Who is the all-time Serie A top goalscorer?

Former Lazio and Juventus striker Silvio Piola remains Serie A's greatest ever scorer and his record 280 goals is showing no signs of being surpassed any time soon. But just how big is his lead at the top of the scoring charts?

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Despite its reputation for developing some of the finest defenders to ever grace the game, Serie A has had more than its fair share of elite-level strikers and those who have stuck around long enough in Italian football have racked up goals into the hundreds.

Whilst the likes of Francesco Totti, Gunnar Nordahl, and Giuseppe Meazza are amongst the top flight’s most prestigious and prolific attackers, there is one man who stands above all others on the podium of Serie A‘s top scorers of all time.

Alessandro Del Piero. (Photo: Getty)

Who is Serie A’s all-time record goalscorer?

With an incredible 274 goals to his name, Lazio great Silvio Piola holds that distinction and the former Italy international has firmly established himself as one of Serie A‘s greatest ever players.

Pro Vercelli and Lazio superstar

The Robbio-native made his professional debut for Pro Vercelli as a 16-year-old in February 1930 before netting 13 goals in his first full season with the club, with his precocious talent blossoming at a stadium that would eventually adorn his name.

Having scored his maiden goal against Lazio, the young talent would enjoy another record-breaking achievement as he scored six goals in a 7-2 win over Fiorentina in 1933, a feat that is shared with Juventus icon Omar Sivori.

A total of four full seasons at the club saw him score 51 goals in 127 appearances, but it was a transfer to Lazio in 1934 that saw Piola rack up the phenomenal numbers that allowed him to become Italian football’s most prolific scorer.

Making the move to Rome, Piola hit the ground running immediately with 21 goals in his debut season, and would only fail to reach double-figures once in his nine campaigns with the Albiceleste.

Indeed, only Ciro Immobile has scored more league goals for Lazio than the 149 Piola struck. Whilst the Aquile captain is the only player currently plying his trade in Serie A that comes anywhere close to the all-time record, he is still a daunting 80 goals behind Piola and the 33-year-old has a fight on his hands to even come close to that.

Piola holds off Totti for record

Francesco Totti. (@ASRomaEN)

After such a prolific spell in the Italian capital, Piola joined Juventus following the Second World War and added a further 26 goals to his tally across two seasons, before ending his career with a seven-year stint at Novara, with the first of those being in Serie B.

The capocannoniere winner in 1936 and 1943, Piola also enjoyed a fine international career and struck 30 goals in 34 caps for Italy, lifting the World Cup in 1938.

AS Roma legend Francesco Totti, with 250 goals, is the closest anyone has come to matching Piola‘s 284, and the Italian Football Hall of Fame inductee’s record is showing no sign of being broken any time soon.

Top 10: Serie A all-time goalscorers

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile during his 36-goal season in 2019/20. [Getty]
  1. Silvio Piola – 274 goals – Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus, Novara.
  2. Francesco Totti – 250 goals – AS Roma.
  3. Gunnar Nordahl – 225 goals – AC Milan, Roma.
  4. Giuseppe Meazza – 216 goals – Inter, Milan, Juventus.
  5. Jose Altafini – 216 goals – Milan, Napoli, Juventus.
  6. Antonio Di Natale – 209 goals – Empoli, Udinese.
  7. Roberto Baggio – 205 goals – Fiorentina, Juventus, Milan, Bologna, Inter, Brescia.
  8. Ciro Immobile* – 194 goals – Juventus, Genoa, Torino, Lazio.
  9. Kurt Hamrin – 190 goals – Juventus, Padova, Fiorentina, Milan, Napoli.
  10. Giuseppe Signori – 188 goals – Foggia, Lazio, Sampdoria, Bologna
    =10. Alessandro Del Piero – 188 goals – Juventus
    =10. Alberto Gilardino – 188 goals – Piacenza, Hellas Verona, Parma, Milan, Fiorentina, Genoa, Bologna, Palermo, Empoli, Pescara.

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