• Italy's top flight was founded in 1898 but it officially became known as Serie A in 1929

  • The Capocannoniere is awarded to the Serie A top scorer at the end of each season

  • Silvio Piola is the all-time Serie A top scorer with 274 league goals


Its prevalence as a football betting powerhouse has declined. Serie A is not the force it once was, yet the prestige of Italy’s top flight cannot be questioned.

Serie A has been home to some of the world’s great forwards. From Cristiano Ronaldo to George Weah, from Marco van Basten to Giuseppe Meazza, Italian football may have a reputation for its steely defences, but it has never been short of attacking talent.

 

Sure, all of the top five European leagues boast a rich history of great goal scorers, but Italy’s collection of both current and past icons is special.

The mix of homegrown stars and imported goal-getters is phenomenal. Let’s take a look at some of Serie A’s goal scoring records.

Serie A All-Time Top Scorers List:

  1. Silvio Piola - 274 goals

  2. Francesco Totti - 250 goals

  3. Gunnar Nordahl - 225 goals

  4. Giuseppe Meazza - 216 goals

  5. Jose Altafini - 216 goals

  6. Antonio di Natale - 209 goals

  7. Roberto Baggio - 205 goals

  8. Kurt Hamrin - 190 goals

  9. Giuseppe Signori - 188 goals

  10. Alessandro del Piero - 188 goals

  11. Alberto Gilardino - 188 goals

Most Goals In A Serie A Season:

Gonzalo Higuain and Ciro Immobile share this record. Both scored 36 in a single Serie A season. Higuain achieved the feat back in 2015/16, while Immobile starred for Lazio in 2019/20.

This is a lower tally than other big European leagues. Lionel Messi scored 50 in a La Liga season, and Gerd Muller found the net 40 times in the 1971/72 Bundesliga campaign.

At the time of writing, Immobile is also tied for 27th all-time on the list of top Serie A scorers. He’s only four behind Hernan Crespo and seven behind Filippo Inzaghi.

Youngest Serie A Goal Scorer:

Amedeo Amadei has the honour of being the youngest scorer in Serie A history. It’s one of many long-standing records, too. Amadei was just 15 years and 287 days old when he found the net for Roma against Lucchese in May of 1937.

The Frascati-born striker went on to play a season with Atalanta before returning to Roma, where he starred for the majority of his career.

Amadei was in the capital for nearly a decade before transferring to Inter in 1948 and then Napoli in 1950.

Oldest Serie A Goal Scorer:

Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta holds the record for being the oldest goal scorer in Serie A history. Costacurta was 41 years and 25 days old when he found the net against Udinese back in 2007.

This record is particularly remarkable as Costacurta scored just three goals in his 663 appearances for Milan.

He won five Champions Leagues along the way, lifted the Scudetto seven times, and was unsurprisingly inducted into the AC Milan Hall of Fame.

Youngest Players To 100 Serie A Goals:

Owner of Serie A records aplenty, it’s not exactly a shock to see Giuseppe Meazza top of the pile here.

Meazza had 100 Serie A goals just 32 days after his 23rd birthday, but he’s only just number one. Silvio Piola achieved the feat at the age of 23 years and 68 days.

Jumping to the modern era, Mauro Icardi and Edinson Cavani sit sixth and seventh on the list respectively. Icardi scored his 100th 27 days after his 25th birthday, while Cavani was just a few weeks before his 26th birthday.

Most Serie A Hat-Tricks:

Swedish great Gunnar Nordahl and Giuseppe Meazza share the record for the most hat-tricks in Serie A with 17 apiece. No other player has scored more than 12 hat-tricks.

Of players to play after 1980, Filippo Inzaghi is the leader with 10 Serie A hat-tricks, ahead of Roberto Baggio, Hernan Crespo and Marco van Basten with eight each.

Meazza is tied fourth all-time in Serie A goals with 216. Having played for Inter, Milan and Juventus, he is one of the most significant figures in the history of Italian football.

Nordahl is less well-known. His goal scoring record is better than Meazza’s, however, with his tally of 225 only bettered by Francesco Totti and Silvio Piola.

Of players with 100 or more Serie A goals, Nordahl’s 0.77 goals per game is comfortably best of the bunch. Meazza is down at 0.59, and the great Gabriel Batistuta is at 0.58.

Ciro Immobile’s mark of 0.6 is the best among players relevant to 2021 soccer prediction tips. He’s just ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 0.58.

Serie A Top Scorers By Season:

  • 1929/30: Giuseppe Meazza – 31 goals

  • 1930/31: Rodolfo Volk – 29 goals

  • 1931/12: Angelo Schiavio, Pedro Petrone – 25 goals

  • 1932/33: Felice Borel – 29 goals

  • 1933/34: Felice Borel – 31 goals

  • 1934/35: Enrique Guaita – 28 goals

  • 1935/36: Giuseppe Meazza – 25 goals

  • 1936/37: Silvio Piola – 21 goals

  • 1937/38: Giuseppe Meazza – 20 goals

  • 1938/39: Ettore Puricelli, Aldo Boffi – 19 goals

  • 1939/40: Aldo Boffi – 24 goals

  • 1940/41: Ettore Puricelli – 22 goals

  • 1941/42: Aldo Boffi – 22 goals

  • 1942/43: Silvio Piola – 21 goals

  • 1943-45: N/A

  • 1945/46: Guglielmo Gabetto – 22 goals

  • 1946/47: Valentino Mazzola – 29 goals

  • 1947/48: Giampiero Boniperti – 27 goals

  • 1948/49: Istvan Nyers – 26 goals

  • 1949/50: Gunnar Nordahl – 35 goals

  • 1950/51: Gunnar Nordahl – 34 goals

  • 1951/12: John Hansen – 30 goals

  • 1952/53: Gunnar Nordahl – 26 goals

  • 1953/54: Gunnar Nordahl – 23 goals

  • 1954/55: Gunnar Nordahl – 27 goals

  • 1955/56: Gino Pivatelli – 29 goals

  • 1956/57: Dino da Costa – 22 goals

  • 1957/58: John Charles – 28 goals

  • 1958/59: Antonio Valentin Angelilo – 33 goals

  • 1959/60: Omar Sivori – 28 goals

  • 1960/61: Sergio Brighenti – 27 goals

  • 1961/62: Jose Altafini, Aurelio Milani – 22 goals

  • 1962/63: Harald Nielsen, Pedro Manfredini – 19 goals

  • 1963/64: Harald Nielsen – 21 goals

  • 1964/65: Sandro Mazzola, Alberto Orlando – 17 goals

  • 1965/66: Luis Vinicio – 25 goals

  • 1966/67: Gigi Riva – 18 goals

  • 1967/68: Pierino Prati – 15 goals

  • 1968/69: Gigi Riva – 21 goals

  • 1969/70: Gigi Riva – 21 goals

  • 1970/71: Roberto Boninsegna – 24 goals

  • 1971/72: Roberto Boninsegna – 22 goals

  • 1972/73: Giuseppe Savoldi, Paolino Pulici, Gianni Rivera – 17 goals

  • 1973/74: Giorgio Chinaglia – 24 goals

  • 1974/75: Paolino Pulici – 18 goals

  • 1975/76: Paolino Pulici – 21 goals

  • 1976/77: Francesco Graziani – 21 goals

  • 1977/78: Paolo Rossi – 24 goals

  • 1978/79: Bruno Giordano – 19 goals

  • 1979/80: Roberto Bettega – 16 goals

  • 1980/81: Roberto Pruzzo – 18 goals

  • 1981/82: Roberto Pruzzo – 15 goals

  • 1982/83: Michel Platini – 16 goals

  • 1983/84: Michel Platini – 20 goals

  • 1984/85: Michel Platini – 18 goals

  • 1985/86: Roberto Pruzzo – 19 goals

  • 1986/87: Pietro Paolo Virdis – 17 goals

  • 1987/88: Diego Maradona – 15 goals

  • 1988/89: Aldo Serena – 22 goals

  • 1989/90: Marco van Basten – 19 goals

  • 1990/91: Gianluca Vialli – 19 goals

  • 1991/92: Marco van Basten – 25 goals

  • 1992/93: Giuseppe Signori – 26 goals

  • 1993/94: Giuseppe Signori – 23 goals

  • 1994/95: Gabriel Batistuta – 26 goals

  • 1995/96: Igor Protti, Giuseppe Signori – 24 goals

  • 1996/97: Filippo Inzaghi – 24 goals

  • 1997/98: Oliver Bierhoff – 27 goals

  • 1998/99: Marcio Amoroso – 22 goals

  • 1999/20: Andriy Shevchenko – 24 goals

  • 2000/01: Hernan Crespo – 26 goals

  • 2001/02: David Trezeguet, Dario Hubner – 24 goals

  • 2002/03: Christian Vieri – 24 goals

  • 2003/04: Andriy Shevchenko – 24 goals

  • 2004/05: Cristiano Lucarelli – 24 goals

  • 2005/06: Luca Toni – 31 goals

  • 2006/07: Francesco Totti – 26 goals

  • 2007/08: Alessandro Del Piero – 21 goals

  • 2008/09: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 25 goals

  • 2009/10: Antonio Di Natale – 29 goals

  • 2010/11: Antonio Di Natale – 28 goals

  • 2011/12: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 28 goals

  • 2012/13: Edinson Cavani – 29 goals

  • 2013/14: Ciro Immobile – 22 goals

  • 2014/15: Mauro Icardi, Luca Toni – 22 goals

  • 2015/16: Gonzalo Higuain – 36 goals

  • 2016/17: Edin Dzeko – 29 goals

  • 2017/18: Mauro Icardi, Ciro Immobile – 29 goals

  • 2018/19: Fabio Quagliarella – 26 goals

  • 2019/20: Ciro Immobile – 36 goals

European All-Time Top Scorers:


*Credit for the main photo belongs to Alessandra Tarantino / AP Photo

 

FIRST PUBLISHED: 31st March 2021

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