The best all time goal scorers in football history
Gerd Muller (1963-1981) 735 Goals Scored
The German legend scored 68 goals in only 62 appearances for his country’s national team, as well as a record of 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games. He also set an international record of 66 goals in 74 European club games during his career. Muller currently sits at 11th place among all time international goal scorers. He was named the European Footballer of the Year after his 1970 season at Bayern Munich, in addition he scored 10 goals at that year’s World Cup for West Germany which earned him the Golden Boot award as the top goal scorer of the tournament.
Ferenc Puskas (1943-1966) 746 Goals Scored
The Hungarian born footballer is not only considered to be one of Real Madrid’s all-time greatest players, but simply one of the greatest all-around footballers to have ever played. He scored 84 goals in 85 matches for Hungary in International play, and 514 goals in 529 games in the Spanish and Hungarian leagues he played. Ferenc added to his accomplishments as he was an Olympic Champion in 1952 as he commanded his club to the finals of the World Cup in 1954, earning himself the tournament’s best player award.With 3 European Cups, 10 National Championships, and a total of 8 top scoring honors, Ferenc was a heavily decorated footballer when he ended his playing career in 1966 and begun managing in soccer.
Pele (1956-1977) 767 Goals Scored
Regarded by most as the greatest footballer to ever play the game, a man of such legend only needs one name for people to recognize and recall his greatness. Voted as the World’s player of the century in 1999 by the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics). Pete’s legend superseded that of his footballer prowess, as he was also voted as the Athlete of the Century in 1999, and Time magazine also named as one of their 100 most influential people of the 20th century. On the pitch, Pele was a force to be reckon with. He scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games, which includes unofficial friendlies and tour games in which he played, which is considered to be the Guiness World Record for most career goals scored by a footballer. He helped lead his native country, Brazil, and their national team to 3 FIFA World Cup championships during his storied career.
Romario (1985-2009) 772 Goals Scored
Another one of Brazil’s prized pieces over their rich football history is Romario. The striker helped Brazil to win the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. on his way to receiving the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, and eventually being named FIFA’s World Player of the Year that year. He finished 5th in FIFA’s Player of the Century poll in 1999, a poll in which is fellow countryman, Pele, finished second. Romario played in a number of different leagues during his career, and has great success as a goal scorer in every one of them. He had stops in the Netherlands, Barcelona, Spain, among others, on his way to solidifying his place in history among football’s greatest goal scorers.
Josef Bican (1928-1955) 805 Goals Scored
The most prolific goal scorer in the history of the game was the striker for the Czech-Austrian club. With an incredible 805 goals scored in competitive matches, which doesn’t include friendlies, Bican sits atop the list of best football goal scorers of all time. A player that some of today’s fans don’t recognize because of the era he played in, but Bican dominated at every level of football he played in, and in various professional leagues. He played for Salvia throughout World War II for 8 seasons in which he scored 328, including an amazing 57 goals in 24 matches during one of those seasons, which is an unimaginable effort.
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