Europa League Top Scorers – View All-Time Leading Goalscorers & by Season

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We have the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League top scorers on this very page. It may be European club football’s secondary competition behind the Champions League but some players embraced the continental stage anyway.

Rebranding to the Europa League from the start of the 2009-10 season, the old UEFA Cup dates back to 1971. Over the next 40 years or so, it has produced a number of sides that seem to specialise in winning it. Get the lowdown on Europa League top scorers right here.

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All Time Europa League Top Scorers

Henrik Larsson heads Europa League top scorers of all-time

Despite playing second fiddle on the Champions League top scorers in terms of kudos and prestige, goals still propel players and teams to a European trophy in this competition. The Europa League top scorers of all-time include some modern greats and genuine legends of the beautiful game in their respective countries.

Some footballers have even straddled both eras of the competition, first turning out in the UEFA Cup only to play in the rebranded competition after 2009. Coming into the 2022-23 edition, the 10 Europa League top scorers ever all had over 25 goals. These include those netted in qualifying rounds or play-offs.

Rank Player Nationality Clubs Years Goals
1 Henrik Larsson Sweden Feyenoord, Celtic, Helsingborgs 1994-2009 40
2 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherlands Heerenveen, Ajax, Schalke 04 2004-2020 34
3 Alfredo Morelos Colombia HJK Helsinki, Rangers 2016-present 32
4= Aritz Aduriz Spain Valencia, Athletic Bilbao 2011-2018 31
4= Radamel Falcao Colombia Porto, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray 2009-2022 31
6 Dieter Muller Germany FC Koln, VfB Stuttgart, Bordeaux 1973-1985 29
7= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon Lille, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Barcelona 2009-present 27
7= Shota Arvelazde Georgia Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax, Rangers, AZ Alkmaar  1993-2007 27
7= Vagner Love Brazil CSKA Moscow, Besiktas, Kairat 2004-2021 27
10 Mu’nas Dabbur Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv, Red Bull Salzburg, Grasshopper, Sevilla, Hoffenheim 2011-2021 26

Europa League top scorers all time list covers both the UEFA Cup (1971-2009) and current era of the competition (2009-present day) with goals in qualifying and play-offs counting. Correct as of 1 August 2022.

Europa League Top Scorers History by Season

The change of competition name from UEFA Cup to Europa League in 2009 was a watershed. Extra incentive to score goals soon came in when it was announced from the 2014-15 campaign that the winners would go into the following season’s Champions League group stage automatically.

This has certainly helped to improve the calibre of player featuring among Europa League top scorers each and every year since a spot in the elite competition was introduced. A few on the list will be familiar to fans of Premier League betting, so here they all are from 2009 onwards:

Season Player(s) Nationality Club(s) Goals
2009-10 Oscar Cardozo Paraguay Benfica 9
Claudio Pizarro Peru Werder Bremen 9
2010-11 Radamel Falcao Colombia FC Porto 17
2011-12 Radamel Falcao Colombia Atletico Madrid 12
2012-13 Libor Kozak Czech Republic Lazio 8
2013-14 Jonathan Soriano Spain Red Bull Salzburg 8
2014-15 Romelu Lukaku Belgium Everton 8
Alan Carvalho Brazil Red Bull Salzburg 8
2015-16 Aritz Aduriz Spain Athletic Bilbao 10
2016-17 Edin Dzeko Bosnia & Herzegovina Roma 8
Giuliano de Paula Brazil Zenit St Petersburg 8
2017-18 Aritz Aduriz Spain Athletic Bilbao 8
Ciro Immobile Italy Lazio 8
2018-19 Olivier Giroud France Chelsea 11
2019-20 Bruno Fernandes Portugal Sporting Lisbon & Manchester United 8
2020-21 Borja Mayoral Spain Roma 7
Gerard Moreno Spain Villarreal 7
Pizzi Portugal Benfica 7
Yusuf Yazici Turkey Lille 7
2021-22 James Tavernier England Rangers 7

UEFA Cup Top Scorers in the 1970s

Looking back on UEFA Cup / Europa League top scorers from the competition’s early years, those who topped the charts largely played for West German Bundesliga teams or clubs in the Dutch Eredivisie. The number goals needed to get the Golden Boot had a high bar set right from the very start, as this table shows:

Season Player(s) Nationality Club Goals
1971-72 Ludwig Brundl West Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 10
1972-73 Jupp Heynckes West Germany Borussia Monchengladbach 12
Jan Jeuring Netherlands FC Twente 12
1973-74 Lex Schoenmaker Netherlands Feyenoord 11
1974-75 Jupp Heynckes West Germany Borussia Monchengladbach 10
1975-76 Ruud Geels Netherlands Ajax 14
1976-77 Stan Bowles England Queens Park Rangers 11
1977-78 Gerrie Deijkers Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 8
Raimondo Ponte Switzerland Grasshopper Zurich 8
1978-79 Allan Simonsen Denmark Borussia Monchengladbach 9

UEFA Cup Top Scorers in the 1980s

The 1980s saw a more diverse crop of UEFA Cup / Europa League top scorers than the early years. Swedish side Gothenburg were a force to be reckoned with during this decade. Sharing the Golden Boot became a common occurrence at this time with the high standards set in the 1970s by the West Germans and Dutch declining, as the table below demonstrates:

Season Player(s) Nationality Club Goals
1979-80 Dieter Hoeness West Germany Bayern Munich 7
Harald Nickel West Germany Borussia Monchengladbach 7
1980-81 John Wark Scotland Ipswich Town 14
1981-82 Torbjorn Nilsson Sweden IFK Gothenburg 9
1982-83 Zoran Filipovic Yugoslavia Benfica 8
1983-84 Tibor Nyilasi Hungary Austria Vienna 9
1984-85 Edin Bahtic Yugoslavia Zeljo Sarajevo 7
Gary Bannister England Queens Park Rangers 7
1985-86 Klaus Allofs West Germany FC Cologne 9
1986-87 Paulinho Cascavel Brazil Vitoria de Guimaraes 5
Peter Houtman Netherlands FC Groningen 5
Jari Rantanen Finland IFK Gothenburg 5
Wim Kieft Netherlands Torino 5
1987-88 Kenneth Brylle Larsen Denmark Club Brugge 6
Dimitris Saravakos Greece Panathinaikos 6
1988-89 Torsten Gutschow East Germany Dynamo Dresden 7

UEFA Cup Top Scorers in the 1990s

While the list of UEFA Cup / Europa League top scorers in the 1990s still has a traditional look to it with German names aplenty, this decade belonged to the Serie A teams from neighbouring Italy across the Alps. Between 1989 and 1999, Italian football clubs won eight of the 11 finals. Some big names start appearing on the list of leading marksmen from the 90s too:

Season Player(s) Nationality Club Goals
1989-90 Karl-Heinz Riedle West Germany Werder Bremen 6
Falko Gotz East Germany FC Cologne  6
1990-91 Rudi Voller Germany Roma 10
1991-92 Dean Saunders Wales Liverpool 9
1992-93 Gerald Baticle France AJ Auxerre 8
1993-94 Edgar Schmitt Germany Karlsruher SC 8
Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Inter Milan 8
1994-95 Ulf Kirsten Germany Bayer Leverkusen 10
1995-96 Jurgen Klinsmann Germany Bayern Munich 15
1996-97 Maurizio Ganz Italy Inter Milan 8
1997-98 Stephane Guivarc’h France AJ Auxerre 7
1998-99 Enrico Chiesa Italy Parma 8
Darko Kovacevic Serbia & Montenegro Real Sociedad 8
Tomasz Kulawik Poland Wisla Krakow 8

UEFA Cup Top Scorers in the 2000s

Up until the rebrand from the UEFA Cup and we have to refer to the players with most goals as Europa League top scorers, more South American names appear on the list. The 2000s reflects the increased internationalisation of European football. Remember some of these cult heroes from the start of the new millennium? Our table will remind you of them:

Season Player(s) Nationality Club Goals
1999-00 Darko Kovacevic Serbia & Montenegro Juventus 10
2000-01 Dimitar Berbatov Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 7
Bolo Spain Rayo Vallecano 7
2001-02 Pierre van Hooijdonk Netherlands Feyenoord 8
2002-03 Delrei Brazil FC Porto 12
2003-04 Sonny Anderson Brazil Villarreal 6
2004-05 Alan Shearer England Newcastle United 11
2005-06 Matias Delgado Argentina FC Basel 9
2006-07 Walter Pandiani Uruguay RCD Espanyol 11
2007-08 Pavel Pogrebnyak Russia Zenit St Petersburg 10
Luca Toni Italy Bayern Munich 10
2008-09 Vagner Love Brazil CSKA Moscow 11

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