Mitroglou becomes Greece’s 8th highest all-time scorer
Kostas Mitroglou scored two goals against Gibraltar to move up to 8th in Greece’s all-time goalscorers list.
Kostas Mitroglou made an emphatic return to the national team after missing September’s qualifiers against Estonia and Bosnia due to injury. The Marseille man scored three goals in two matches, one against Cyprus and two against Gibraltar, helping the Ethniki to two big victories in their final group stage qualifiers.
Mitroglou has scored 16 goals in his international career and is now tied for 8th in Greece’s all-time scorers table. The 29-year old is level with Yiotis Tsalouchidis while Nikolaidis sits in 7th with 17 goals scored and Nikos Machlas in 6th with 18 international goals. Mitroglou will look to surpass both Nikolaidis and Machlas in the near future with the November World Cup qualifying playoffs looking to be an ideal time to do so.
First on the list is Nikos Anastopoulos with 29 goals as Euro 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas sits 2nd with 25 goals scored.
The former Olympiacos man scored six goals in this qualifying campaign (3 v Gibraltar, 2 v Cyprus, 1 v Belgium), the second highest finish by a Greek player in a qualifying campaign. The record holder is Fanis Gekas who scored an impressive 10 goals in 2010 World Cup qualifying. Mitroglou featured in eight matches in 2018 World Cup qualifying and scored 35% of Greece’s goals (6/17).