The continental tournament has showcased sensational scoring feats over the years.
UEFA Europa League came into existence in 2009, replacing the UEFA Cup competition as the second-most important continental tournament. Clubs that are not able to qualify or sustain a long run in the UEFA Champions League, get a chance to taste European football in the Europa League. Since the inception of it, impressive names has gone on to become the highest scorers of the UEFA Europa League.
Due to the vast variety of teams that play in the UEL, a lot of popular and fringe players alike take center stage to make a mark. Especially in the goalscoring department, the competition has seen some of the best and some lesser known players score a lot of goals.
Let’s take a look at the highest scorers in the history of the UEFA Europa League:
10. Edin Dzeko – 18 goals
AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko holds the 10th spot with 18 goals in the competition. The Bosnian has taken 35 games to reach the mark. He has played with three teams in the Europa League but scored most of his goals playing for the Serie A outfit.
9. Alexander Lacazette – 20 goals
Alexander Lacazette is next with 20 goals to his name. The Frenchman reached the mark of 20 goals in 47 appearances. Currently playing for Arsenal, the striker has also represented Olympique Lyonnais before in the UEL. He will look to add more goals to his tally with Arsenal still in contention after qualifying into the quarter-finals of the 2020-21 edition.
8. Romelu Lukaku – 20 goals
Belgium international & Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has also scored 20 goals in the competition’s history. However, he took 33 matches to reach the target. The Belgian has played in the competition for Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan.
7. Oscar Cardozo – 21 goals
The Paraguayan has scored 21 goals in the competition in 51 appearances. He has represented Trabzonspor and Olympiacos. The striker finished as the joint-top scorer in the 2009-10 season.
6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 22 goals
One of the highest scorers in the UEFA Europa League, the Gabonese is next on the list with 22 goals to his name. Aubameyang has taken 40 appearances to reach the mark, having played for Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in the competition. The Gunners’ captain will also hope to add to his tally and rise up in the rankings.
5. Carlos Bacca – 23 goals
Colombian striker Carlos Bacca has scored 23 goals in the competition’ history and taken 56 games to achieve the number. He has played for teams like Club Brugge, Sevilla and Villareal in seven seasons in the UEL. He is currently playing for Villareal while gunning for a semi-final spot this term.
4. Kevin Gameiro – 24 goals
Kevin Gameiro is currently at the fourth spot among the highest scorers of the UEFA Europa League with 24 goals. The Frenchman has played for four different clubs and taken 54 games to score 24 goals.
Gameiro has won the Europa League an incredible four times. Out of the four, three titles came up with Sevilla in a hattrick of trophies from 2013-14 to 2015-16. He later moved to Atletico Madrid and won the competition with them in the 2017-18 season.
3. Munas Dabbur – 24 goals
Munas Dabbur may not be a household name when it comes to the rest of the players on the list, but his goalscoring record speaks for itself. The Israeli center-forward has also scored 24 goals in the competition and took 52 games to do so. He has played eight seasons in the UEL, the most among the ten top most goalscorers too.
2. Aritz Aduriz – 28 goals
Aritz Aduriz has only played for Athletic Bilbao in the UEL. However, his goalscoring record for them in the competition is impressive. He scored 28 goals for the Basque club in 40 appearances spread across six seasons and two different spells before retiring in 2020. Aduriz was the top-scorer in the 2015-16 season with 10 goals.
1. Radamel Falcao – 30 goals
Radamel Falcao is occupying the top spot among the highest scorers in the history of the UEFA Europa League. The Colombian has scored 30 goals in merely 31 appearances in the competition, having one of the best goals per game record. Falcao has won the top-scorer award twice since the beginning of the UEL, once with FC Porto and the second time with Atletico Madrid.
Note: the stats are accurate as of 31 March 2021.