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We look at Croat Josip Skoblar's record of 44 goals in a single season for Marseille back in 1970/71.

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Most goals (by a player) scored in a season - 44 (Josip Skoblar, Marseille, 1970/71)

Josip's Skoblar's record of 44 goals in a single season in 1970/71 is an extraordinary effort and one which looks set to stand the test of time.

The first out-and-out Marseille goalscorer since the famous Swede Gunnar Andersson, Skoblar joined OM from Bundesliga side Hannover 96 in 1970 and made an instant impact on the south coast. In his first season at Marseille, the Croat managed to smash the previous goalscoring record of 36 held by Nantes' Philippe Gondet since 1966.

While the 1970/71 season was played with 20 teams in the league meaning a total of 38 games each, Skoblar can take credit for a statistic which reads 1.15 goals a game. However, his record is made even more impressive considering that it took him until the fourth weekend of the season to open his account. The Croat grabbed a double in a 5-0 win against Sedan with his first goals in Marseille colours. He had to wait until Matchday 12 before scoring his first hat-trick before an impressive nine goals in the last six games including a triple against Bastia, four against Rennes on Matchday 34 and a final hat-trick on the last day of the season against Strasbourg meant he finished on 44 goals. 

Skoblar became the first player at a French club to win the Golden Boot, a prize awarded to the top scorer on the continent. He continued his net-bursting achievements with totals of 30 and 26 the following two seasons. On both occasions he was the Ligue's top scorer. Since then, the closest a Ligue 1 player has got to Skoblar's record is Carlos Bianchi of PSG who managed an impressive 37 goals in 1977/78.

Interestingly, the record for most goals scored in a single match is jointly held by Sochaux's André Abegglen and Rouen's Jean Nicolas. The duo both scored seven with the former making the headlines on August 25, 1935 against Valenciennes with the latter repeating the feat on May 1, 1938 against the same opposition.

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