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Benfica top scorers of all time

In this article, first we will have a brief review on the history of Benfica Club, and then we will introduce Benfica top scorers of all time!
Benfica top scorers of all time

Benfica Sports Club is a Portuguese sports club located in Lisbon. The club is present in several sports, but owes most of its fame to its proud football team, which is the most successful football team in Portugal.

The club is one of the founders of the Portuguese Premier League and has never been relegated from the Premier League.

In the following, we will briefly review the history of Benfica Club, then we will provide a list of Benfica top scorers of all time, and then share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these highest goal scorers in Benfica of all time.

Benfica top scorers of all time

Before we get into the list of top scorers in Benfica of all time, we will have a brief look at the history, foundation and honors of Benfica Club.

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Brief history of Benfica club

Benfica top scorers of all time

Benfica was founded on February 28, 1904 as "Sport Lisboa". It is one of the "three biggest clubs" in Portugal and is the most prestigious football club in this country.

Benfica has never been relegated and has always played in the Portuguese Premier League.

The club has two main titles: Águias means Eagles, which refers to the symbol above the club's crown; and the nickname Os Encarnados means Reds, which refers to the color of the team's uniform: red shirt, white short and red socks.

Benfica has an old rivalry with Sporting FC and FC Porto. Together, these three clubs make up Portugal's "Big Three ", none of which have been relegated since their inception.

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Honors of Benfica Club

Benfica top scorers of all time

Benfica is the most successful Portuguese club, having won 84 major trophies since its inception.

Among these honors are 80 domestic trophies, including: 37 Primeira Liga titles, 26 Taça de Portugal titles, 7 Taça da Liga titles, 8 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira titles and 3 Campeonato de Portugal titles.

Internationally, this team is the most proud Portuguese team again. Among their achievements are back-to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962, 2 runners-up at the Intercontinental Cup in 1961 and 1962, 5 runners-up at the European Cup in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990, and 3 runners-up at the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 1983, 2013 and 2014.

Benfica is ranked 12th in FIFA Club of the Century, 9th in the IFFHS Top 200 European clubs of the 20th century and 8th in the UEFA all-time club ranking.

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Benfica Club Goalscorers Records

Benfica top scorers of all time

Since our article is about the highest goal scorers in Benfica of all time, it is not bad to mention the scoring records in the history of this club. Among these records we can mention:

  • Most goals scored in all competitions: Eusébio, 473
  • Most goals scored in a season: Eusébio, 50 (1967–68)
  • Most league goals scored: Eusébio, 317
  • Most league goals scored in a season: Eusébio, 42 (1967–68)
  • Most goals scored in UEFA club competitions: Eusébio, 56
  • Most goals scored in UEFA club competitions finals: Eusébio, 3
  • Most goals scored in Taça de Portugal finals: Rogério Pipi, 15 (All-time record)
  • Most goals scored in Taça da Liga: Jonas, 10
  • Most goals scored in Derby de Lisboa: Eusébio, 27
  • Most goals scored in O Clássico: Eusébio, 25 (All-time record)
  • Youngest goalscorer: Fernando Chalana, 17 years, 7 months and 7 days (against Académica on 25 September 1976)
  • Most own-goals scored: Jardel, 4

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Benfica highest goal scorers of all time

Benfica top scorers of all time

The list of the Benfica top goal scorers ever is as follows:

  1. Eusébio: Years: 1961–1975, Matches: 440, Goals: 473, Goals per match: 1.08
  2. José Águas: Years: 1950–1963, Matches: 384, Goals: 379, Goals per match: 0.99
  3. Nené: Years: 1968–1986, Matches: 575, Goals: 359, Goals per match: 0.62
  4. José Torres: Years: 1959–1971, Matches: 259, Goals: 226, Goals per match: 0.87
  5. Arsénio: Years: 1943–1955, Matches: 298, Goals: 220, Goals per match: 0.74
  6. Rogério Pipi: Years: 1942–1947 / 1947–1954, Matches: 314, Goals: 205, Goals per match: 0.65
  7. Julinho: Years: 1942–1951 / 1952–1953, Matches: 200, Goals: 202, Goals per match: 1.01
  8. José Augusto: Years: 1959–1970, Matches: 369, Goals: 175, Goals per match: 0.47
  9. Óscar Cardozo: Years: 2007–2014, Matches: 292, Goals: 172, Goals per match: 0.59
  10. Nuno Gomes: Years: 1997–2000 / 2002–2011, Matches: 399, Goals: 166, Goals per match: 0.42

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A brief overview of all-time top goal scorers in Benfica history

In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the highest goal scorers in Benfica of all time!

#1 Eusébio

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Eusébio da Silva Ferreira
  • Date of birth: 25 January 1942
  • Place of birth: Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
  • Date of death: 5 January 2014 (aged 71)
  • Place of death: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1957–1960: Sporting Lourenço Marques               
  • 1961–1975: Benfica
  • 1975: Boston Minutemen
  • 1975: Monterrey
  • 1975–1976: Toronto Metros-Croatia
  • 1976: Beira-Mar-
  • 1976–1977: Las Vegas Quicksilvers
  • 1977–1978: União de Tomar
  • 1978–1979: New Jersey Americans
  • 1979–1980: Buffalo Stallions (indoor)

 With 473 total goals, the first player of the list of the top scorers in Benfica of all time is Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career. According to many experts, Eusebio is one of the greatest football players in history.

During his career, he has scored a total of 733 goals in 745 official matches, which shows his excellent ability to score.

Nicknamed the Black Panther and the Black Pearl, Eusebio was a very fast and technical player whose right foot kicks were brutal.

Among the honors of this Benfica club's legendary player with this club, we can mention:

  • Primeira Liga (11): 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75
  • Taça de Portugal (5): 1961–62, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72
  • Taça de Honra de Lisboa (9): 1962–63, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
  • Taça Ribeiro dos Reis: 1963–64, 1965–66, 1970–71
  • European Cup: 1961–62
  • Intercontinental Cup runner-up: 1961, 1962

From the individual point of view, the name Eusébio is often in the valid lists of the best players. He was voted the ninth best footballer of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the IFFHS, and was voted the 10th footballer of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. In addition, in 2004 Pele named Eusébio one of the top 125 football players on his FIFA 100 list. Also in 2003, the Portuguese Football Federation named him the Portuguese Golden Player.

In addition, he was World Soccer World XI in 1965, European Cup top scorer in 1965, 1966 and 1968, Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1970 and 1973, and BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year in 1966.

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Jose Aguas.

#2 José Águas

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: José Pinto Carvalho Santos Águas
  • Date of birth: 9 November 1930
  • Place of birth: Luanda, Angola
  • Date of death: 10 December 2000 (aged 70)
  • Place of death: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1948–1950: Lusitano Lobito
  • 1950–1963: Benfica
  • 1963–1964: Austria Vienna

With 379 total goals, the second player of the list of Benfica highest goal scorers of all time is José Pinto de Carvalho Santos Águas, a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

Aguas had a very successful career at Benfica, scoring more than 17 goals in 12 of his 13 seasons in the first division. His main skill was the use of aerial positions and excellent head blows, which earned him the nickname "Cabeça de Ouro" meaning "golden head".

He left Benfica at the age of 33 and retired from football a year later. Aguas died in Lisbon at the age of 70.

His honors with Benfica are:

  • Primeira Liga: 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63
  • Taça de Portugal: 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62
  • European Cup: 1960–61, 1961–62

And from the individual point of view, Aguas was Primeira Liga Top Scorer for 5 seasons, European Cup Top Scorer in 1960–61 season, and Taça de Portugal Top Scorer for 4 seasons.

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Nené.

#3 Nene

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Batista
  • Date of birth: 20 November 1949 (age 70)
  • Place of birth: Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
  • Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1968–1986: Benfica

With 359 total goals, the next player in the list of Benfica top goal scorers ever is Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Batista, better known as Nene, a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

He spent his entire career with Benfica and is one of the most popular legends of the club among his fans. Nene has made nearly 600 official appearances for the club, winning 19 titles with the club, a record that has not been broken in Portugal for several years.

His club honors with Benfica are as follows:

  • Primeira Divisão (10) : 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84
  • Taça de Portugal (7): 1969–70, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 1980, 1985

And from the individual point of view, Nene was Portuguese League Top Scorer in 1980–81 and 1983–84 seasons and Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1971.

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Jose Torres.

#4 José Torres

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: José Augusto Costa Sénica Torres
  • Date of birth: 8 September 1938
  • Place of birth: Torres Novas, Portugal
  • Date of death: 3 September 2010 (aged 71)
  • Place of death: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre forward

Senior career

  • 1957–1959: Torres Novas
  • 1959–1971: Benfica
  • 1971–1975: Vitória Setúbal
  • 1975–1980: Estoril

With 226 total goals, the next player of all-time top goal scorers in Benfica history is Jose Augusto Costa Sénica Torres, a former Portuguese player who played as a centre forward during his professional football career.

This tall and handsome player was nicknamed by his fans under the pseudonym "O Bom Gigante", meaning "The Kind Giant". He played professional football for 21 years, during which time he played for Benfica from 1959 to 1971.

Torres or Benfica won 13 major titles, which are:

  • Primeira Liga: 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71
  • Taça de Portugal: 1961–62, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70

And from the individual point of view, Torres was Primeira Liga Top scorer in 1962–63 season and European Cup Top scorer in 1964–65 season.

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Arsenio.

#5 Arsénio

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Arsénio Trindade Duarte
  • Date of birth: 16 October 1925
  • Place of birth: Barreiro, Portugal
  • Date of death: 11 February 1986 (aged 60)
  • Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Senior career

  • 1942–1943: Barreirense
  • 1943–1955: Benfica
  • 1955–1959: CUF
  • 1959–1960: Montijo
  • 1960–1962: Cova da Piedade
  • 1962–1963: Monte da Caparica

With 220 total goals, the next player of the list of Benfica all-time top scorers is Arsénio Trindade Duarte, simply known as Arsénio, a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

He played 16 seasons in the Portuguese Premier League (Primeira Liga), spending 12 seasons with Benfica. During that time at Benfica, he scored 360 goals in 446 games, including a hat-trick in a 7–2 home win over Sporting in 1946 and five goals against FC Porto in 1952 at the opening ceremony of the Das Antas Stadium.

He won ten major titles with Benfica, including:

  • Primeira Divisão: 1942–43, 1944–45, 1949–50
  • Taça de Portugal (6): 1942–43, 1943–44, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53
  • Latin Cup: 1950

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Rogerio Pipi.

#6 Rogério Pipi

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Rogério Lantres de Carvalho
  • Date of birth: 7 December 1922
  • Place of birth: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Date of death: 8 December 2019 (aged 97)
  • Playing position(s): Left winger, Forward

Senior career

  • Chelas
  • 1942–1947: Benfica
  • 1947: Botafogo
  • 1948–1952: Benfica
  • Oriental

With 205 total goals, the next player in the list of top scorers in Benfica of all time is Rogério Lantres de Carvalho, better known as Rogerio Pippi, a Portuguese footballer who played most of his career as a striker.

He played in the Portuguese Premier League for 12 seasons from 1942 to 1952, playing for Benfica for the rest of the season, except for a few months in 1947. He won ten major titles with Benfica, including:

  • Primeira Liga: 1942–43, 1944–45, 1949–50
  • Taça de Portugal (6): 1942–43, 1943–44, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53
  • Latin Cup: 1949–50

And from the individual point of view, he was Taça de Portugal Top scorer in 1950–51 and 1951–52 seasons.

The next place in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Julinho.

#7 Julinho

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Júlio Correia da Silva
  • Date of birth: 1 December 1919
  • Place of birth: Ramalde, Portugal
  • Date of death: 18 March 2010 (aged 90)
  • Place of death: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Senior career

  • 1934–1940: Boavista
  • 1940–1942: Académico
  • 1942–1953: Benfica

With 202 total goals, the next player in the list of Benfica highest goal scorers of all time is Julio Correia da Silva, better known as Julinho, a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

He played 13 seasons in the Portuguese Premier League, from which he played for Benfica for 11 seasons from 1942 to 1953. He was on the offensive line at the club, which included Mario Rui, Espirito Santo, Rogerio Pipi and Arsenio, who were dubbed "Os Cinco Diabos Vermelhos" which means "The Five Red Devils".

Julinho won six major titles with Benfica:

  • Primeira Liga: 1942–43, 1944–45, 1949–50
  • Taça de Portugal: 1942–43, 1943–44
  • Latin Cup: 1950

And from the individual point of view, he was Primeira Liga Top Scorer in 1942–43 and 1949–50 seasons, and Taça de Portugal Top Scorer in 1943–44 season.

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Jose Augusto.

#8 José Augusto

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: José Augusto Pinto de Almeida
  • Date of birth: 13 April 1937 (age 83)
  • Place of birth: Barreiro, Portugal
  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Playing position(s): Winger

Senior career

  • 1955–1959: Barreirense
  • 1959–1969: Benfica

With 175 total goals, the next player in the list of Benfica top goal scorers ever is José Augusto Pinto de Almeida, known as José Augusto, a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a right winger during his career. He worked as a manager for more than 30 years after his retirement.

He joined Benfica in the summer of 1959 and spent most of his career at the club. At Benfica, he was part of the club's legendary offensive line, which also included Mario Coluna, Eusebio, Antonio Simoes and Jose Torres. He won 13 championships with Benfthika, which are:

  • Primeira Liga (8): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69
  • Taça de Portugal: 1961–62, 1963–64, 1968–69
  • European Cup: 1960–61, 1961–62

And from the individual point of view, he was a player of World Soccer World XI in 1964 and 1965.

The next player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Oscar Cardozo.

#9 Óscar Cardozo

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Óscar René Cardozo Marín
  • Date of birth: 20 May 1983 (age 37)
  • Place of birth: Juan Eulogio Estigarribia, Paraguay
  • Height: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 2003–2004: 3 de Febrero
  • 2004–2006: Nacional Asunción
  • 2006–2007: Newell's Old Boys
  • 2007–2014: Benfica
  • 2014–2016: Trabzonspor
  • 2016–2017: Olympiacos
  • 2017–: Libertad

With 172 total goals, the next player of our list of all-time top goal scorers in Benfica history is Carscar René Cardozo Marín, a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker. He currently plays for Libertad Club and the Paraguayan national team.

Cardozo owes much of his fame to his powerful left-footed shots. He also has an amazing skill in free kicks, which has made him one of the best goal scorers in the history of Benfica.

He signed a €9.1 million deal with Benfica on June 21, 2007 for 80% of his playing rights, and became the second most expensive acquisition in the club's history. He has won eight major titles with the club:

  • Primeira Liga: 2009–10, 2013–14
  • Taça de Portugal: 2013–14
  • Taça da Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14

And from the individual point of view, he was Paraguayan Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009, Primeira Liga Top scorer in 2009–10 and 2011–12 seasons, Taça de Portugal Top scorer in 2007–08, 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons, and UEFA Europa League top scorer in 2009–10.

And finally, the last player in the list of Benfica top scorers of all time is Nuno Gomes.

#10 Nuno Gomes

Benfica top scorers of all time
  • Full name: Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro
  • Date of birth: 5 July 1976 (age 44)
  • Place of birth: Amarante, Portugal
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Senior career

  • 1994–1997: Boavista
  • 1997–2000: Benfica
  • 2000–2002: Fiorentina
  • 2002–2011: Benfica
  • 2011–2012: Braga
  • 2012–2013: Blackburn Rovers

With 166 total goals, the last player of our list of Benfica all-time top scorers is Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro, better known as Nuno Gomes, is a former Portuguese professional footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

Nuno Gomes was one of the most famous and trusted Portuguese strikers in the 1990s and 2000s, scoring both at club and national level. In addition to scoring many goals and his beautiful finishing shots, he provided numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates and was known for his assists.

He spent most of his career with Benfica, scoring 166 goals in 398 games over 12 seasons, winning six major titles with the club:

  • Primeira Liga: 2004–05, 2009–10
  • Taça de Portugal: 2003–04
  • Taça da Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11

And from the individual point of view, he was Primeira Liga Player of the Year in 1998–99 and 1999–2000, and SJPF Player of the Month in September 2005 and October 2005.

In this article we had a brief look on the highest goal scorers in Benfica of all time. In the articles we will review other top players of Benfica Club and their honors and achievements.

 

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