Jamie Vardy converted two penalties in Leicester City's clinical 3-0 win at West Brom and matched a Premier League record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Last season's Golden Boot winner converted from the spot in the 74th and 84th minutes at the Hawthorns, after debutant Timothy Castagne gave Brendan Rodgers' side the lead early in the second half.

Right-back Castagne headed in a smartly hoisted cross from Dennis Praet for the 56th-minute breakthrough goal, before Vardy was brought down by Kyle Bartley and slotted his first penalty low into the left corner.

The 33-year-old added a second successful spot-kick for good measure, finding the same corner after Dara O'Shea clipped James Justin, making it a painful first game back in the top flight for Slaven Bilic's Albion.

Vardy has now scored in all five of his Premier League away games against West Brom, and only Van Nistelrooy has played as many matches against one team in the competition and scored each time.

Former Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy faced Newcastle five times at St James' Park, with the Dutchman scoring on every visit.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's achievement of scoring 50 goals in 77 Premier League games for Arsenal makes him the sixth fastest player in the competition's history to hit the half-century milestone.

That Aubameyang arrived at 50 goals in fewer league matches than the likes of Sergio Aguero and Thierry Henry tells you just how prolific the Gabon international has been since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

Aubameyang's landmark goal, which arrived for Arsenal against Norwich City on Wednesday, is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he has not been playing in a particularly successful team during his time at Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners finishing sixth in his first season, fifth in his second, and starting the day in 10th as they faced the Canaries.

The five players to have reached 50 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Aubameyang all did so in teams challenging at the top end of the table, and all with very distinct goal-scoring styles.
 

Andy Cole – 65 games

After scoring 12 goals when Newcastle United were promoted as Division One champions in 1992-93, Andy Cole plundered 34 in 40 top flight games to help Kevin Keegan's side finish third in the table the following season.

A real six-yard box striker who could also finish from distance and beat defenders for pace, he netted another nine Premier League goals for the Magpies before joining Manchester United, where he took his top-flight tally to 50 before the end of the 1994-95 season.

Alan Shearer – 66 games

Alan Shearer reached 50 Premier League goals during Blackburn Rovers' title-winning campaign in 1994-95, having netted 47 goals in 62 games in the two seasons prior.

Shearer's matchless eye for goal and thunderously powerful shot helped him to 34 goals in 42 matches as Rovers became champions, and he passed the 100 mark just a year later.

Ruud van Nistelrooy – 68 games

Ruud van Nistelrooy cost Manchester United £19million when he joined the club from PSV ahead of the 2001-02 season and he quickly set about repaying their faith in him.

The Netherlands international netted 23 Premier League goals in 32 games in his first season, followed by a further 25 in 34 games in 2002-03.

He then passed 50 in the 2003-04 season on his way to scoring 20 goals in 32 matches as United were beaten to the title by Arsenal.

Fernando Torres – 72

More similar to Aubameyang in terms of playing style than any of the players listed above, Fernando Torres scored his 50th Premier League goal during his third season as a Liverpool player.

It was a season that would end with Torres becoming a World Cup winner with Spain, but it was not a happy one for the Reds, who finished seventh in the table despite Torres' 18 goals in 22 games, and the striker left the club to join Chelsea part way through the following campaign.

Mohamed Salah – 72

Mohamed Salah scored his 50th Premier League goal during a 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace in April 2019, becoming the second-fastest player to reach the milestone in terms of minutes played.

Only Shearer, who netted a half-century in 5,337 minutes for Blackburn, reached the landmark in a shorter on-pitch timespan than free-scoring Reds forward Salah, who did so in 5,374 minutes of play following his £34m transfer from Roma.

One of Manchester United's great modern strikers was finally presented at Old Trafford on this day 19 years ago, after he had seen his move put off by a year following injury woes.

Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky were two of the big movers in the NFL Draft back in 2017, although the latter has not enjoyed much success.

Going back much further, there was a notable retirement from heavyweight boxing and a major arrival at the Boston Celtics that heralded a triumphant era.

Here are some of the big sporting moments to happen on April 27.

 

1950 - Auerbach hired by Celtics

Arnold 'Red' Auerbach became Boston Celtics coach on this day in 1950 after three years with the Washington Capitols.

A reported $10,000 investment in his services yielded a 39-30 record and a first playoff appearance in his maiden season in the job, but the Celtics had to be patient before they found tangible success.

The first NBA Championship came in 1957, with a victory over the St Louis Hawks, and a true dynasty would follow. Under 'Red', the Celtics won a further eight titles until 1966, when Auerbach moved into a general manager role.

 

1956 - Rocky Marciano retires

April 27 saw Rocky Marciano bow out of heavyweight boxing with a perfect record of 49 wins from as many professional bouts, 43 of which were knockouts.

Having apparently taken to boxing during a three-year career in the military, Marciano won his first professional fight on March 17, 1947 against Lee Epperson.

The 'Brockton Blockbuster' became heavyweight champion by knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott in September 1952 and defended the title five times, the last in September 1955.

 

2001 - Van Nistelrooy presented as a Manchester United player

United were due to sign Van Nistelrooy in 2000 but a problem was detected during his medical and he ruptured knee ligaments when he returned to training with PSV.

Alex Ferguson was prepared to play the long game, though, and Van Nistelrooy was at last shown off to the UK media as a United player the following year after signing for around £18.5million.

The Netherlands striker went on to become one of the Red Devils' most lethal modern centre-forwards, scoring 150 goals in 219 appearances. He won the Premier League, the FA Cup and EFL Cup before moving to Real Madrid in 2006, but he really deserved more medals from his five years in England.

 

2017 - Myles Garrett drafted first overall

This date three years ago saw Myles Garrett drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns, with Patrick Mahomes picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.

While Garrett made the 2018 Pro Bowl and Mahomes was named MVP as the Chiefs won last year's Super Bowl, things have not gone so well for Mitch Trubisky.

Drafted second overall by the Chicago Bears on the same day, the Bears are now reportedly prepared not to take up the quarterback's fifth-year option, having acquired Nick Foles.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he would have been "an imbecile" if he failed to learn from the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs during his early days at Manchester United.

The Portugal international made his name at Old Trafford after joining the Premier League club from Sporting CP in 2003 at the age of 18.

He scored 118 goals in six seasons with United and has since starred for Real Madrid and current side Juventus, recently netting his 700th career goal for club and country.

When asked how he developed into such a prolific forward, Ronaldo told France Football: "By using my brain. If you've got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doing things better than you. 

"That's what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand… if you don't learn from guys like that, you're an imbecile. 

"The goal isn't to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That's what I did. I had some talent and I watched them.

"Sir Alex Ferguson also taught me a lot, and I realised I had the potential to score, not only dribble and pass. I started to think of being a complete player without any weakness.

"I could score with my right foot, my left foot and my head. I'm strong and I'm quick. If you have this and a real ethic and a good lifestyle, you can still do it at 34-and-a-half."

Ronaldo has won five Ballons d'Or and has been shortlisted for this year's award after an impressive debut campaign in Serie A with Juve.

Now into his 18th campaign at senior level, the Portuguese remains as driven as ever to remain at the top of his game.

Reflecting on Juve's 2-1 comeback win at home to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League last week, Ronaldo said: "They refused to play and parked the bus in front of their goal.

"It was hard to score. I didn't do it and I was frustrated at the end. That's normal. The most important thing is that the team wins.

"But when I went back to the dressing room, I chilled out. After the match, I went to dinner with friends. I got home at four in the morning. I had a glass of iced water before bed. I slept until 10 then I had my breakfast.

"At 11, I went to work in the gym. If you don't have that discipline every day, you can't stay at the top for 15 years."

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