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Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Highest goal scorers in Napoli of all time? One interesting fact about all-time top goal scorers in Napoli history is that most of them are from other nations than Italy. You might expect most of them to be Italian but that’s not so.
Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

The list of Napoli highest goal scorers of all time starts with a Belgian striker and winger named Dries Mertens who is currently playing for Napoli, too. He’s one of the three footballers among 50 top scorers in Napoli of all time who is currently at the Italian team’s service.

And what about the rest? We have also the Argentinian legendary footballer, Diego Maradona, on the list of all-time top goal scorers in Napoli history. And the interesting fact about him is that although he’s retired, he’s still among the top 3 scorers in Napoli’s history.

The List of Napoli Highest Goal Scorers of All Time

As you see the list of Napoli top goal scorers ever starts with a Belgian footballer and it also contains the legendary Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona. But what about the rest of the list? Read on to know!

Dries Mertens (125 Goals)

Number one on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Dries Mertens has scored 125 goals in the 322 appearances that he has made for Napoli. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.38 which means the 33-year-old Belgian striker has scored almost two goals (exactly 1.9) in every five appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 125 goals Mertens has scored for Napoli 93 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 74% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of his goals (32) have been scored in domestic cups (6) and in UEFA competitions (26).

Mertens has been serving Napoli for seven years since 2013 and he’s still serving the Italian club. That’s actually 3 times longer than the time he has served other clubs during his career. The Belgian striker has also served the Belgian national team since 2011 and has scored 20 goals in the 92 appearances that he has made for them.

Marek Hamsik (121 Goals)

The only Slovakian footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Marek Hamsik has scored 121 goals in the 520 appearances that he has made for Napoli.

That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.23 - lowest on the list - which means he has scored almost one goal (exactly 0.92) in every four appearances that he has made for the Italian club. Hamsik is still in the business but he’s not currently serving Napoli - he’s been serving the Chinese club, Dalian Professional, since 2019.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Hamsik is actually a midfielder and for a midfielder to end up second on the list of top scorers in any club could be an achievement. From among all the 121 goals Hamsik has scored for Napoli 100 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 82% of all his Napoli goals. And the rest of his goals for Napoli (21) have been scored in domestic cups (5) and in UEFA competitions (16).

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Hamsik has served Napoli for 12 years between 2007 and 2019 which is actually 4 to 6 times longer than the time he has served other clubs during his career. The 33-year-old Slovakian midfielder has also served Slovakia national team since 2007 and during this time has scored 25 goals in the 121 appearances that he has made for them.

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Diego Maradona (115 Goals)

The first legendary and the first retired footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Diego Maradona has scored 115 goals in the 259 appearances that he has made for Napoli which actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.44 meaning the Argentinian legend has scored more than 2 goals (exactly 2.2) in every 5 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 115 goals Maradona has scored for Napoli 81 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 70% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of Maradona’s goals for Napoli (34) have been scored in domestic cups (29) and in UEFA competitions (5).

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Maradona has served Napoli for seven years between 1984 and 1991 which is actually longer than any other club during his career, however, the Argentinian legend has not scored the most number of his league goals for the Italian club, but for an Argentinian club named, Argentinos Juniors, for whom he scored 116 goals at league level - more than all his Napoli goals - in the 167 appearances that he made for them between 1976 and 1981.

Attila Sallustro (108 Goals)

The first footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time with dual nationality - he’s both Paraguayan and Italian and also the first passed footballer on the list, Attila Sallustro scored 108 goals in the 266 appearances that he made for Napoli between 1926 and 1937. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.4 which means the passed Italian footballer scored 2 goals in every 5 appearances that he made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 108 goals Sallustro scored for Napoli 106 were scored at league level which actually comprise 98% of all his Napoli goals, and from the remaining two goals one was scored in domestic cups and the other in other competitions.

Sallustro served Napoli for the majority of his career, and if it was not for three years that he served the Italian clubs, Salernitana and FBC Internaples, we could say he had served Napoli for all his career. He also scored for Napoli ten times higher than the clubs mentioned above.

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Edinson Cavani (104 Goals)

The first Uruguayan footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Edinson Cavani has scored 104 goals in the 138 appearances that he has made for Napoli between 2010 and 2013. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.75 which means the Uruguayan footballer has scored 3 goals in every 4 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 104 goals Cavani has scored for Napoli 78 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 75% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of Cavani’s goals for Napoli (26) have been scored in domestic cups (7) and in UEFA competitions (19).

Despite being on the list of Napoli top goal scorers ever, the 33-year-old Uruguayan striker has not scored the most number of his league goals for the Italian club. It is the French club, PSG, that gets the highest share of Cavani’s league goals with 138 goals that the Uruguayan striker scored for them in 200 appearances. Cavani has also served PSG more than two times longer than Napoli - actually for seven years between 2013 and 2020.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Despite occupying the 5th position on the list of Napoli highest goal scorers of all time, Cavani deserves to be at the top of the list in one respect: Cavani has scored all his 104 goals for Napoli in three years, so we can say he has scored 34.6 goals per year for the Italian club on average.

This is as other footballers in front of him on the list, namely Attila Sallustro, Diego Maradona, Marek Hamsik, and Dries Mertens, have scored 9.8, 16.4, 10.08, and 17.8 per year on average for the Italian club, respectively.

Antonio Vojak (103 Goals)

The first Italian and the second passed footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Antonio Vojak scored 103 goals in the 194 appearances that he made for Napoli. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.53 which means the passed Italian footballer scored a little bit more than 2 goals (exactly 2.12) in every 2 appearances that he made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 103 goals Vojak scored for Napoli 102 were scored at league level which comprise 99% of all his Napoli goals. Vojak served Napoli more than any other club during his career; actually for six years between 1929 and 1935.

The second club he served the most was Juventus for whom he played for 4 years between 1925 and 1929, however, the number of goals the passed Italian footballer scored for Napoli are more than two times higher than the number of goals he scored for Juventus at league level: He scored 102 goals for Napoli while he scored only 46 goals for Juventus.

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Jose Altafini (97 Goals)

The second footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time with dual nationality - he’s both Italian and Brazilian, Jose Altafini has scored 97 goals in the 234 appearances that he has made for Napoli between 1965 and 1972.

That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.41 which means the 82-year-old retired Italian footballer has scored a little bit more than 2 goals (exactly 2.05) in every 5 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 97 goals Altafini has scored for Napoli 71 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 73% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of Altafini’s goals for Napoli have been scored at domestic cups (11) and in other competitions (15).

Unlike other top scorers in Napoli of all time already mentioned in this post, Altafini has not served Napoli longer than other clubs. Although he has served Napoli more than most of the clubs he has served during his career, there is another club for whom he has played as long as he has for Napoli - 7 years - and that club is AC Milan.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Altafini has also scored more goals for Milan than Napoli: He scored 120 goals for Milan at league level during the time he served them - between 1958 and 1965 - which is actually 49 more than the goals he scored for Napoli (71).

The retired Italian-Brazilian footballer has also played for the Italian and Brazilian national teams; for the former he has appeared 6 times and scored 5 goals between 1961 and 1962 and for the latter 8 times between 1957 and 1958 with 4 goals scored.

Careca (96 Goals)

The first Brazilian - in fact pure Brazilian - footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Antonio de Oliveira Filho, simply known as Careca, has scored 96 goals in the 221 appearances that he has made for Napoli. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.43 which means the Brazilian footballer has scored a little bit more than two goals (exactly 2.15) in every 5 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 96 goals Careca has scored for Napoli 73 goals have been scored at league level which actually comprise 76% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of the goals Careca has scored for Napoli have been scored in domestic cups (15) and in UEFA Competitions (8).

The 60-year-old Brazilian footballer served Napoli more than any other club during his career, namely for six years from 1987 to 1993, and also scored more goals for the Blues than any other club. He also served the Brazilian national team for 11 years between 1982 and 1993 and during this time scored 30 goals in the 64 appearances that he made for them.

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Gonzalo Higuain (91 Goals)

The second Argentinian footballer after Diego Maradona on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time, Gonzalo Higuain has scored 91 goals in the 149 appearances that he has made for Napoli which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.61 meaning that the 32-year-old Argentinian striker has scored a little bit more than 3 goals (exactly 3.05) in every 5 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

Although Higuain is on the list of highest goal scorers in Napoli of all time, Napoli is not the team he has served the most and he has scored the most goals for. The Argentinian striker has served Napoli for three years between 2013 and 2016 scoring 71 goals in the 104 appearances that he has made for them at league level, while he has served Real Madrid for 6 years - actually from 2007 to 2013 - and has scored 107 goals in the 190 appearances that he has made for them.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

As mentioned, from among all the 91 goals Higuain has scored for Napoli 71 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 78% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of the goals Higuain has scored for Napoli have been scored in domestic cups (3), in UEFA competitions (15), and in other competitions (2).

The Argentinian striker who is still in the business - serving the American club, Inter Miami - has also served the Argentinian national team from 2009 to 2018 scoring 31 goals in the 75 appearances that he has made for them.

Lorenzo Insigne (90 Goals)

The first pure Italian footballer and also the first footballer on the list of Napoli top scorers of all time who has served the Italian club in two time periods, Lorenzo Insigne has scored 90 goals in the 258 appearances that he has made for Napoli.

That gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.25 - the third lowest on the list - which means the Italian footballer has scored one goal in every 4 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

We said two time periods, yes! The two time periods that Insigne has served Napoli are actually 2009-10 season and from 2012 to this date which sums up to 10 years. In fact, Insigne has not signed a permanent contract with any other club than Napoli during his career and from 2010 to 2012 he’s been on loan from Napoli to three other Italian teams, namely Cavese, Foggia, and Pescara.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 90 goals Insigne has scored for Napoli 66 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 73% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of the goals Insigne has scored for Napoli (24) have been scored in domestic cups (8) and in UEFA competitions (16). The 29-year-old Italian winger has also served the Italian national team since 2012 and has scored 7 goals in the 36 appearances that he has made for them.

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Jose Callejon (82 Goals)

The first and only Spanish footballer among the 50 top scorers in Napoli of all time, Jose Callejon has scored 82 goals in the 349 appearances that he has made for Napoli across all competitions which actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.235 meaning that the Spanish footballer has scored almost one goals (exactly 0.94) in every 4 appearances that he has made for the Blues.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

From among all the 82 goals Callejon has scored for Napoli 64 have been scored at league level which actually comprise 78% of all his Napoli goals. The rest of the goals Callejon has scored for Napoli (18) have been scored in domestic cups (6) and in UEFA competitions (12).

Napoli is actually the club, the 33-year-old Spanish footballer has served the most during his career; actually for seven years between 2013 and 2020 which is more than two times longer than the period he has served other clubs.

Napoli Top Scorers of All Time

The number of goals Callejon has scored for Napoli are also 3 to 8 times higher than the goals he has scored for other clubs including Real Madrid. Callejon has also appeared 5 times for the Spanish national team since 2014 but has not scored any goals for them.

The List of Napoli Top Scorers of All Time Does Not End Here

Surely the list of Napoli highest goal scorers of all time is not limited to the players already mentioned in this post. There are other great players who continue the list as below:

  • Giuseppe Savoldi, 77 Goals, Ntl: Italian
  • Luis Vinicio, 70 Goals, Ntl: Brazilian
  • Cane, 70 Goals, Ntl: Brazilian
  • Hasse Jeppson, 51 Goals, Ntl: Swedish
  • Arkadiusz Milik, 48 Goals, Ntl: Polish
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi, 48 Goals, Ntl: Argentinian-Italian
  • Amedeo Amadei, 47 Goals, Ntl: Italian
  • Andrea Carnevale, 46 Goals, Ntl: Italian
  • Emanuele Calaio, 44 Goals, Ntl: Italian
  • Carlo Buscaglia, 42 Goals, Ntl: Italian

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