Dries Mertens scored twice in a 3-2 win against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday to surpass Diego Maradona and become Napoli’s second all-time top goal scorer.
The Belgian is now only five goals behind former teammate Marek Hamsik, who scored 121 goals in 520 appearances.
Mertens has scored seven goals in 10 appearances in all competitions this season and is eager to write history in Naples.
When speaking to Football Italia earlier this month, Mertens said, “I’d love to beat Hamsik’s record. Maybe I was wrong to give him so many assists in the last few years.”
He also added, “If I do beat it, I’ll certainly call him up. Who would’ve said seven years ago that I could become the record scorer? It’s wonderful.”
In May, Mertens scored in a 2-1 win against Cagliari to reach 82 Serie A goals and exceeded Maradona’s total of 81 goals.
The 32-year-old joined Napoli from PSV Eindhoven in June 2013 for €9.5 million. He marked his debut season by scoring in a 3-1 win against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final and enjoyed his highest scoring season in 2016/17 with a staggering tally of 34 goals in 46 appearances.
His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, although Di Marzio have reported that Mertens and Napoli are set to reach an agreement to extend his stay until 2021.
Napoli face SPAL, Atalanta and AS Roma in Serie A over the next ten days and return to UEFA Champions League action on 5th November when they play the reverse fixture against Red Bull Salzburg in Naples.