Luca Toni has long been the king of Italian bombers in the Bundesliga thanks to his goals for Bayern Munich. But recently, an unsuspecting profile stole the show…
When we say Bundesliga in Italy thoughts inevitably and immediately turn to Luca Toni. After scoring another 16 goals (31 goals) for Fiorentina at the end of a sensational season in the summer of 2007, the pacy striker is the object of desire for all the big European clubs. Insurance is Bayern Munich’s football team par excellence in Germany. The transfer from Italy to Germany is not so common and raises doubts. However, the 2006 world champion swept away all fears with a season of 46 matches and even 39 goals, including 24 in the league, 5 in the national cup and even 10 in the UEFA Cup.
Toni’s adventures at Bayern and reports on ratings
Luca Toni‘s second season ended with 18 goals in total, including 14 in the Bundesliga, 1 in the National Cup and 3 in the Champions League. In the 2009-2010 season, the former Fiorentina player was dropped from the technical project and joined AS Roma during the January transfer market, finishing his German adventure with 38 league goals. An important figure that makes him the Italian player who has scored the most goals in the league. Germany…at least until a few days ago. Yes, because in this special ranking, an unsuspected name overtook the world champion quite recently. That’s Vincent Grifo.
The boy was born in Germany to Italian parents who opted for Italian citizenship. Since 2018, he has also been part of the national tour coached by Roberto Mancini. The boy, a capricious professional, began to put off more and more goals over the seasons. Six goals in his first season in the Bundesliga in the jersey of… Freiburg. He scored only once during an interlude at Hoffenheim, then returned to Freiburg and scored regularly again with 28 goals in 2019-2022.
Vincenzo Grifo overtakes Luca Toni in the standings
So it’s a good year to pass Luca Tonijen by three lengths. The overtake came in the game against Werder Bremen, which Freiburg won 2-0. Vincent Grifo appears on the penalty spot and, with a spoon à la Totti and subsequent cheers in tribute to the world champion, becomes the Italian player who has scored the most goals in the Bundesliga. A steady progression that could perhaps lead the Belpaese team to target him.
Behind Grifo and Toni in the list of all Italian Bundesliga goalscorers is Ruggiero Rizzitelli who scored 11 times for Bayern Munich between 1996 and 1998. Ciro Immobile, who stopped at 3 with Borussia Dortmund like Raffael Tonello did with Fortuna Düsseldorf (1995-1997), is only fourth. Finally, Luca Caldirola, Andrea Barzagli, Jacopo Sala, Federico Barba and Cristian Zaccardo all scored 1 goal.