18 of the most unlikely individual goalscoring seasons ever

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6. Aaron Ramsey (16, 2013/14)

  • Previous best: 4 (Arsenal, 2009/10)
  • Best since: 10 (Arsenal, 2014/15)

After a tricky start to his Arsenal career – not helped by a broken leg suffered against Stoke in 2010 – Ramsey came to the fore in the Gunners' 2013/14 campaign. The Welshman smashed his previous best of four goals in one season with 16 in all competitions, 13 of them coming before Christmas (including two late Champions League winners away at Marseille and Borussia Dortmund). A thigh strain ruled him out of 14 Premier League games, but he returned to bag the winner in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull.

5. Daniel Passarella (24, 1976)

  • Previous best: 9 (River Plate, 1975)
  • Best since: 13 (River Plate, 1977)

The Argentine legend was a rock at the back for his country for 12 years, and captained them to World Cup success in 1978. Before moving to Europe with Fiorentina in 1982, Passarella bagged a record 24 goals from centre-back for River Plate in 1976 – though he was generally a fine scorer, and held the record for goals from a defender until Ronald Koeman broke it. He also achieved the Serie A record of 11 in his final season in Florence (later beaten by Marco Materazzi). 

Daniel Passarella

4. Derek Mountfield (14, 1984/85)

  • Previous best: 3 (Everton, 1983/84)

Liverpudlian centre-back Mountfield starred at Everton in the mid-to-late '80s, helping them to FA Cup glory in 1984 and later winning two league championship medals at Goodison Park. Mountfield netted a superb 14 goals from centre-back in the second of those, including the winner in the 1985 FA Cup Semi-Final against Luton. After leaving The Toffees a year later, Mountfield never hit such heights again in spells at Aston Villa, Wolves, Carlisle, Northampton, Walsall and Scarborough.

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