Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are regarded by many as the two greatest players of all time, but where do they rank among the highest goals scorers in the history of football? Here My11 list the top 10 highest goal scorers of the game.
9. Tulio Maravilha – 575 goals – 1988-2019 | in a stellar career that lasted over 30 years, the Brazilian journeyman retired in 2019, playing for nearly 40 clubs in his career. He scored 13 goals in 15 appearances for the Brazil national team.
9. Uwe Seeler – 575 goals in 649 games – 1953-1978 | Uwe was known for his spectacular scissors-kicks and aerial prowess. The Germany and Hamburg legend was one of the most prolific goal scorers the country ever produced.
8. Ferenc Deak – 576 goals – 1940-1957 | Derek may not be as popular as Ferenc Puskas, but he is also prolific in his own right. In his first club, Szentlorinci AC, he 220 in 72 league games. For his second club Ferencvárosi TC, he scored 200 goals in 140 league games. He scored 29 goals in 20 games for the Hungarian national team.
7. Lionel Messi – 704 goals in 868 games – 2003-present | the magical Messi has lit the modern-day football world with his quick feet and mesmerizing skills, scoring different types of goals. 70 of his goals were for Argentina in 138 matches, others are for Barcelona.
6. Gerd Muller – 734 goals in 793 games – 1962-1981 | the 1974 FIFA World Cup winner is the reference to many scorers. He had the record of most goals at the Mundial. He is the record goalscorer for Bayern Munich.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo – 737 goals in 1016 games – 2001-present | The Portuguese captain and his rival Messi have set very high standards for this generation, but unlike the Barcelona man, Ronaldo has gone to different leagues to leave his mark. A modern great for Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. He scored 99 goals in 164 games for Portugal.
4. Ferenc Puskas – 746 goals in 754 games – 1943-1966 | He was part of the Hungarian team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1952 and got to the World Cup final two years later. FIFA's best goal of the year, the Puskas goal, was named after him.
3. Pele – 767 goals in 831 games – 1957-1977 | Regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, Pele is a three-time World Cup winner and he scored nearly a goal-per-game in his competitive games for Santos. There are some claims to have scored 1000 in his career, but not all were official matches.
2. Romario – 772 goals 994 games – 1985-2007 | Romario is also another Brazil great, who lead the national team to World Cup glory in 1994, scoring five goals in the tournament. He enjoyed a stellar career at several top clubs around the world.
1. Josef Bican – 805 goals in 530 games – 1931-1956 | Bican was part of the Austria team that got to the World Cup semifinals in 1934. He scored 395 in 217 games for Slavia Prague, Bican claims the honour as football’s leading goalscorer of all-time.
All stats correct as of 11/08/2020