Euro stars - our top goalscorers in Europe
Tue 13 November 2018, 16:16|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane needs just one more goal to become our record all-time goalscorer in Europe.
The striker netted twice against PSV to hand us a dramatic victory in Champions League Matchday Four last week to take his tally to 23.
That took him past Martin Chivers on 22 and level with Jermain Defoe on 23.
Harry now has 13 goals in 14 appearances in the Champions League to add to his 10 goals in the Europa League.
Both all-time Club greats, Jermain passed Martin’s long-standing total when he scored against Sheriff in November, 2013.
Erik Lamela’s goal against Barcelona in MD2 saw him join Harry, Jermain, ‘Big Chiv’ and only another five players to make it nine in total to have scored 10 goals or more in Europe for the Club.
Here’s a little more on our top European goalscorers...
23 goals - Jermain Defoe
Always a prolific goalscorer, Jermain’s strike-rate in Europe was even more impressive than in the Premier League as he racked up his 23 goals in only 35 games for us. Incredibly, in the six seasons he played European football for us, Jermain’s goals-to-game ratio never dropped below one in two in any campaign. He struck three times in six Champions League games but his most devastating spell came in 2013/14 when he notched seven times in just five Europa League outings. Jermain plundered 143 goals in all competitions during his two stints at White Hart Lane, putting him sixth on our all-time goalscorers list. Now 35, he’s still scoring goals at the top level for Bournemouth.
23 - Harry Kane
Harry has struck 13 times in his last 13 Champions League games to catapult himself to the top of the tree alongside Jermain Defoe, those goals accounting for more than half of the 23 he has scored in 45 European games overall. It was on the continental stage that Harry first delivered the goalscoring consistency that has become his trademark. His seven goals in nine 2014/15 Europa League games, including a hat-trick in the match against Asteras which he finished up playing in goal, proved to be the springboard for his breakthrough into our Premier League side. The rest, as they say, is history. Harry’s winner against PSV was his 150th goal for the club in only 228 matches – he’s only the fourth player to score 150-plus goals for us and up to fifth all-time already...
22 - Martin Chivers
The first Spur to hit 20 goals in Europe, Martin’s record of 22 goals in 33 European games kept him at the top of the table from the mid-1970s until Defoe took the crown in 2013. ‘Big Chiv’ produced some of his best performances in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup, scoring eight times in 11 games on our way to lifting the silverware. His crowning achievement was in the final, where his brilliant double gave us a 2-1 first-leg win at Molineux. Twice a League Cup winner, Martin ended his Spurs career with 174 goals in 367 appearances, making him the third-highest goalscorer in our history.
13 - Mark Falco
Home-grown striker Mark was our top scorer two years running in the mid-1980s as he successfully filled the boots of Garth Crooks and Steve Archibald. In Europe, he notched an impressive 13 goals in 25 matches. The 1984 UEFA Cup campaign was the stand-out one for him, as he struck six times on our way to the final then converted his penalty in the shoot-out as we edged out Anderlecht to claim the trophy. In all, Mark scored 89 goals in 236 games for the club and remains a regular in our Legends’ matchday hospitality team and helps run our popular Spurs Legends XI.
13 - Alan Gilzean
The Scottish forward shone alongside Martin Chivers in our victorious UEFA Cup and League Cup winning sides of the early 1970s, having also won the FA Cup with us in 1967. 'Gilly' scored in all four of his European campaigns during his time at the club but also saved his best for that victorious 1972 campaign, finding the net six times. In all, he scored his 13 goals in 28 European matches and 133 in 439 games for the club in total. Sadly passed away in July.
13 - Martin Peters
Martin racked up 13 goals in his three European campaigns at the club in the early 1970s - impressive numbers for a midfielder - but it was during the run to the 1974 UEFA Cup final that he hit his purple patch in front of goal. Eight of his goals, spread across six matches, were dispatched during that season and he scored in every round up to and including the semi-finals. Forever remembered as a member of England’s World Cup winning team of 1966, he went on to play 260 games for the club and scored 76 goals, while scooping the UEFA Cup two years earlier and a pair of League Cups.
12 - Dimitar Berbatov
Of all the players in our 10-plus club, 'Berba' has the best strike rate. He only played two European campaigns for us but bagged 12 goals in those 16 matches, including four-game goalscoring streaks in both seasons. The Bulgarian star scored 23 goals in each of his two full seasons at White Hart Lane and will be remembered for being as deadly in front of goal as he was composed on the pitch. He formed a formidable partnership with Robbie Keane during his time at Spurs and won the League Cup with us in 2007/08.
10 - Bobby Smith
Legendary old-fashioned centre-forward of our double-winning team in 1961, Bobby sent shivers through European defences in our first European campaign when we reached the semi-finals of the European Cup at the first attempt in 1961/62. He was on target in our first-ever home tie in the competition as we famously came from 4-2 down to beat Polish side Gornik Zabrze 8-1, scored in each leg of the semi-final against Benfica and then contributed another four goals as we made history in 1962/63 by becoming the first British team to win a European trophy, memorably beating Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the European Cup Winners Cup Final in May, 1963. Bobby is second in our all-time goalscoring list with 208 goals in 317 appearances between 1955-64.
10 - Erik Lamela
Erik made an early mark in Europe with his famous ‘Rabona’ goal against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League in October, 2014. He hit form in the same competition in 2015/16 with six goals in eight including a hat-trick against Monaco. He was on the Champions League scoresheet for the first time this season when his strike against Barcelona took him to double-figures and gave us hope of grabbing a point in MD2, but it wasn’t to be. Erik joined us in 2013 and has 166 appearances to his name in all competitions.
Harry Kane reached 45 European appearances for us against PSV, taking him level with Hugo Lloris into equal-third in our list of all-time appearance makers in Europe. Steve Perryman tops that list on 64 between 1969-86 followed by Aaron Lennon with 58 between 2005-15.
64 - Steve Perryman
58 - Aaron Lennon
45 - Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane
44 - Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele
37 - Christian Eriksen
36 - Pat Jennings
35 - Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Mike England
34 - Tom Huddlestone
32 - Martin Chivers, Martin Peters
31 - Gareth Bale, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela
30 - Phil Beal, Chris Hughton, Cyril Knowles
28 - Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alan Gilzean
27 - Ray Clemence
26 - Ralph Coates, Graham Roberts, Didier Zokora, Heung-Min Son
25 - Ray Evans, Mark Falco, Tony Galvin, Jermaine Jenas, Gary Mabbutt, John Pratt, Andros Townsend