We have previously taken a look at the last 7 top scorers in a number of competitions and from a number of clubs, but two of the most requested that we haven’t yet done are the Champions League and the Europa League.
The Champions League scoring charts have been dominated by two players for more than a decade, meaning the seven would feature a number of retired players. For that reason, we are going to focus on the Europa League today, but we’re happy to do a Champions League video if the demand is there.
Here are the last 7 Europa League top scorers: Where are they now?
7. Aritz Aduriz – Athletic Bilbao
Whereas most of these sevens tend to have at least two or three multiple-time top scorers, meaning they take you back far more than seven seasons, the fact that teams and players tend not to be mainstays in the Europa League quite so often means there is much greater variance.
Aritz Aduriz is the only player in this seven to have been the Europa League’s top scorer twice. The first came in the 2015-16 season, when Aduriz bagged 10 goals, and the second was last season, when he was tied with the man up next on 8 goals apiece.
A 37-year-old workhorse who has been prolific since rejoining Athletic Bilbao in 2012, Aduriz is a late bloomer in the truest sense of the term.
6. Ciro Immobile – Lazio
A man who recently featured in our look at Jurgen Klopp’s last 7 signings as Borussia Dortmund manager, Ciro Immobile has been Serie A’s top scorer twice and the Europa League’s top scorer once, tied with Aduriz on 8 goals last season.
An instinctive goal-getting centre-forward who has scored 68 goals in 91 games since joining Lazio in 2016, Immobile’s goals helped the club reach the quarter-finals of the competition last season, where they were beaten 6-5 on aggregate by Red Bull Salzburg.
5. Edin Dzeko – Roma
The second Serie A striker in this seven already, Edin Dzeko struck eight times in Roma’s 2016-17 Europa League campaign. It was a tie once more at the top of the tournaments scoring charts that season, with both of the top scorers teams going out early at the round of 32 stage. Dzeko is a very effective front man who scores plenty of goals and provides a real presence spearheading an attack. Now aged 32, Dzeko has averaged better than a goal every other game in Italy, and Roma rebuffed attempts by Chelsea to sign the Bosnian last January.
4. Giuliano – Al Nassr
The man who was tied with Edin Dzeko at the top of the 2016-17 Europa League scoring charts was Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Giuliano de Paula, better known simply as Giuliano. A sharp-shooting attacking midfielder with a real knack of arriving into the box at the perfect moment, Giuliano scored as many goals in the Europa League as he did in the Russian Premier League during his season and a bit with Zenit. He left the club for Fenerbahce in 2017, and now plays for Al Nassr of the Saudi Professional League.
3. Alan Carvalho – Guangzhou Evergrande
Not too dissimilar to Giuliano, Alan Carvalho is a Brazilian who made a habit of scoring goals in one of Europe’s slightly less illustrious leagues before departing to earn shedloads in Asia. Alan was the Europa League’s joint top scorer with 8 goals in the 2014-15 season, a campaign in which he ended with 36 goals in all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg. A skillful centre-forward with good technique, Alan joined Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015, and he is now reportedly the best paid Alan in world football.
2. Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
Alan didn’t have it all his own way back in the 14-15 campaign though, and tied with him on 8 goals was a young Belgian centre-forward by the name of Romelu Lukaku. Then starring for Everton in his first season permanently contracted to the club, Lukaku netted 8 times in 9 Europa League games for the Toffees. Lukaku spent a further two seasons at Goodison Park, before being reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho at current club Manchester United in a deal worth £75 million.
1. Jonathan Soriano – Beijing Sinobo Guoan
A rare outright Europa League top scorer, Jonathan Soriano is the second player in this seven to top the competitions scoring charts with Red Bull Salzburg. A tremendous servant to the Austrian outfit for five years, Soriano bagged 172 goals in 202 games for the Red Bulls. A really inventive and clinical goal scorer, Soriano has been even more prolific since heading to China in 2017. He scored 19 goals in 20 games for Beijing Sinobo Guoan last season, and the Spaniard has managed 6 in 6 so far this term.