8 of the greatest ever scoring streaks – starring Batistuta, Ronaldo, Messi and Muller
Serge Masnaghetti: 13 games, French Division 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Sonny Anderson (Lyon) and Vahid Halilhodzic (Nantes) all scored in nine successive top-flight encounters, but the all-time French record is held by former Valenciennes forward Masnaghetti.
The two-time Les Bleus international scored in 13 games in a row in Division 1 in 1962/63 – a feat made all the more impressive when you consider his team only finished ninth in the 20-team division. Masnaghetti notched 35 goals in total that campaign, which remains the most by a Valenciennes player in a single season.
Gerd Muller: 16 games, Bundesliga
The greatest poacher in the history of the game was an expert at being in the right place at the right time, as he demonstrated over a number of years for both Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.
Gerd Muller’s best scoring streak came at club level, the striker netting in 16 straight Bundesliga games in 1969/70. The stretch began with a goal in the 4-0 defeat of Eintracht Braunschweig at the end of September, a week before he grabbed all four of Bayern’s efforts against Werder Bremen. Muller put the ball in the net in every other top-flight game he played until March 17, when he was finally shut out by 1860 Munich.
Stan Mortensen: 15 games, First Division
Vardy may have scored in more consecutive games than any other Premier League player but, as we’re frequently reminded, football didn’t start in 1992. It’s only fair, then, to recognise the accomplishment of Blackpool’s Mortensen, who converted in 15 First Division appearances on the bounce in 1950/51.
That stretch was punctuated by injuries, with the striker scoring three in three before being ruled out of the Tangerines’ next encounter. He netted in 11 consecutive games upon his return but was then forced back to the treatment table; although that halted his momentum, Mortensen again scored in his first match back to make it 15 in a row.
Lionel Messi: 21 games, La Liga
As is often the case, no one comes close to Messi in this particular category. The Barcelona forward scored in an incredible 21 consecutive La Liga games in 2012/13, beginning with a double against Mallorca in mid-November and lasting until the final day of the season when his luck finally ran out.
One strike in each of those matches would be impressive enough, but Messi took things further. He followed that aforementioned two-goal salvo against Mallorca with braces in his next five outings against Real Zaragoza, Levante, Athletic Club, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid, before smashing home four against Osasuna in January.
The Argentine did miss a handful of fixtures through injury, but he was back on the scoresheet after returning for the meeting with Athletic Club at the end of April. In total Messi scored 33 goals in 21 games, smashing the record previously held by ex-Barcelona striker Ronaldo (10 matches) in style.