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Top 10 highest goal-scorers in Saudi Pro League history

Published at :May 23, 2024 at 4:54 PM
Modified at :May 23, 2024 at 4:54 PM
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The Saudi Pro League (SPL) began in 1976 and is also currently known as the Roshn Saudi League for sponsorship reasons. It’s the highest division of football in Saudi Arabia and has had the occasional format change over the years. Many top-quality players have plied their trade in this league, and some have set some brilliant records to their name as well.

The Saudi Pro League’s top goalscorer list is dominated by players from the home nation. There are only two players out of the top ten goalscorers in the history of the Saudi Pro League who aren’t Saudi Arabian. With the Saudi top-flight being founded in 1976, many legends of the league have already set records. There are a total of 18 teams who compete in the Saudi Pro League.

Here we take a look at the top 10 goal-scorers from the Saudi Pro League:

Saudi Pro League: Highest goal-scorers

10. Obeid Al-Dosari – 91 Goal

He spent his entire career in Saudi Arabia where he played for three different clubs. He played for Al-Wehda, Al-Ahli and Damac FC. Even though he was shot in size he was very well known for his physical prowess, he made 94 appearances for the national team in which he scored 41 goals. He played at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Al-Dosari also played at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

9. Hamzah Idris – 96 Goals

Idris was a striker for Ohud from 1992 to 1995 and then for Al Ittihad until he retired in 2007. Falatah participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. He held the national record for most goals scored in one season at 33 goals for the 1999–2000 season. He held the national record for most goals scored in one season at 33 goals for the 1999–2000 season, later on his record by Hamdallah. In 67 appearances for the national team, he scored 17 goals.

8. Sami Al-Jaber – 101 Goals

Sami spent the entirety of his career with Al-Hilal, apart from a five-month loan to English club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Saudi footballers ever. He made 270 appearances for Al-Hilal in which he scored 101 goals, also for the national team he scored 46 goals in 156 matches. Later on after retirement, he went on to become manager.

7. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi – 106 Goals

Sahlawi is known for his leadership on and off the pitch, and also he is a legend for Al-Nassr where he played 205 matches in which he scored 103 goals. He is a typical targetman striker who is known for his clinical finishing. Al-Sahlawi won the Best Player of the league award twice in a row in 2013–14 and 2014–15. Sahlawi also had some controversial incidents in his career but still, he is a player who is very much admired by the fans. In his 42 appearances for the National team, he scored 28 goals.

6. Yasser Al-Qahtani – 112 Goals

He is a legend in Saudi Arabian Football, and also he was the captain of the National team. He played for Al-Qadisiy and Al-Hilal, he spent most of his career playing for Al-Hilal and also scored the most number of goals for the same club. After leading Saudi Arabia to the finals of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup as one of the tournament’s top scorers, Al-Qahtani won the Asian Footballer of the Year award. He made 108 appearances for the National team in which he scored 42 goals.

5. Fahd Al-Hamdan – 120 Goals

Fahd Al-Hamdan spent his entire playing career at Saudi Pro League side Al-Riyadh between 1984-2000. He passed away at the age of 47 in 2013, he also represented the Saudi Arabian national team, scoring 3 goals in 9 appearances. During his time at Al-Riyadh, Al-Hamdan helped his side win the only major honour in the club’s history, the Crown Prince Cup in 1993/94, where he netted two goals in the competition. Al-Hamdan also bagged 14 goals in the league where AL-Riyadh finished runners-up, which is their highest finish to date.

4. Abderrazak Hamdallah – 129 Goals

He is nicknamed “The Executioner” for his goal-scoring ability, he is a Moroccan international who currently plays in the Saudi Pro League for Al-Ittihad. Hamdallah signed for Al-Nassr from Qatari side AL-Rayyan in 2018. He scored 77 goals for Al Nassr and for Al Ittihad now he has scored 52 goals in 63 matches. He is a technical player, with excellent movement, and heading technique, Hamdallah can score with both feet and is also capable of providing assists due to his vision.

3. Omar Al-Somah – 144 Goals

Omar Al Somah currently plays for Qatar Stars League side Al-Arabi after joining from Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli in 2022. Al Somah spent eight years in the Saudi Pro League, yielding 144 goals in 180 appearances. The 35-year-old was the top scorer in three consecutive seasons for Al-Ahli, During his time at Al-Ahli, he won the domestic treble in 2016, which was his most successful goal-scoring season. The team triumphed in the Saudi Pro League alongside the Saudi Pro Cup and King Cup. For his national team, he played 40 matches in which he scored 21 goals.

2. Nasser Al-Shamrani – 167 Goals

One of the most prolific scorers in Saudi Pro League history, Nasser Al-Shamrani contributed 167 goals in 301 games, over 16 years with four different clubs, he won the Asian Footballer of the Year award in 2014. He made 78 appearances for the Saudi Arabia national football team in which he netted 19 times. In almost all the clubs in which he played, he scored a lot of goals and had a lot of success with the teams.

1. Majed Abdullah – 189 Goals

He scored 189 goals in 194 appearances for Al-Nassr, and he is regarded as one of the greatest Western Asians of all time. His illustrious career also saw him represent Saudi Arabia 117 times, scoring 72 times. His goals helped establish Al-Nassr as one of the dominant forces in Asian football. He was often referred to by his nickname the “Black Jewel”. With four league titles and four King Cups to his name, he is a legend in Saudi Arabian football.

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