Check it out here as Ronaldo.com presents the five players to have scored the most goals under Jose Mourinho, aka ‘The Special One’.
As one of the most successful managers in football history, Jose Mourinho is a name not lost on fans across the world.
The Portuguese has coached some of the world’s most talented forwards in history during his glittering career. But while his achievements are commendable, he isn’t widely renown for specialising in attacking football.
This has drawn up fresh concerns over Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham, thanks to Paul Merson. The former Arsenal player turned pundit claimed the striker isn’t suited for Mourinho. He added Kane wouldn’t bag his usual 25-30 goals-per-season, which may force him to leave.
But in this case, Merson’s prediction is wide off the mark as plenty of strikers have scored loads of goals under Jose.
So, without further ado, Ronaldo.com gives you the top 5 goalscorers during Mourinho’s managerial career.
5. Gonzalo Higuain – 58 goals
Starting off this list of Mourinho players with the most goals is perhaps a surprise entry in ‘El Pipita’.
The Argentine striker played a critical role in Real Madrid’s league title success in 2011/12 to end Barcelona’s domination. He scored 22 goals that season, outscoring even Karim Benzema.
Higuain continued to impress under Jose Mourinho in the Spanish capital by scoring the opener in a 2-1 win over Barcelona in August 2012 to win Real Madrid the Spanish Supercup.
Despite his impact on the pitch, however, Higuain wasn’t always an automatic starter. Therefore, he left for Napoli in the summer of 2013.
4. Frank Lampard – 70 goals
Lampard enjoyed arguably the most successful period of his career under Jose Mourinho, winning back-to-back Premier League titles and scoring a brilliant 70 goals. He even chipped in 61 assists.
“He made me believe I could go to the next level,” said Lampard via the Irish Independent.
“His man-management was second to none, and that’s why I always say Jose Mourinho was the best manager I worked for.”
The pair shared a mutual respect towards one another, that in turn led to significant results. Mourinho helped Lamps reach his true potential, while the midfielder returned the favour with goals and silverware.
3. Didier Drogba – 73 goals
The Ivorian striker played under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea across two separate spells. He transformed into an elite player during their time together, leading to 73 goals and three Premier League titles.
Drogba shared a special relationship with Mourinho and often credited him for changing his life.
“We call him daddy,” he told The Guardian in 2013.
“I don’t know about all of us but he did a lot of things for me during that moment where I had a lot of critics. He was supporting me and helping me. He signed me for Chelsea and did everything.”
2. Karim Benzema – 78 goals
Benzema exhibited his brilliant talents to their fullest during his three-year spell with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. A tally of 78 goals and 49 assists in just 164 games was very impressive.
But their relationship wasn’t always smooth sailing.
Benzema, in particular, was left very unimpressed when Mourinho compared him to a cat in a press conference in 2011. This was a turning point in their relationship, which led to an hour-long confrontation.
“I’m a football player, you’re my manager, I respect you, respect me as a player,” Benzema told Mourinho.
Despite this bump in the road, Benzema still enjoyed a prolific and trophy-laden stint under the Special One.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 168 goals
Putting the Special One and CR7 together can only lead to one thing – silverware.
Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Real Madrid manager in 2010 certainly set pulses racing. Everyone was keen to see if the Mou-CR7 combo could knock Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola off their perch in La Liga.
And while Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t like Mourinho’s ultra-defensive tactics, he still bagged an incredible 168 goals in 164 games.
The pair won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Spanish supercup together.
Bust-ups did occasionally occur, though. Emmanuel Adebayor once recalled how Mourinho ‘killed’ Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick.
So there you have it, the five Mourinho players with the most goals!