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Serie A Top Scorers in 2020-21 Season

Mon 11 October 2021 | 11:30

What is quite obvious about Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season is that they reaped more goals than Bundesliga and Premier League top scorers in the previous season (2020-21), in fact, considering the goals the first ten top scorers in each league scored. So, how many goals did they score?

The answer is 205 vs 168 goals of Premier League and 199 goals of Bundesliga. So, with just a rule of thumb, Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season have been more fruitful, though not by far.

Just like Bundesliga, Serie A also didn’t have not so many Italian footballers among its top scorers in the previous season. In fact, the Italian Serie A top goal scorers in 2020-21 season were only 3 which is actually near one third of the first 10 top scorers of the Italian major league. And there are also names among them like Ciro Immobile, Joao Pedro, and Lautaro Martinez who are among Serie A top scorers in 2021-22, in fact, to this date (September 28, 2021).

A List of Serie A Top Scorers in 2020-21 Season

As mentioned above, there are players among Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season who have also been among

Serie A top scorers in 2021-22

season, till this date in fact, but they don’t actually top the list of Italian major league top scorers in the previous season (2020-21). Guess who?! Let’s see if you’re guess is right.

Cristiano Ronaldo (29 Goals)

It seems scoring in Serie A is somehow or other harder than in

Bundesliga

; the top Portuguese footballer and the five-time winner of Ballon d’Or trophy, Cristiano Ronaldo, only managed to score 29 goals in the Italian top-tier league’s previous season, while his peer, Robert Lewandoski, scored 41 goals within Budnesliga in the same season. However, we are neither to comparing these two top footballers nor how hard scoring is in Bundesliga or Serie A in this post; let’s see what Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring stats are in the previous season (2020-21).

Ronaldo scored 29 goals in 33 appearances during Serie A past season (2020-21) which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.87 meaning that he scored more than 2.5 goals (exactly 2.61) in every three appearances he made within the Italian major league and for his side, Juventus. Ronaldo has also the highest goal-to-appearance ratio on the list of Serie A top scorers in 2021-22 season - at least among the first 10 top scorers of the Italian major league - which means he’s truly the previous season top scorer.

Also, if you take only non-penalty goals into consideration, again, Ronaldo remains at top with 23 goals; he actually scored 6 penalty goals in the past season, and although it’s the second high compared to the number of penalties the first 10 Serie A top scorers scored in the previous season, that hasn’t brought him down on the list with his non-penalty goals still higher than others on the list.

And 29 goals is not Ronaldo’s best goalscoring record in a single season since even within Serie A he has a better record: 31 goals in the same number of appearances in 2019-20 season not to mention that when he was at the peak of his play, he also registered 48 and 46 goals in a single season; actually in 2014-15 and 2011-12 seasons, respectively, when he was with

Real Madrid

.

Romelu Lukaku (24 Goals)

Maybe not as celebrated as Ronaldo, but Romelu Lukaku scored enough goals in the previous season to finish second on the list of

Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season

. He actually scored 24 goals in 36 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.66 meaning that the 28-year-old Belgian forward scored almost two goals (exactly 1.98) in every three appearances he made within Serie A in the previous season.

However, from all the 24 goals Lukaku scored in the previous season 6 were scored from the penalty spot which means he only scored 18 non-penalty goals. In that respect, he’s behind the next fellow on the list, Luis Muriel, who scored 20 non-penalty goals, and should be on the 3rd position, but he’s still in front of the rest of the list - at least up to the 10th position - concerning his non-penalty goals. And we should say that Lukaku has spent only two seasons within Serie A from the start of his career; actually the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons when he served Inter Milan and with almost the same goalscoring records in both seasons - he scored 23 goals in 2019-20 and 24 goals in 2020-21 season both in 33 appearances.

Luis Muriel (20 Goals)

Occupying the third position on the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season, Luis Muriel is a 30-year-old Colombian forward who’s been serving the Serie A club,

Atalanta

, since 2019. We can say Muriel’s goalscoring talent has bloomed since he has joined Atalanta, and that you will admit if you know that the number of goals he scored for Atalanta both in 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons - 18 and 22, respectively - are alone higher than the total number of goals he scored for each of the clubs he served during his career. The total number of goals Muriel has scored for other clubs during his career has never surpassed 17 within league and 20 across all competitions, it is as the total number of goals he has scored for Atalanta are 41 within league and 46 across all competitions.

Ok, let’s see how Muriel’s goalscoring stats are in the previous season:

Muriel

scored 22 goals in 36 appearances in the previous season which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.61 meaning that the 30-year-old Colombian forward scored a little bit more than 3 goals (exactly 3.05) in every 5 appearances that he made within Serie A in the past season. And from all his 22 goals actually 2 were scored from the penalty spot which means he scored 20 non-penalty goals in the same season.

Dusan Vlahovic (21 Goals)

Fiorentina’s 21-year-old forward, Dusan Vlahovic, is actually our next footballer on the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season. He’s been serving Fiorentina since 2018 and during this time he’s never been as fruitful as in 2020-21 season. This you will admit if you know that the number of goals he scored for Fiorentina in the previous season and in only seven more appearances are more than three times higher than the number of goals he scored for the Italian club in 2019-20 season: 21 vs only 6 goals and he also made 10 appearances for Fiorentina in 2018-19 season but scored no goals for them.

Vlahovic scored all his 21 goals for Fiorentina in 2020-21 season in 37 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.56 meaning that the 21-year-old Serbian forward scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.12) in every two appearances that he made for the Lilies. And from among 21 goals that he scored for Fiorentina in the past season 6 were scored from the penalty spot meaning that he only scored 15 non-penalty goals. If we sort the players on the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season based on the non-penalty goals they have scored, then Vlahovic falls one position lower to actually 5th position replaced by the next footballer on the list, Ciro Immobile, who scored 16 non-penalty goals during the past season.

Ciro Immobile (20 Goals)

The first footballer among

Italian Serie A top goal scorers in 2020-21 season

who also became the Italian major league top scorer in 2019-20 season with 36 goals, Ciro Immobile is Lazio’s 31-year-old forward with 156 goals to his name in the 226 appearances that he made for the Italian club. With 16 goals less than 2019-20 season, it’s quite obvious that Immobile did not live up to expectations in the previous season (2020-21), however, the number of goals he scored in the same season was enough to get him on the 5th position on the list and also make him the top scorer among the Italian Serie A top goal scorers in 2020-21 season.

As you might have guessed, it’s not Immobile’s best record since he’s been playing in

Serie A

. He scored 29 and 23 goals in 2017-18 and 2016-17 seasons, respectively, in almost the same number of appearances that he made in 2020-21 season. As you see, 2019-20 season was actually Immobile’s best season within Serie A. He not only became the top scorer of the same season with 36 goals but also equaled the record of most goals scored in a single Serie A season with that number of goals. He also became Serie A Best Forward and Lazio Player of the Season and won the European Golden Shoe in the same season.

But, in the previous season (2020-21), Immobile managed to score only 20 goals in 35 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.57 meaning that he scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.14) in every two appearances that he made within Serie A in the past season - still better than some other players on the list. From among all the 20 goals Immobile scored in the previous season 4 were scored from the penalty spot which means he only scored 16 non-penalty goals during the past season.

Simeon Nwankwo (20 Goals)

The only African footballer among the first 10 Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season, Simeon Nwankwo is Crotone’s 29-year-old Nigerian forward who’s been serving the club since 2016 and have been on loan to Serie-A-recently-promoted club,

Salernitana

. Nwankwo has actually scored the most number of penalties among Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season: 8 penalties out of a total of 20 goals which decreases the non-penalty goals he scored during the past season to 12 but lowers his position only by one on the list since the rest of the other players on the list - at least up to 10th position - have scored the same number of non-penalty goals or even lower during the past season, indeed, except for Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan, who scored 15 non-penalty goals in the same season.

And Nwankwo scored all his 20 goals in the previous season (2020-21) in 38 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.52 meaning that the 29-year-old Nigerian forward scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.04) in every two appearances that he made within Serie A during the past season.

This is actually his best record not only concerning the number of goals he has scored in a single season but also concerning his goal-to-appearance ratio in a single season since he’s been playing in Serie A (2016) or on a larger scale since the start of his career in 2011, indeed, only within league level and not across all competitions, though his goalscoring records in all competitions are almost the same as his league level ones except for his record in 2019-20 season where he scored 21 goals across all competitions and in

Serie B

.

Lorenzo Insigne (19 Goals)

And here comes the second Italian footballer on the list of

Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season

: Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli’s 30-year-old winger who managed to score 19 goals in 35 appearances during the past season (2020-21) which means he scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.08) in every two appearances within Serie A - league level indeed - and for his side, Napoli. This is actually his best record with Napoli and since he’s a one-club man - if we don’t actually consider his loan periods to other teams from Napoli, this is his best record since the start of his career in 2009.

And from the 19 goals Insigne scored in the past season 7 were scored from the penalty spot which means he only scored 12 non-penalty goals during the same period and is no better than Simeon Nwankwo or other footballers below him on the list, except for Lautaro Martinez and at least to 10th position, concerning the non-penalty goals he scored in 2020-21 season.

Domenico Berardi (17 Goals)

Another of Italian Serie A top goal scorers in 2020-21 season, Domenico Berardi is a 27-year-old forward who’s been serving Sassuolo since 2015. He has actually served only two clubs since the start of his career - indeed to this date - which are Juventus and Sassuolo. If we are to be more precise, we should say only one club because in the two seasons he was with

Juventus

, he didn’t make even a single appearance for them. And his goalscoring record in 2020-21 season is actually his best record since the start of his career. In that season, he scored 17 goals in his 30 appearances within Serie A league level which means he scored a little bit more than one goal (exactly 1.12) in every two appearances that he made in the past season.

From among all the 17 goals

Berardi

scored in the previous season 7 were scored from the penalty spot which means he only scored 10 non-penalty goals. With that record, if we just sort the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season based on non-penalty goals, then Berardi will fall to the last position on the list (10th), and if we just continue on the list, the actual position of Berardi should be 24th based on the non-penalty goals he scored in 2020-21 season.

Lautaro Martinez (17 Goals)

Inter Milan’s 24-year-old forward, Lautaro Martinez, also scored 17 goals in 2020-21 season but including less penalty goals which means he scored more non-penalty goals in the same season. From all the 17 goals Martinez scored within Serie A in 2020-21 season only 2 were scored from the penalty spot which makes his non-penalty goals 15, and based on that, he should be on the 6th position on the list instead of 9th.

And Martinez scored all his 17 goals in 2020-21 season in 38 appearances which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.44 meaning that he scored a little bit more than three goals (exactly 3.08) in every seven appearances that he made during the past season and within Serie A - league level only. Just like Berardi, that record of 17 goals is also Martinez’s best goalscoring record since the start of his career in 2015. He has only served two clubs in his career, indeed, up until now, which are Racing Club and Inter Milan, with better goalscoring records for the former: 22 goals in 48 appearances vs 42 goals in 106 appearances for the latter - till this date (October 3, 2021) and only at league level.

Joao Pedro (16 Goals)

And here comes a Brazilian footballer on the list of

Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season

: Joao Pedro, Cagliari’s 29-year-old attacking midfielder who’s been serving the club since 2014. Pedro scored a total of 16 goals in the 38 appearances that he made for Cagliari within Serie A and at league level which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.42 meaning that the 29-year-old Brazilian footballer scored a little bit more than two goals (exactly 2.1) in every five league appearances for the Red and Blues. And from among all the 16 goals

Pedro

scored in the past season (2020-21) 4 were scored from the penalty spot which makes his non-penalty goals 12.

The List of Serie A Top Scorers in 2020-21 Season Based on Non-Penalty Goals

If we sort the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season based on the non-penalty goals they scored in the same season, here are the results . The list only contains the first 10 footballers on the list as were mentioned in this post. And just to tell you the truth, the top Swedish footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, actually occupies the 11th position on the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season considering both his penalty and non-penalty goals (15), however, if we just take his non-penalty goals into consideration (12), he should be somewhere at the bottom of the list of Serie A top scorers in 2020-21 season.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Non-Penalty Goals: 23, Penalties: 6, Total: 29

  • Luis Muriel, Non-Penalty Goals: 20, Penalties: 2, Total: 22

  • Romelu Lukaku, Non-Penalty Goals: 18, Penalties: 6, Total: 24

  • Ciro Immobile, Non-Penalty Goals: 16, Penalties: 4, Total: 20

  • Lautaro Martinez, Non-Penalty Goals: 15, Penalties: 2, Total: 17

  • Dusan Vlahovic, Non-Penalty Goals: 15, Penalties: 6, Total: 21

  • Joao Pedro, Non-Penalty Goals: 12, Penalties: 4, Total: 16

  • Lorenzo Insigne, Non-Penalty Goals: 12, Penalties: 7, Total: 19

  • Simeon Nwankwo, Non-Penalty Goals: 12, Penalties: 8, Total: 20

  • Domenico Berardi, Non-Penalty Goals: 10, Penalties: 7, Total: 17

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