The top scorer in Europa League history - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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The highest scorers in Europa League history

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrote his name into the record books as the top scorer in Europa League history this month.

The forward’s goal in Marseille’s win over Shakhtar Donetsk saw him move outright top of the rankings, since the competition’s rebrand from the UEFA Cup ahead of the 2009/10 campaign.

Europe’s secondary competition might not always get the attention of the Champions League, but the Europa League remains a fascinating continental competition with this season’s edition heating up.

Following Aubameyang’s record-setting goal, we’ve ranked the top scorers in Europa League history.

The highest scorers in Europa League history:

Munas Dabbur – 24 goals

The Israel international proved to be a reliable source of goals during a long career in European football, with the bulk of his haul scored at Red Bull Salzburg.

Dabbur scored 72 goals in 128 appearances for the Austrian side in all competitions, including an impressive return of 20 European goals in his three seasons with Salzburg.

He signed for Sevilla after leaving Salzburg and struggled to make an impact in Spain, though contributed to the club’s 2019/20 Europa League triumph with three goals in six appearances.

Romelu Lukaku – 26 goals

Romelu Lukaku has built a brilliant record in the Europa League, scoring 26 times in the competition for four different clubs.

Lukaku made his debut in the competition at Anderlecht and has since represented Everton, Inter Milan and Roma in the Europa League. The Belgian reached the final with Inter in 2019/20 and scored at both ends in the 3-2 final defeat to Sevilla, with his own goal being the difference between the sides in Cologne.

The 31-year-old will now be aiming to help Roma to Europa League success after the Italian side finished as runners-up last season.

Aritz Aduriz – 26 goals

Artiz Aduriz is level with Lukaku on 26 goals, though sits ahead of the Belgian on goals-per-game.

The Spanish striker was one of football’s great late bloomers and produced the best football of his career at Athletic Bilbao, scoring 149 times after rejoining the Basque side at age 31.

In 2016, he became the first player to score five goals in a Europa League game against Genk, while he finished as the Europa League’s leading scorer in 2015/16 and 2017/18.

Radamel Falcao – 30 goals

The greatest footballer in Europa League history? It’s hard to argue against Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian centre-forward played just two seasons in the Europa League, back-to-back, though ended each as the tournament’s top scorer and with the trophy in his hands.

First, Falcao was the inspiration behind Porto’s treble success under André Villas-Boas in 2010/11. He scored 18 goals in 16 games in the competition, including a hat-trick against Spartak Moscow in the quarter-finals and four goals in the semi-final win over Villarreal.

In the final, it was El Tigre’s goal that settled an all-Portuguese decider against Braga in Dublin.

Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid in a €50m deal and scored 70 goals in 91 appearances across two seasons in the Spanish capital. His debut campaign ended with a second successive Europa League title, with Falcao scoring twice in the 3-0 final win over Athletic Bilbao.

He ended the 2011/12 season with 12 goals in the Europa League and boasts an overall total of 30 in 31 appearances.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 31 goals

Aubameyang’s equaliser helped Marseille come from behind to beat Shakhtar Donetsk this month, earning the French side a place in the last 16.

The Gabon international’s goal was his 31st in the Europa League, scored over spells with Lille, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Barcelona and Marseille.

The 34-year-old has been excellent since signing for Marseille in the summer, scoring 18 times in all competitions including seven in seven Europa League games.

His 31st goal also took him level with former Celtic star Henrik Larsson for the most goals ever scored in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (group stage to final).

Read – Noughties Nines: Henrik Larsson – Celtic’s King of Kings

See more – Five of football’s best consolation goals

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