Last weekend, Sergio Agüero impressively scored his 200th goal for Manchester City in the Community Shield game against Chelsea. The goals mean he is now part of a select group to have notched a double ton for a single club in English football, joining a host of legends from the beautiful game affectionately known as the 200 club.
Take a look at some of the other members of this elite club, including our very own Dixie Dean!
Sergio Aguero arrived to Manchester City from Athletico Madrid with a big fee attached to his name in 2011. However, ever since his debut, he has impressed, from scoring twice in his debut against Swansea, to netting the all-important winner against QPR and winning City the title, Aguero was an amazing signing.
Only injuries have prevented him from reaching 200 sooner than in his seventh season at the club. And as he approaches his 30th birthday he has entered the form of his life with 30 goals in 35 appearances already in this campaign. The question now is how much further he can get up that list in the time he has remaining at the Etihad!
Next up on our list of the most famous footballers in the 200 club is the legendary Ian Rush. He impressively comes in at 6 on the all time top 10 scorers for one club, having netted a truly amazing 346 for Liverpool.
He is the club’s overall leading goal scorer, playing for the team from 1980 to 1987 and then again between 1988 and 1996. Rush is regarded as one of the greatest ever Liverpool players, sitting 3rd in the 100 Players Who Shook The Kop – an official Liverpool fan poll.
Following on from Ian Rush, we have a Manchester United hero, Wayne Rooney. At the age of nine, Rooney joined the Everton youth team and made his professional debut at the tender age of 16. After two seasons he moved to Manchester United for £25.6 million in 2004.
He won 16 trophies with the club, including five Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League in 2008, reaching a record 253 goals for his club in all competitions to make him their top goal scorer of all time and a member of the 200 club.
Having played for Chelsea for a staggering 13 years, Frank Lampard is considered by a number of journalists and football experts to be one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and is a member of the 200 club having scored 211 goals for his team.
Lampard began his career at West Ham United, helping them to finish fifth in the Premier League, their highest-ever Premier League placing in the 1998/99 season. In 2001, he made the move to Chelsea for £11 million and spent the peak of his career with the Blues.
From his debut, Lampard was ever-present in the Chelsea first team and made 164 consecutive Premier League appearances, a record for an outfield player. He established himself as a prolific scorer at the west London club and was a key part of the sides which won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004–05 and 2005–06. He is the all-time leading goal scorer for Chelsea and is regarded as Chelsea’s greatest ever player.
Next up in our list of the most famous members of the 200 club is French superstar Thierry Henry. He made his professional debut with Monaco in 1994 and good form led to an international call up in 1998, followed by a signing for Serie A champions Juventus. However, Henry faced limited playing time on the field at the Italian club which allowed him to make the move to Premier League club Arsenal for £11 million.
This is where Henry made his name as a world-class player, becoming one of the best of his generation. Under long-time mentor and coach Arsène Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions. He won two FA Cups and two league titles at the club, including one unbeaten.
A proud member of the English Football Hall of Fame, Roger Hunt was a Liverpool FC legend and became a member of the 200 club after scoring 286 goals for his club. He spent eleven years with the Reds and became the record goal scorer, until his number was surpassed by Ian Rush.
Hunt played for Stockton Heath, Bury, Stockton for a second time, Devizes Town and Stockton again before manager Phil Taylor signed him for Liverpool on 29th July 1958. He made his debut and scored his first goal for the club on 9 September 1959 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield against Scunthorpe United. This goal was the first of many, he would go on to score 286 goals for the club, 245 of them in the league, which remains a club record.
Newcastle’s record goal scorer, Alan Shearer was a homegrown hero and a huge name in the 200 club. Shearer scored a total of 206 goals for Newcastle and an amazing 422 in all competitions, including international at all levels.
After spells with Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, Shearer made the move to his hometown club Newcastle United on 30 July 1996, for a world transfer record-breaking £15 million, equivalent to £26 million today. Managed by his hero Keegan, Shearer would make his name as one of the greatest footballers of his generation at his home club.
Matt Le Tissier
A creative attacking midfielder, with exceptional technical skills, Le Tissier is the second-highest ever scorer for Southampton behind Mick Channon and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990. He spent his entire professional club career with Southampton and his loyalty gained special affection from Southampton’s fans who nicknamed him “Le God”.
During his time for the club, he netted a staggering 207 goals, earning him a place in the all important 200 club.
Next up is our very own Dixie Dean, coming in at number 3 on the all time top goal scorers with a whopping 383 for Everton between 1925 and 1937. Dixie was born in Birkenhead and began his career at his hometown club of Tranmere Rovers before making the move to Everton, the club he had supported as a boy.
Dean played the majority of his career at Everton before injuries caught up with him and he moved on to new challenges at Notts County. He is best known for his exploits during the 1927–28 season, which saw him score a record 60 league goals.
Soon, Dixie Dean will be honoured in Liverpool with a stunning luxurious hotel, named after the Everton great. Featuring opulent rooms, a bar and restaurant, a wedding and events space and a unique museum to the amazing footballer, it is sure to be treasured by Blues around the world.
Regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, Sir Robert Charlton played almost all of his club football at Manchester United.
Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team.
After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and another Football League title with United the following year. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup.
He is United’s second all-time leading goal scorer with 249, only being surpassed by Wayne Rooney.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to some of the most famous footballers that are lucky enough to be members of the 200 club. We should also mention the top two goal scorers on the all time table, Tony Horseman who scored a staggering 416 goals for Wycombe Wanderers between 1961 and 778, followed by Johnny Hayward who tops the list with 548 goals for Yoevil Town between 1906 and 1928.