Wissam Ben Yedder: The Numbers Behind a Legendary Goalscorer!
The superlatives are starting to (seriously) run out! week after week, Wissam Ben Yedder is leaving a slightly bigger mark on the long and glorious history of AS Monaco. Playing in his 150th match in all competitions in La Diagonale against Olympique de Marseille (1-1), the Rouge et Blanc number ten added an additional line to his story Wednesday against Auxerre.
Youssouf and Wissam: The winning combo
Indeed, by opening the scoring against the Burgundians on a superb pass from Youssouf Fofana – author of his 10th assist in the Principality, and a fourth for his captain, notes Opta -, the former Toulouse player helped to lead his teammates to a win (3-2). Nor was he content to add a 12th goal this season in Ligue 1 (17 in all competitions) to his tally. No, Captain’ Wiss has also decided to enter the pantheon of AS Monaco a little more.
Now on 90 🙌
And closing in on a century of goals in Rouge and Blanc 💯#ASMAJA | @WissBenYedder | @Ligue1_ENG https://t.co/YvrKLzTSjl pic.twitter.com/3zzd7f2w3l
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) February 2, 2023
Third place and on the podium!
Because after having equaled the total of another Riviera legend, Christian Dalger (89 goals), thanks to his hat trick against Ajaccio (his sixth in the top flight), Wissam has now passed him with that left-footed shot across goal against AJA. He is now the third-top scorer in the history of the Club, behind the greats Lucien Cossou (115) and Delio Onnis (223)! His performance was all the more remarkable, as he was already the third-best scorer for the Club in Ligue 1 (75 goals), again behind these two legends (97 for Cossou, 157 for Onnis).
Second-best scorer in Ligue 1 in the 21st century
Since coming to the Principality i 2019, only Kylian Mbappé (136 with Paris) scored more goals in all competitions than the French international striker (90), for the same French club. By finding the net for the 138th time in the French top flight against Auxerre (63 with Toulouse, 75 with Monaco), Wissam Ben Yedder is level with Edinson Cavani as the second-top scorer in the top flight in the 21st century (behind Kylian Mbappé, currently on 148).
An inspiration in Radamel Falcao
But as he is never stingy with records, the latter is also close to becoming the player who has started the most games as captain with AS Monaco in Ligue 1 since his beginnings in 2013-2014. Currently he is level with Radamel Falcao and his 76 caps, after Wednesday’s success at the Stade Louis-II. He’s already a legend of the Club, and he has obviously not finished writing his story with the eight-time champions of France.Bravo capi’ ! 👏 🇲🇨
Top 10 Goalscorers in AS Monaco history 🏆
1/ Delio Onnis: 223 goals
2/ Lucien Cossou: 115 goals
3/ Wissam Ben Yedder: 90 goals
4/ Christian Dalger: 89 goals
5/ Radamel Falcao: 83 goals
6/ Jean Petit: 78 goals
7/ Victor Ikpeba: 77 goals
8/ Yvon Douis: 74 goals
9/ Youri Djorkaeff: 68 goals
10/ Sonny Anderson et Shabani Nonda: 67 goals
Top 10 Goalscorers in Ligue 1 🥇
1/ Delio Onnis: 157 goals
2/ Lucien Cossou: 97 goals
3/ Wissam Ben Yedder: 75 goals
4/ Radamel Falcao: 65 goals
5/ Yvon Douis: 62 goals
6/ Youri Djorkaeff: 60 goals
7/ Shabani Nonda: 57 goals
8/ Christian Dalger: 56 goals
9/ Victor Ikpeba: 55 goals
10/ David Trezeguet: 52 goals