40. Wayne Rooney
The Croxteth-born striker enjoyed his most profitable season in front of goal for Manchester United as they were beaten to the Premier League title on the final day by their bitter rivals Manchester City. The pressure of being United's undisputed number one forward did not faze Wayne Rooney, as he found the back of the net an impressive 35 times in 44 matches. Rooney's domestic season was characterised by milestones, as he became only the fourth player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick in consecutive games, against Arsenal and Bolton, before then marking his 500th senior career game and 350th game for United with a brace of goals in a 2-1 win against their rivals Liverpool in a league game at Old Trafford in February.Moment of the Season - The penalty that completed his hat-trick against Arsenal during Manchester United's 8-2 thrashing crowned a fantastic performance from the England striker in one of the most memorable Premier League games in history.
Editor's view - "He may have been well off the boil by the time the Euros came around but his form for Manchester United kept them firmly in the title race well against the odds all season, finishing with a fine tally of 35 club goals in all competitions. At a time when there are too few of them, I would suggest he remains a rare leading light of English football." - Sam Lyon - Chief editor of Goal.com UK