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Top five players to score 20+ goals in three consecutive Serie A seasons

Published at :March 14, 2024 at 12:21 AM
Modified at :March 14, 2024 at 12:21 AM
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Some of the best goal-scorers in the Serie A history

Serie A, renowned for its defensive solidity and tactical sophistication, has served as the stage for some of football’s most prolific goal scorers. Serie A, often referred to as Serie A TIM, stands as Italy’s premier football league, boasting a rich heritage dating back to 1898. 

Serie A, Italy’s premier football league, has been a stage where footballing legends have showcased their skills for decades. From the towering presence of Paolo Rossi to the clinical finishing of Gabriel Batistuta, Serie A has witnessed some of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the sport. Achieving consistent goal-scoring milestones in this fiercely competitive league is a testament to a player’s exceptional talent and dedication.

In this article, we’ll talk about the players who have scored more than 20 goals in three consecutive Serie A seasons.

Gabriel Batistuta

Gabriel Batistuta, the Argentine football legend, achieved a remarkable milestone by scoring over 20 goals in three consecutive Serie A seasons during his tenure with Fiorentina.

Born on February 1, 1969, Batistuta earned nicknames like “Batigol” and “El Ángel Gabriel” for his prowess on the field.

Scoring over 20 league goals in each of the next three seasons – made all the more impressive given Serie A was the strongest league in the world and the hardest to score in with the best defences – as well as spectacular powerful strikes against Arsenal and Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, Batistuta came third for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999. Batistuta and Ronaldo were the two best strikers in Serie A, with their duels the most anticipated in Italy.

At Fiorentina, Batistuta found his best form. He was the top scorer of the 1994–95 Serie A season with 26 goals, and he broke Ezio Pascutti’s 32-year-old record by scoring in all of the first 11 matches of the season.

Antonio Di Natale

The Italian football player Antonio Di Natale, often known by his nickname “Totò,” is well known for his amazing goal-scoring prowess and outstanding career. After advancing through the club’s junior system, Di Natale, who was born in Naples on October 13, 1977, started his professional career with Empoli in 1996.

Di Natale joined Udinese in 2004 and rose to prominence quite fast. Impressive Serie A finishes and UEFA Champions League qualifying were under his leadership. In Serie A, he reached double figures nine times in a row, earning him the title of club captain in 2007. 

He broke the club record with 29 league goals in 2009–2010, and he was named the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for that exceptional season. Di Natale was a deadly goal scorer thanks to his adaptability and strategic acumen.

He represented Italy in major tournaments, including UEFA Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and Euro 2012.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani, a prolific Uruguayan striker, began his career at Danubio before moving to Europe, playing for Palermo and then Napoli. Cavani ended the league season in 2012 with 23 goals, which tied him for third place in the goal-scoring rankings with Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale. 

He became renowned for his goal-scoring prowess, notably winning the Serie A top scorer title in 2012-2013 with Napoli. 

His €64 million move to Paris Saint-Germain made history as one of France’s most expensive transfers. He became the second-highest scorer in club history and won several league titles with PSG.

A key goal in the Europa League final was among the 17 goals Cavani scored in his debut season at Manchester United, where he later signed.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese football legend, has achieved numerous milestones in his career. With five Ballon d’Or awards and numerous league titles, Champions League victories, and international accolades, he’s widely considered one of the greatest players ever. Ronaldo holds records for goals and appearances in the Champions League and has surpassed 850 career goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo notched his 20th goal of the Serie A season for Juventus against Spezia. Since joining Juventus in 2018 for a record-breaking €100 million, he has clinched multiple titles, including two Serie A championships and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies. 

Ronaldo also made history as the first player to lead the goal-scoring charts in the English, Spanish, and Italian leagues, and he secured the inaugural Serie A Most Valuable Player award. 

Internationally, Ronaldo is Portugal’s most-capped player, with over 200 appearances, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most international goals.

Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez has made history in Serie A by scoring 100 goals for Inter Milan before turning 27. His journey, from starting at a young age to achieving this milestone, showcases his hard work and talent. Martinez’s ability to score with both feet and his head sets him apart, and he joins a select group of Argentinian greats in Serie A history. 

Additionally, he’s only the third player in Inter’s history to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons, a feat previously accomplished by legends like Giuseppe Meazza. Martinez’s dedication to the team’s success shines through, emphasizing his focus on collective achievements rather than personal records.

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