Lille’s Jonathan David sets record for most goals by CanMNT player in top 5 league

Canadian national team and Lille OSC striker Jonathan David set a record Friday with his 12th goal of the French Ligue1 season.

The 21-year-old has recorded the most goals by a Canadian soccer player in a top-five men’s European league (England, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany) with his 60th-minute insurance marker and Lille’s final goal in a 3-0 drubbing of RC Lens, as seen on OneSoccer. Friday’s win was the latest in a series of big victories for top-of-the-table Lille who are chasing their first league championship since 2010-2011.

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Tomasz Radzinski held the previous mark with 11 goals scored during the 2002-03 English Premier League season with Everton, Canada Soccer released Friday. Radzinski also held the second-most season total with an eight-goal output in 2003-04 followed by current national team winger Junior Hoilett (Blackburn Rovers, 2011-12) and Pacific FC CEO and former national team striker Rob Friend (Borussia Mönchengladbach, 2008-09) with seven top-flight goals.

David, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, joined Lille this off-season from Belgian giants KAA Gent, where he scored 26 goals in 50 senior appearances. David has scored 11 goals in 12 appearances for Canada’s senior men’s national team since making his debut in 2018. In 2019, David was named Canada Soccer’s Canadian Men’s Player of the Year.