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Who Kicked The Most Goals in One Game?

There is a long list of players who have scored most goals in a football game although it could be any category. This list is full of the players who have netted many goals in a single game be it a first class match or full professional match for a club or a country.

Currently, the holder of record for most international player with most goals in one game is Archie Thompson who scored 13 goals against American Samoa in Australia’s 31-0 triumph during 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification. David Zdrillic came second for scoring 8 goals. 

Interestingly, women players also didn’t stay behind in this race. In November 2022, Shokhan Nooraldin Salihi scored 15 goals in a single match for Al-Hilal against Sama in the 2022-23 Saudi Women’s Premier League.

Apparently, Al-Hilal emerged as the winner , beating Sama 18-0. Well, this wasn’t her first record as she broke the previous record of Malika-e-Noor and Hacene Lalmas for scoring most goals in one game with 14 each.

This list consists of some of the best prolific footballers who have been a part of the most prolific European football leagues. But astonishingly, the top scorers per game in top flight European football leagues such as Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga have so lower goal tallies.

For instance the highest score per game is seven in England and Spain while it’s reduced to six in Germany and Italy. Among all these leagues, the last player to score seven goals in a game was Laszio Kubala in 1952 for FC Barcelona. 

Most successful players in World to kick most goals in one game

This is probably one of the most interesting questions to be asked in a football quiz as many people might not know its answer.

Most of the people are very well aware of the leading goalscorer of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo but someone scarcely noticed the best scorer per game.

Let’s take a look at it today and we’ll find out who is included in the list of most successful scorers per game in a UEFA or CONMEBOL club competition.

MascarenhasSporting CP5
Lothar EmmerichBorussia Dortmund6
Kiril MilanovLevski Sofia6
Eldar HadzimehmedovicLyn6
Julian AlvarezRiver Plate6
Peter OsgoodChelsea5
Lionel MessiBarcelona5
Luiz AdrianoShakhtar Donetsk5
Aritz AdurizAthletic Bilbao5
  1. Mascarenhas Mascarenhas 

The infamous European soccer player has actually made the record for netting most goals in one game for one of the most popular clubs, Sporting CP. On November 13, 1963 Mascarenhas scored a total of 5 goals in a 16-1 match for Sporting against APOEL in UEFA Cup Winners Cup. 

  1. Lothar EmmerichLothar Emmerich

Chronologically, Lothar Emmerich is the second international player to make a place in this list with six goals in a game. On October 10, 1965, Emmerich scored a total of 6 goals in a 8-0 match with Borussia Dortmund against Floriana in UEFA Cup Winners Cup.


  1. Kiril MilanovKiril Milanov

Kiril Milanov has scored the same number of goals as Emmerich but years after he did. The Levski Sofia soccer player netted 6 goals in a 12-2 match against Lahden Reipas in UEFA Cup on September 16, 1976. 



  1. Eldar HadzimehmedovicEldar Hadzimehmedovic

As you have seen in the list, the Lyn player Eldar Hadzimehmedovic comes at fourth place in the list in terms of the time he scored six goals at. Hadzimehmedovic achieved this milestone on August 28, 2003 in a 6-0 game against NSI Runavik in qualifying round of UEFA Cup. 


  1. Julian AlvarezJulian Alvarez

One of the most successful players in UEFA, Julian Alvarez netted six goals in a match on May 25, 2022. He is the most recent player to score six goals in a single 8-1 match for River Plate against Alianza Lima in Copa Libertadores.


  1. Peter OsgoodPeter Osgood

One of the best players of Chelsea, Peter Osgood made this record in 1971. On September 28, 1971, in the first round of UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, Osgood scored a total of 5 goals in 13-0 match for Chelsea against Jeunesse Hautcharage. 


  1. Lionel MessiLionel Messi

Widely regarded as one of the greatest football legends of all time, Lionel Messi has spent more than half of his career playing for Barcelona and there he won most the of the awards and titles of his life.

The Argentinian captain also became one of the top players to score most goals in one game during his time with Barcelona when on March 7, 2012, he scored 5 goals in 7-1 match against Bayer Leverkusen in UEFA Champions League.

  1. Luiz AdrianoLuiz Adriano

On October 21, 2014, Luiz Adriano scored a total of 5 goals in a 7-0 match for Shakhtar Donestk against BATE Borisov in UEFA champions league becoming one of the few players to score most goals in a single game.


  1. Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz

The proud player of Atletico Bilbao won 5 goals in a single game on November 3, 2016. Aritz Aduriz scored this milestone in a 5-3 match for Atletic Bilbao against Genk in UEFA Champions League. 

Australia: Top scorers per game

Here we have two lists of successful scorers per game in the Australian Men’s national league match and FFS Cup match respectively. 

Pat Brodnik6Wollongong WolvesWest AdelaideMarch 14, 1990
Ivan kelic6Melbourne KnightsWollongong MacedoniaMarch 24, 1991
Zlatko Nastevski5Marconi StallionsSt GeorgeNovember 17, 1989
Archie Thompson5Melbourne VictoryAdelaide UnitedFebruary 18, 2007
Jamie Maclaren5Melbourne CityMelbourne VictoryApril 17, 2021



Bobo4SydneyShamrock Rovers DarwinAugust 2, 2017
Matt Sim4Central Coast MarinersPalm BeachOctober 14, 2014


When it comes to the international games, we mostly take Europe in consideration only. But now that we are going through domestic league best performances, lets not forget about the most successful heroes of Domestic Championship.

Paul Nwachukwu6Dhaka MohammedanRahmatganj MFSApril 13, 2007
Enamul Haque5Farashganj SCKhulna AbahaniJanuary 15, 2009
Jahid Hasan Ameli5Dhaka MohammedanArambagh KSApril 13, 2010
Mithun Chowdhury5Sheikh Russel KCUttar BaridharaJune 15, 2014


Lets take a look at the most successful scorers per game in a Belgian first division match before we move forward to another country.

  • Flor Lambrechts holds the record for most goals in a Belgian first division match with 7 goals for Antwerp against Berchem Sport that ultimately led them to 11-0 victory on November 10, 1935.
  • Wesley Sonck is the second best scorer per game with 6 goals in a 9-0 match for Genk against Mechelen on November 23, 2002. 
  • Michael Frey netted 5 goals in a single match on August 8, 2021 for Antwerp against Standard Liege. 


As Brazil is the country with most World Cup win, it becomes more significant to have a look at the top scorers of its domestic championship. 

Dada Maravilha10Sport RecipeSanto AmaroApril 7, 1976
Tara9NauticoSC FlamengoJuly 1, 1945
Pele8SantosBotafogo (SP)April 21, 1964
Jorge8NauticoSanto AmaroAugust 11, 1974
Mendonca6Vasco da GamaUniao Sao JoaoSeptember 11, 1997


The top five scorers per game in a Football League match. 

Player GoalTeamAgainstDate
Joe Payne10Luton TownBristol RoversApril 13, 1936
Robert Bell9Tranmere RoversOldham AthleticDecember 26, 1935
Ted Drake7ArsenalAston VillaDecember 14, 1935
Tommy Briggs7Blackburn RoversBristol RoversFebruary 5, 1955
Neville Coleman7Stoke CityLincoln CityFebruary 23, 1957


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