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Saturday November 17 2012
Napoli's Golden Booter

If Edinson Cavani continues his amazing scoring run against Milan tonight, then Dave Taylor notes he’ll be closer to a dream club record than ever before.

To understand Edinson Cavani and his dream of becoming Napoli’s all-time top scorer we need to look back into the mists of Partenopean history, into the 1930s – an era before television. A period where players wore uniformly short hair, did not filter everything through a perspective of self-interest and where the most famous, a millionaire who never took any wages, was nicknamed the Greyhound.

Naturally in any historyof Napoli, one player always rises above the rest and as the club’s overall top-scorer, Diego Maradona is particularly relevant to Cavani’s vision. “I am slowly closing the gap on Maradona’s goal-scoring record and I can reach his tally,” said the Uruguayan. “I always think big and I know Diego is incomparable, the same as Careca, but slowly I will catch them all,” he proposed proudly after his poker in the 4-2 Europa League win over Dnipro last week. It was a performance which rated a mind-blowing ten out of ten in the Gazzetta.

With those goals the Uruguayan’s total reached 80 and as we look into Vesuviani history we find that he overtook the greatGiuseppe Savoldi, who was sixth in the club’s all-time top scorers’ table on 77 (55 in 118 Serie A games).

The Matador’s next target as he guides his Cuadrilla towards glory is the legend Antonio Careca, whose total was 96 (73 in 164 Serie A games). After him in fourth spot is yet another renowned Brazilian striker, Jose Altafini, who struck 97 goals (71 in 180 Serie A games) between 1965 and 1972.

Both totals are commendable, but where it becomes a trifle harder is reaching a century of goals. Yet the next two Napoli legends on the list, Antonio Vojak and Attila Sallustro, who played alongside each other, certainly did that. The former scored 102 Serie A goals from 1929-35 over 190 games and was Napoli’s Capocannoniere with 22 goals in 1932. It was a record held for 78 years, until Cavani ended the 2010-11 Serie A season with 26.  

The perfect Paraguayan, Sallustro, was the first real superstar of football and never took a lira off the club despite scoring 80 goals in 205 Serie A games. His overall total of 108 in 260 league games is higher than Vojak’s, but this also included three seasons in one half of Serie A’s forerunner, La Liga Sud.

The all-time top-scorer of course is Maradona, who is second with 81 goals in 188 league games, but in all competition his total is 115, which took him seven seasons. So Edinson is definitely within sight of Diego’s record. When he does get there, his name will be written large in the annals of the Partenopei and he will certainly deserve it.In the crucible of the contemporary game with its enticements, encumbrances and unending examinations, it’s not often a player shrugs off speculation of mega-buck transfers while vowing to become the club’s all-time top marksman.

Of course Cavani is not yet of Diego’s status, but 57 Serie A goals inside two and a half seasons cannot be dismissed easily. The last two campaigns have seen him narrowly miss out on being Capocannoniere with 26 and 23 goals respectively. Yet ironically Diego won with only 15 in 87/88.  

However, it’s impossible to compare Cavani and Maradona as they’re completely different players and both from unique generations. It’s true both have created the same effect on the team, by winning and doing it in style. Although he inspires his teammates, Cavani is not a natural leader like Diego. But scoring is his job and he has undoubtedly been one of the major forces behind Napoli’s rise over the last 30 months.

If Cavani should continue in his current vein he may be overtaking those other top scoring South Americans, back in the mists of time and space, quicker than he dreamed of doing.

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Have your say...
@Mikkel

U will never get villa for 15 mill.. no chance. Just cause hes not used by barca, doesnt mean he has that low value. Man u, City, Real, Psg, Bayern are all ahead..
on the 19th November, 2012 at 4:40pm
To Victor. Because David Villa is 31 and not essential no to Barcelona. Napoli with no CL can benefit from two good strikers and 25 mill.
on the 19th November, 2012 at 2:00pm
Why on Earth would Napoli even consider selling Cavani,he is brilliant...Giovinco what a waste of time! Napoli should only sell Cavani to Barcelona...in exchange for Messi! Forza Napoli
on the 19th November, 2012 at 1:30pm
@Mikkel

hahah, yes mate, David Villa for 15 mill? Then messi for 20 maybe?

Lol keep dreaming.
on the 19th November, 2012 at 10:52am
To Dario. Then send Giovinco. Don't care. Just get Cavani and maybe David Villafor 15 mill.
on the 18th November, 2012 at 9:13pm
@Mikkel... Qualiarella can never go back to napoli! Dont you know how much he is hated in Napoli....have you never seen the number 71 banner with his name on it?
on the 18th November, 2012 at 7:56pm
Im very disappointed with the draw against Milan.
A 2-0 lead at home, although early, must result in 3 points. We will surely miss the four points from the Torino and Milan matches, when the season is over.

Serie A had only 16 teams(30 games max. pr. season) back in 1987-1988, when Diego was top-scorer. He scored 15 goals in 28 matches. Serie A had 18 teams in 1988-89, when Careca (19 goals) closely lost the top-scorer title to Inters(won Serie A) Aldo Serena (22 goals).

Forza SSC Napoli!
on the 18th November, 2012 at 2:47pm
Juve should offer Matri and Quagliarela plus 25 mill. to get this guy. Bendtner is useless, Giovico lacks the killer instint and Vucinic is sometimes lazy. With David Villa 15 mill. and this deal Juve would be fine.
on the 18th November, 2012 at 10:14am
A draw last night was a fair result although if we had been more clinical we should have won it. @ calciatori-brutto we will still finish above Milan! 
on the 18th November, 2012 at 8:46am
Good to see some of the other Napoli greats get a mention, especially Sallustro. He played in the 30s and therefore he is a largely forgotten figure.

I have some doubts on Cavani and the chances of him breaking the record. His loyalty to Napoli will be constantly tested because of teams trying to lure him away. I'd like him to stay in the Serie A and it would be even better for him to stay at Napoli. If he's in it for the long haul, then he can think about Maradona's record.
on the 18th November, 2012 at 2:15am
Napoli.... You were so lucky. FORZA SES!
on the 17th November, 2012 at 10:59pm
Cavani who? tonight, Milan had cavani and hamsik in their back pockets! what a shame Abbiati made a terrible mistake on that first goal! apart from that and also a fortunate second goal, Milan owned Napoli! Absolutely owned them at their own rubbish stadium! nothing better than seeing the De Laurentiis smile turning into a frown, and their fans becoming silent! wonderful performance by Milan! second half was a footballing lesson for napoletani!
on the 17th November, 2012 at 10:51pm
i hope cavani stays in the shadows of the Vesuvius for a longg time...
as a Partenopei, its hard to imagne him leaving anytime sooon and joining another italian club...
hope DeLa gets smarter and quickly adds the final pieces of the puzzle around Cava and Hamsik and take this Napoli to the world...
forza cavani...
forza partenopei...
on the 17th November, 2012 at 8:15pm
keep dreaming mustafa he clearly just said hes going to catch diego . that requires him to stay in the napoli shirt. juve will never have a striker like el matador. FORZA NAPOLI
on the 17th November, 2012 at 4:32pm
Nothing Ironic about Maradona finishing top scorer with 15 goals! you will just need to look at the quality of defences he was playing against in comparison to who cavani scores against these days. Both Bettega and platini were also top scorers with 16 goals! Cavani is a great player and he seems close to the napoli shirt! But finishing top scorer is by no means a formality. as long as di natale is within close proximity, you cannot rule him out
on the 17th November, 2012 at 4:20pm
Mustafa, sadly I do not believe that Juve could afford him. And when he leaves Napoli, it will be to a foreign club. I really want him to stay in Italy, but seriously doubt that this will be possible. As for Juve, it looks like Quags and Gio are starting to find their best form. Should they be able to maintain it, then perhaps Juve will not have to spend big after all.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 3:14pm
@Mustafa

I think you and i both know that he will never wear the Juve jersey. This is a player that would never leave Napoli and if he had to, it would be to go to a different country. I am just disappointed that we can't seem to find one world class striker to buy! However i do agree with you Cavani certainly would fit that bill.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 2:30pm
@Mustafa

first time ever i agree with you.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 2:14pm
As a Milan fan, I'm not a fan of Cavani's recent record against us - and I fear the worst this evening - probably a 3-1 loss.
Cavani is a total class act though, and I genuinely hope he stays at Napoli as they have built an admirable project, funded on a shoestring budget, and it just shows that you don't need to spend big to win.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 1:42pm
@mustafa: Keep on dreaming boy!!You alaways come out with everything about Juve.Pathetic!
on the 17th November, 2012 at 1:37pm
OH!My God!Such a great player! Cavani is the new King of Napoli.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 1:14pm
I hope to see him in Juve shirt. It's the ideal striker for the bianconero.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 12:28pm
Cavani is fantastic, but what I am really looking forward to tonight is the fascinating sub-plot of Insigne vs SES. They are both exceptional talents, but if I had to pick one right now, it would be Insigne. I feel he has more depth to his game, and is more unpredictable. I would like to see these two flanking Osvaldo/Quags/Balotelli/Destro, for Italy, in the near future.
on the 17th November, 2012 at 12:13pm

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