Football is all about goals as it is what defines the game. The ultimate objective of a football match is to win it and that can only happen if a team outscores their opponent.
And for that to happen, brilliant strikers are necessary – players for whom putting the ball in the back of the net is as easy as strolling through the park. With that in mind, here are five players who scored the most goals in a single season in Europe.
5. Arthur Ceuleers – 66
Not much is known about this Belgian goal-scoring machine, whose best years coincided with the Second World War. He won the Belgian league twice in his career, once in 1938 and another time in 1939.
Surprisingly, however, his best tally of goals didn’t come when his team won the league as during the 1940-41 season, he scored 66 goals, only 15 of which came in the league campaign.
4. Ferenc Deak – 66
This devilishly handsome Hungarian maestro could have been remembered as one of the greatest strikers ever had he been an active player just a decade later. Deak was the epitome of a proper striker – someone who almost found a way to score.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t ply his trade outside Hungary, however, as rules back then wouldn’t allow him to. Nevertheless, he managed to score 66 goals in 1945-46 for Szentlőrinci, all of which came in the league.
3. Gerd Muller – 67
Gerd Muller is revered as one of the greatest strikers of all time. He was renowned for his ability to score from even the smallest of chance within the box.
Muller scored throughout his career, which is why he finished with a goals-per-game ratio of close to one. In 1972-73, he managed to score 67 goals from just 49 matches in all competitions, helping his side Bayern Munich win the domestic league in the process.
2. Lionel Messi – 73
It would have been shocking to not have Lionel Messi’s name on this list. After all, he just couldn’t stop scoring in the 2011-12 season. Ironically, it was the season where Barcelona won nothing of significance but Messi stood out nonetheless.
In the 60 matches that he played that season, he scored 73 goals – shattering almost every modern-day scoring record in the process. 2012 was also a great year in terms of scoring for the national team as he also managed to hit the net 12 times for Argentina from just nine matches – the only year where he has more goals than games for his country.
1. Jimmy Jones – 74
Perhaps Northern Ireland’s best scorer after the Second World War, Jimmy Jones is a legend of Irish football. He scored 74 goals in 1956-57 for Glenavon – which is still the highest recorded number of goals scored in a single campaign.
It was never meant to have happened in the first place because Jones suffered a broken leg after a riot broke out during a Boxing Day match between Belfast Celtic and Linfield. The doctors feared that his career was over but not only did he make a comeback, he went on to become an icon for his hometown club Glenavon.
5 players who scored the most goals in Europe in a single season...