RIYADH: Al-Hilal’s French forward Bafetimbi Gomis has been crowned the Saudi Pro League (SPL) top scorer for the 2020-21 season, replacing Al-Nassr’s Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah, who has claimed the honor for the past two seasons.
Gomis’s 24 goals played a major part in Al-Hilal’s record-extending 17th league title, the 62nd trophy in the club’s history.
Gomis managed to score against 12 different clubs, including four goals against Al-Ain and a hat-trick against Al-Wehda, only failing to find the net against Abha, Al-Raed and Al-Ittihad during the season.
He also succeeded in converting eight penalties, only missing once from the spot.
The 25-year-old striker displayed his goal-scoring versatility with 16 goals off his right foot, and four each with his left foot and head.
Since joining Al-Hilal in Aug. 2018, Gomis has consistently competed for the title of SPL top scorer but has fallen short.
The 21 goals in his first season were only enough to earn him second spot behind Hamdallah. Last season, he once again finished runner-up to the Moroccan with 27 goals.
Last July, Al-Hilal’s management renewed Gomis’s contract, taking his stay in Riyadh until the end of the 2021-22 season, although the striker recently revealed that his future was still up in the air regarding the coming season.