Dries Mertens is already a Napoli legend, and he cemented his status as one when he became the club's joint all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday night with a wonderful strike against Barcelona. His tally of 121 goals is now only matched by the Slovakian Marek Hamšík. 

This feat has allowed 90min to look back at his seven years at the club and go through his finest moments in Naples...


First Goal 

Dries Mertens

​Having signed for the Naples club in 2013 for a €9.5m from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, Mertens faced strong competition to get into the first team at all. 


In his position, there was former Inter forward Goran Pandev, fellow newcomer José Callejón and fan favourite Lorenzo Insigne. Yet Mertens was given ample opportunities by then-manager Rafael Benitez and repaid that faith by scoring the first of many goals for Gli Azzurri, netting an away winner at Fiorentina in a 2-1 win.


Cup Success

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While Mertens didn't start the 2014 Coppa Italia final, his cameo off the bench remains a memorable one. 


Coming on for Hamšík in the 64th minute, the Belgian was still able to impact the game and finished off Callejón's pass to seal the 3-1 victory. This remains his only trophy at the club to date.


First Hat-Trick

Dries Mertens

Mertens had, by this point in 2016, established himself as a starter for Napoli, but this was the game that demonstrated his ability to be the team’s genuine attacking focal point, scoring a second half hat trick to inspire his team to a comfortable 6-0 win over Bologna. 


Four-Goal Hero

Dries Mertens

Well, it's fair to say that 2016 was a good year for the Mertens, but this two week period was a particularly fruitful one. Having scored a hat-trick in a dominant 5-0 win over Cagliari, he followed up that display with another four goals in a goal-crazy 5-3 win over Torino. 


The four goals he scored included the fourth-quickest hat-trick in ​Serie A history, and he also became the first ​Napoli player to score four in a goal since Beppe Savoldi in 1977.


Century of Goals​

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While supporters had grown accustomed to the sight of ​Mertens scoring a billion goals for their team, the two goals he scored against Red Star Belgrade in a 2018 Champions League game were particularly significant, for one of them was his 100th goal for the Italian club. 


The feat was impressive, considering he'd only been at the club for five years at that point. 


Joint All-Time Goal Scorer​

Dries Mertens

​Of course, this list has to include Wednesday night's goal against ​Barcelona in the first leg of the ​Champions League round of 16 tie. His goal drew him level with Hamšík on 121 goals, cementing his place in Neapolitan folklore.