Best Scorers In Football History

The Top Ten

1 Josef Bican

All time goalscorer really amazing

He is the all time leading scorer with 805 goals in official matches(Romario 772,Pele 767etc)according to the official stats(RSSSF).Find a photo of him.

He scored a total of 1468 goals in only 918 games.People believe that Pele is the first.This is a great mistake (official infomation from RSSSF).

2 Ferenc Deak

The Hungarian striker scored 529 league goals (first and lower divisions) in only 380 cups and 29 in 20 for the National team. I believe he deserves the 2nd position as he was so prolific without playing in big clubs (as Muller or Puskas).

European recordman for a single championship(66 goals).Unbeatable.

3 Gerd Muller

He scored 1461 goals in 1216 matches, being more effective than Pele.

According to the RSSSF list with official matches, he's 5th with 735 goals in 793 (after Bican, Romario, Pele, Puskas).
The 'bomber won all the tophies (team and personal as top scorer) in all the tournaments he took part (both with Bayern M. and the National team). As far as I know he is the only one who managed to do so.

4 Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

Just a amazing goalscorer

Super player, super scorer.
There are no official information about the total goals netted by Ferenc. I remind that his career started in 1943.Searcing the web for long time, I concluded that possible figures are 1176 goals in 1123 matches. If this is true (or close to the truth), he"s the 5th scorer in history after Bican (official), Muller (official), Friedenreich (unofficial) and Pele (official). Concerning the official matches, he's 4th (RSSSF).

5 Fernando Peyroteo

He scored around 300 and something goals in 100 games

The. great Portuege striker (born in Amgola) scored a total of 665 goals in 417 games been one of the most prolific scorers in football history. 332 of them in 197 appearences in the National Championship. He didn't become famous as most of his career was during the 40s ( no World. Cups etc.).

6 Imre Schlosser

He was the first Hungarian icon, seven times league top scorer. He scored 417 league goals in 320 games for five clubs and 59 in 68 games for the National team.

7 Franz Binder

Most recent estimations are for a total of 1151 goals.

The Austrian striker scored 1006 goals in 750 matches.

He scored more but full reposts are missing because of th WWII.

8 Pele Pele Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is one of the best players in football, hence why he's nicknamed the "king of football".
9 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

Great scorer at club level, but he doesn't manage to be as good as fans wanted with his National team (though a great soccer nation).

Holds the record for the liga bbva top scorer

10 Romário de Souza Faria Romário de Souza Faria Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian politician, who previously achieved worldwide fame as a footballer. V 1 Comment

The Newcomers

? Ferenc Bene

The last Hungarian goalgetter, gold medalist and top scorer of the football Olympic tournament of 1964.
He scored a total of 508 official goals.

? József Takács

Hungary was one of the first countries that developed football.It was first played in 1863, same year as England.Official top tier championships were organizated since 1901.Well documented statistics were kept and as Hungarians enjoyed offensive football a lot of players are included in highest goalscoring lists.
Officially, of the 27 players with more than 500 goals, 5 are Hungarians coming second after the Brazilians (6).
Takács was the second appeared after Schlosser, scored 523 total goals (including 26 in 32 caps with the National team).

The Contenders

11 Isidro Langara

The other two countries were Mexico and Argentina.

The Spanish striker was one of the most prolific scorers in football history netted 508 goals in 399 club appearences in three countries (Spain,

12 Gunnar Nordahl

Best Swedish player ever. The prolific striker scored 442 league goals in 504 caps and 43 in 33 for his National team.

13 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

This man is a goalscoring machine.

14 Just Fontaine

Recordholder (13 goals) for a World Cup.Unbeatable.

15 Eusebio Eusebio Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches.

It's not well verified the number of total goals netted by Eusebio (my previous comment concerned official goals and it was from a Portuegese source).
He scored for Benfica a total of 727 goals (he played there 15 of the 20 years of his career).An unofficial total of 1137 goals can be the maximum.

The "black panther" scored a total of 638 goals in only 614 games.

16 Poul Nielsen

Best Danish scorer ever and one of the most prolific in football history.

17 Jimmy McGrory

The Celtic legend scored 410 goals in 408 league games and 6 in 7 cups for Scotland.

18 Arthur Friedenreich

"The Tiger" scored 1329 goals in 1239 caps. If these reports are true, he is the greatest Brazilian scorer.

19 Gyula Zsengeller

Great Hungarian striker, very prolific scorer.

He's the 3nd top tier league goalscorer of all times with 416 goals (1st Puskas, 2nd Schlosser).

20 Bernabe Ferreyra

The Argentinian forward was one of the most prolific scorers in football history.

21 Uwe Seeler

Great player, great scorer.

22 Ernst Wilimowski

The German-Polish striker scored a total of 1175 goals (unverified) and is one of a few players that scored 10 goals in an official single match.

23 Marco van Basten Marco van Basten Marcel "Marco" van Basten is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for Ajax and Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, in the 1980s and early '90s as a forward.

I think that you've started deleting legal votes like some others...

24 Abe Lenstra

Dutch great.He scored 700 goals in 730 matches (domestic leagues-top division and lower or regional championships before the start of the National league) and 33 in 47 for the National team.For those reasons his total of about 830 goals (unverified) in official matches is not recognized by RSSSF (he could be even first of all times).

25 Fritz Walter

Selected by FIFA as the best German player of the 20th century. Leader of W. Germany in the winning 1954 World Cup. Very prolific scorer (357 goals in 364 club caps)

26 Dixie Dean

Most prolific English scorer with a record of 60 goals in a single championship.

27 Alfredo Di Stefano

Amazing scorer at real madrid

28 Roberto Dinamite Roberto Dinamite

The Brazilian striker scored a total of 864 goals in 1022 appearences.

29 Leônidas da Silva

One of the greatest players and scorers of the first half of 20th century.

30 Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero Ufficiale is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a deep-lying forward.
31 Atilio Garcia

A previous mentioned thought comes in my mind...

Best scorer in history of Uruguayan football, 8 times first league top scorer.

32 Sándor Kocsis
33 Mario de Castro

The Brazilian goal getter is the most prolific scorer in history (195 goals in 100 games for Atletico Mineiro). But his career was very short (only 5 years) as he retired to practice medicine.

34 Luis Artime

Great forward with more of 1000 goals (totally) in his career (unverified).

35 Telmo Zarra

Great Spanish forward and scorer.He was the top scorer of Primera Division for about 60 years.

36 Jimmy Greaves Jimmy Greaves

The best English scorer.

37 Gabriel Batistuta Gabriel Batistuta Gabriel Omar Batistuta, nicknamed Batigol as well as El Ángel Gabriel, is a retired Argentine professional footballer.

Most complete centre forward of the last three decades.But not a scorer as Romario.

38 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.
39 Zico Zico
40 György Sárosi

He wasn't only a great scorer but also a great player. World Soccer included him in the best 100 in football history.
The Hungarian player was a second striker or midfielder and netted 453 official goals in 512 caps.

41 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for an English club Manchester United and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.


42 Stjepan Bobek

The Croatian forward scored 445 goals in 501club appearences (mainly with Partizan of United Yugoslavia) and 38 in 63 National cups.

43 Jimmy Smith

Scottish centre forward, very prolific scorer (316 goals in 315 league matches).

44 Hans Krankl
45 Mario Jardel

The Brazilian forward is one of the most prolific scorers of the three last decades but not at top level championships and without international career.

46 Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones was a very prolific North Irish striker of the mid-40s till mid-60s.
He scored 331 league goals in 289 appearences. He remains the leading goalscorer in Irish league history, and finished as league leading goalscorer in 6 different seasons, a record still unbroken.He played only one match with his National team scored three goals.
The total goals of his career were 646.

47 Frane Matosic

Frane Matošić was one of the greatest Croatian players.He played for Hajduk Split and scored 211 goals in 309 competitive games and an astonishing total of 729 in 739 games.He also played for BSK Belgrade (14 official matches - 9 goals) and AC Bologna (28 official matches - 12 goals).
Finally, he scored 6 goals for the National team of Yugoslavia (16 caps).

48 Túlio Maravilha

Great Brazilian scorer with a career of 24 years.
Brazil developed football very early but National championship was first organized in 1959.Til then local and state championships were taken place. Brazilians love football as a religion, not a sport (first sport for them is volleyball-this was mentioned by the coach of National volleyball team who won the gold medal in 1992 Olympics). They don't care so much for training and prefer to play mostly matches, friendlies officials or not.So, from the beginning of history a lot of Brazilian players are mentioned to have scored numerous goals.
In an unofficial list with players scored in their career more than 500 total goals, 15 of the 55 are Brazilians. Officialy (RSSSF) the number of these players are 27 (all of them are now in the list of the top tens).
Túlio is included in both lists ranked 9th in the official one (575 goals) and with more than 1000 unofficially (one source 1022).He never became a great star as Romario and ...more

49 Arsenio Erico

Greatest Paraguayan player ever.
He played for 14 years in Argentina and scored 295 goals in 333 appearences in the top league. He's still the top scorer of the country's championship (since 1947). He also played 5 years in his Paraguay but there're no information about it. Finally, 26 more goals in 56 for his National team.

50 Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.
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