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.
|Lothar Emmerich||Borussia Dortmund||6|
|Kiril Milanov||Levski Sofia||6|
|Julian Alvarez||River Plate||6|
|Luiz Adriano||Shakhtar Donetsk||5|
|Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Bilbao||5|
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.
- Lothar 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.
- Kiril 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.
- Eldar 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.
- Julian 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.
- Peter 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.
- Lionel 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.
- Luiz 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.
- Aritz 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 Brodnik||6||Wollongong Wolves||West Adelaide||March 14, 1990|
|Ivan kelic||6||Melbourne Knights||Wollongong Macedonia||March 24, 1991|
|Zlatko Nastevski||5||Marconi Stallions||St George||November 17, 1989|
|Archie Thompson||5||Melbourne Victory||Adelaide United||February 18, 2007|
|Jamie Maclaren||5||Melbourne City||Melbourne Victory||April 17, 2021|
|Bobo||4||Sydney||Shamrock Rovers Darwin||August 2, 2017|
|Matt Sim||4||Central Coast Mariners||Palm Beach||October 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 Nwachukwu||6||Dhaka Mohammedan||Rahmatganj MFS||April 13, 2007|
|Enamul Haque||5||Farashganj SC||Khulna Abahani||January 15, 2009|
|Jahid Hasan Ameli||5||Dhaka Mohammedan||Arambagh KS||April 13, 2010|
|Mithun Chowdhury||5||Sheikh Russel KC||Uttar Baridhara||June 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 Maravilha||10||Sport Recipe||Santo Amaro||April 7, 1976|
|Tara||9||Nautico||SC Flamengo||July 1, 1945|
|Pele||8||Santos||Botafogo (SP)||April 21, 1964|
|Jorge||8||Nautico||Santo Amaro||August 11, 1974|
|Mendonca||6||Vasco da Gama||Uniao Sao Joao||September 11, 1997|
The top five scorers per game in a Football League match.
|Joe Payne||10||Luton Town||Bristol Rovers||April 13, 1936|
|Robert Bell||9||Tranmere Rovers||Oldham Athletic||December 26, 1935|
|Ted Drake||7||Arsenal||Aston Villa||December 14, 1935|
|Tommy Briggs||7||Blackburn Rovers||Bristol Rovers||February 5, 1955|
|Neville Coleman||7||Stoke City||Lincoln City||February 23, 1957|