United, is 10th overall.

    While Robbie Fowler, bursting onto the scene in 1993 at 18 years old, went on to hit 225 more goals at Anfield, Leeds and City.

    The last man in the top 10 of all time who doesn’t make the cut is Jermain Defoe.

    Scoring 143 of his top-flight goals for Spurs, he has also hit the net with the Hammers, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Bournemouth over 20 seasons of service.

    Defoe also played alongside Irish football legend Robbie Keane, succeeding Les Ferdinand in north London.

    Another journeyman famous for scoring goals is Nicolas Anelka, who scored the most goals of his career for Chelsea.

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    The Frenchman also spent time at Arsenal, where iconic players Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp made their careers.

    While a man still playing football in a unique way is Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, whose Red Bull-fuelled diet has sent him flying to 123 Premier League goals in seven seasons so far.

    Jamie Carragher’s Top 10 Premier League forwards of all time:

    10 Harry Kane

    9 Dwight Yorke

    8 Luis Suarez

    7 Andy Cole

    6 Mohamed Salah

    5 Wayne Rooney

    4 Didier Drogba

    3 Alan Shearer

    2 Sergio Aguero

    1 Thierry Henry

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