Top five A-League Men goalscorers of all time

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The goalscoring ability of some players in the A-League Men is nothing short of outstanding, so let’s take a look at the top goalscorers of all time.

No. 5 with 77 goals – Kosta Barbarouses *

New Zealand born Barbarouses’ goalscoring began at Wellington Phoenix where he scored two goals in three seasons with the club. His most successful season, however, was with Melbourne Victory, scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances in the 2018/19 season. These days, Barbarouses plays on the wing at Sydney FC. His place in the top five is well deserved and he’s not even finished yet.

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No. 4 with 90 goals – Archie Thompson

Coming in at number four, with a commendable 90 goals to his name, is one club wonder Archie Thompson. His career in the A-League Men began and ended with Melbourne Victory and it was in his first season (2005/06) with the club that he scored his first goal in the league. Thompson also holds the record for most goals scored by an Australian internationally with 13 goals, smashing the previous record of seven.

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No. 3 with 92 goals – Shane Smeltz

The second New Zealander on the list, Shane Smeltz finds himself in third spot with 92 goals to his name. Signing a two-year deal with Wellington Phoenix in 2007, Smeltz scored nine goals from 19 appearances and finished second in the Golden Boot race.

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He went on to score 12 goals in his second season with the club, earning himself the Golden Boot for the season. Smeltz’s goal scoring accolades don’t stop at his time in the A-League Men, however, having scored 24 goals in 58 international appearances for New Zealand and he was the top goal scorer for Gold Coast United.

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No. 2 with 106 goals – Jamie Maclaren*

Coming in at number two on the list is current Melbourne City striker Jamie Maclaren. Maclaren got his first goal in the A-League Men in the 2013/14 season for Perth Glory.

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His most successful goalscoring season was with his current club in the 2020/21 season, scoring an incredible 25 goals from 24 appearances. Maclaren’s top-tier goalscoring ability has seen him land himself three Golden Boots as the A-League Men’s top goalscorer in three seasons. Currently playing for Melbourne City, is there a chance Maclaren could take the number one spot on the list?

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No. 1 with 142 goals – Besart Berisha

With an incredible 142 goals from nine seasons in the A-League Men, Besart Berisha takes the number one spot. Berisha’s first goal came in round two of the 2010/11 season for Brisbane Roar, in round two against Sydney FC. He went into the record books at Brisbane for scoring four of seven goals in their win against Adelaide United, making him the first player to score more than three goals in a single game for the club. Playing for both Melbourne Victory and Western United also, Berisha continued his goalscoring legacy and rightly deserves his place at number one. These days you’ll find Berisha playing as striker for Kosovan club Prishtina, so his goal scoring isn’t quite finished yet.

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*Denotes a current player in the A-League Men

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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