The Italian league’s heritage has some incredible goalscorers to boast about.
Italian Serie A traditionally has been known to produce incredible defenders. The league, in general, is played with a cautious approach by the clubs which are generally tough to break down. However, despite the nature of the league, Serie A has also seen some of the most prolific strikers of the game in its history. Players like Francesco Totti, Silvio Piola, Roberto Baggio and many more have created their own legacies and managed record-breaking goal tallies in their respective careers. Some of these players have even gone on to feature in the top 10 highest scorers list in the Serie A.
Keeping that in mind, take a look at the top 10 all-time highest goalscorers in the history of Serie A.
10. Kurt Hamrin – 188 (400)
Kurt Hamrin is considered one of the greatest players that have come from the nation of Sweden. He was a winger by trade and played 400 games in the Serie A, scoring 188 goals in the process. In his time, Hamrin had featured for different clubs in the competition, such as ACF Fiorentina, AC Milan, Padova, Juventus FC and Napoli.
9. Alessandro Del Piero – 188 (478)
Alessandro Del Piero spent all his time in the Serie A playing for Juventus FC, becoming one of the most loyal players in European football. He played over 478 games in the competition and scored 188 goals. He won the FIFA World Cup with Italy in 2006 and was also a golden boot winner in the Serie A in the 2007/08 season. Regarded as one of the deadliest finishers ever, the forward hanged his boots in 2015, Delhi Dynamos being his last ever club.
8. Giuseppe Signori – 188 (344)
Another one of Italy’s brilliant strikers, Giuseppe Signori also scored a total of 188 goals out of 344 appearances in the Serie A. He won the golden boot three times in his career and played for five different clubs in the league. He featured the most number of times for SS Lazio and Bologna FC, scoring 127 and 84 goals respectively for both the outfits. Interestingly, he also scored 31 goals in the Serie B.
7. Roberto Baggio – 205 (452)
Next up on the list is Roberto Baggio, who scored 205 goals in 452 Serie A fixtures. The Italian was considered among the best players in the world during his time and also won the Ballon d’Or in 1993. The striker played for a total of six clubs but most prominently featured for Juventus FC (115 goals in 200 appearances). However, the forward is most infamous for the penalty miss in the final of the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA, which handed the trophy to Brazil as a result.
6. Antonio Di Natale – 209 (445)
Antonio Di Natale retired in 2016 after a long career spanning over two decades. The forward scored 209 goals in 445 games for Udinese Calcio and is considered to be the club’s greatest player. Di Natale won the golden boot on two occasions, and was known for excelling in multiple positions be it as a winger, an attacking midfielder or a second striker.
5. Jose Altafini – 213 (456)
Breaching into the top-five, the next player on the list is Jose Altafini, who scored 213 goals in the competition and also won the golden boot in the 1961/62 season. The winger-cum striker featured heavily for clubs like AC Milan, Juventus FC and SSC Napoli in his career.
4. Giuseppe Meazza – 214 (367)
Giuseppe Meazza was a legendary striker who managed to win two FIFA World Cup titles in 1938 and 1934 with Italy and also won the golden boot award in the Serie A on three different occasions. He scored a total of 214 goals in the Serie A across 367 games. Interestingly, he has played for all the three biggest clubs in Italy, namely AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus FC.
3. Gunnar Nordahl – 224 (291)
Yet another one of Sweden’s legends, Gunnar Nordahl is third in the list of all-time top goalscorers in the Serie A. The striker scored 224 goals in 291 games, won the golden boot on five occasions and dominated the league in the 1950s. He played for AS Roma and most prominently for AC Milan, winning the league thrice with the Rossoneri.
2. Francesco Totti – 250 (618)
Second on the list is AS Roma’s legend, Francesco Totti. He embodied what loyalty meant in the world of football. Totti played for AS Roma for over 24 years and holds the record for most appearances (618) and number of goals (250) by an individual for the club. The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner also won the golden boot in the 2006/07 season of the Serie A. He retired from the game in 2017, in a highly emotional manner.
1. Silvio Piola – 267 (537)
Legendary Italian forward Silvio Piola holds the record for most number of goals in the Serie A with 267 goals in 537 fixtures. The striker is one of Napoli’s greatest ever players and he also won the FIFA World Cup in 1938 with Italy. He also won the golden boot in the league twice. With no active players anywhere near Piola’s record at the moment, the feat is sure to remain untouched for another considerable amount of years.