Football is one of the most played, watched, and loved sports in the world. Football was introduced in the year 1963, in England. Though there are other facts as well, which gives an indication that football was established way back in China with the name, Cuju. A first football game that aired on television was between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves, in the year 1937. There have been numerous legends that football has given such as, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, Diego Maradona, and many more. Fernando Peyroteo, a Portuguese striker has the best goals-per-game ratio of 1.6, as compared to Messi of 0.82, and Ronaldo of 0.69. These legends at numerous occasion have won the game on their own for their teams. Let’s see some of the top goal scorers of all time, in a world cup.
Let’s Go Through Some Top Goal Scorers:
1. Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 16 Goals
Legendary German Player, who is known for his miraculous goals.In 2002 World Cup, where his eight goals on debut, made him the first player to do so in the World Cup. He is also the German’s National team highest goal scorer with 71 goals. His somersault became trademark celebration, following 2006 world cup triumph. Klose also has a world cup in his name for the year 2014. He has also won two Bundes Liga titles and an Italian Cup. This legend started his Bundesliga career with the club Kaiserslautern, where he scored 62 Goals. He is the only second player after Pele to Participate in four world cups. He is the Germany’s most influential player and goal scorers of all time.
2. Ronaldo (Brazil) – 15 Goals
Legendary Brazilian, who is best remembered for his exploits at the 2002 World Cup where his eight goals, including two in the final, led his team to glory. He is the record three-time FIFA player and two times Ballon d’Or holder. He is the inductee of Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the Italian Football Hall of Fame. This legend has scored 62 goals, in his 98 matches for Brazil team internationally. He started his career with the club Cruzeiro, making 12 goals in 14 appearances. Ronaldo is among the few players who have played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. He has one world cup in 2002, and one UEFA cup under his name. At club level, he has scored 343 goals, in his 247 appearances. He is the most prolific goal scorers from Brazil after Pele.
3. Gerd Muller (West Germany) – 14 Goals
Arguably the best penalty box striker of all time, Muller hit 10 as West Germany finished third in 1970, and then four in 1974 as Holland were defeated in the final. He has scored 68 goals in 62 appearances, for West Germany on an international front. He is at the 12th spot, for all time international goalscorers. Gerd Muller has scored 365 goals, in his 427 appearances for Bayern Munich, in Bundesliga. He is at the 13th spot, for the all-time greatest players. This legend has a World cup and European Champions cup under his name. He also won Ballon d’Or in 1970, along with Golden Boot award in the same year. He began his career at TSV 1861 Nordlingen, which is a German club.
4. Just Fontaine (France) – 13 Goals
Just Fontaine holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a single tournament, by scoring 13 Goals, in 1958 FIFA world cup. He started his career with the club, USM Casablanca. He has a world cup, for which he also won Golden Boot award. Fontaine is on the list of top 100 best footballers alive in history. He is also, founder of National Union of Professional Football Players in 1961. He has scored 259 goals, in his all 283 appearances. Just Fontaine has scored 30 goals, in his 21 appearances for France national team. He got to retire at the age of 28, because of severe injury. He is also in the list of top goal scorers of all time.
5. Pele (Brazil) – 12 Goals
The King burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old in 1958, scoring twice in the final win over Sweden and hit the back of the net again in the final 12 years later, during the 4-1 thumping of Italy. Pele’s original name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He has been declared as the world player of the century by, International Federation of Football History & Statistics. Pele considered as the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games. He also has Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football. Pele started his senior career with Santos in 1956, and scored 619 goals, in his 638 appearances. He has scored 77 goals for Brazil, in his 92 appearances. Pele has won three FIFA world cups with Brazil, most by any Player. He has two silver boots and one golden ball from FIFA world cup. He is the most prolific goal scorers of all time.
6. Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 11 Goals
Like Just Fontaine further down this list, Kocsis only played in one world cup but was a key player in the magnificent Hungary team of 1954, scoring in every game apart from the shock final defeat to West Germany. He has scored 75 goals, in his 68 appearances for Hungary. He has played for FC Barcelona, where he scored 42 goals, in 75 appearances. His 1.103 goals/game average is ranked No.2 for players. He has scored seven hat-tricks for Hungary. He started his career as junior for the club, Kobanyai TC. Later on, he moved to Ferencvaros TC, where he won first league title of Hungary. Kocsis has won two La Liga titles, with FC Barcelona. He also got the place in the 100 greatest footballers of all time. He also won FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award, in the year 1954 for scoring 11 goals.
7. Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany) – 11 Goals
Prolific striker who excelled in three straight World Cups and forged an impressive partnership with Rudi Voller. Jurgen started his career with the German club, Stuttgart Kickers in 1981. Later on, he played for Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, and Bayern Munich. He has won the FIFA world cup with Germany team, in the year 1990. He has a coaching experience with Germany team from 2004-2006, and also with American Football team until 2016, in that year he was fired. Jurgen has scored 110 goals, in his 221 appearances for Bayern Munich. He has scored 47 goals, in his 108 appearances for the Germany team. This legend also holds the best goal scorer with 16 goals in the UEFA-Cup 1996. He is also an Olympic bronze medalist, which he won in the year 1988. Jurgen is one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.
8. Helmut Rahn (West Germany) – 10 Goals
‘The Cannon from Essen’ is best remembered for scoring twice in the 1954 final against Hungary, but he was also a star four years later, in Sweden. His 10 goals came from just nine games. He started his career at Altenessen 1912, where he played from 1938 until 1946. Helmut Rahn started his senior career at Rot-Weiss Essen, where he scored 88 goals, in his 201 appearances. He took retirement from Football, in 1965, due to a knee problem. Rahn has scored 145 goals in his 415 appearances, at the club level. He has scored 21 goals for West Germany, at the International level. He is also the winner of Fifa World Cup Silver Boot, in 1958. Helmut is currently doing the business as a car dealer. The movie Das Wunder Von Bern depicts his life made by Director Sonke Wartmann.
9. Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) – 10 Goals
Legendary Argentine striker with a bullet of a right foot. Not only at his peak during the 1994 and 98 editions but also scored as a veteran in Japan/South Korea. He started his career with Newell’s Old Boys, where he scored 4 goals. Later on, he went on to play River Plate, Boca Juniors, Florentina, Roma, and Al-Arabi. He has scored 56 goals, in 78 appearances for Argentina International. Gabriel has won two Copa America cup and one Fifa Confederations cup with Argentina. He has won bronze medal award for Fifa world player of the year 1999, including Fifa silver boot in the year 1998.
He got a place into the Italian Hall Of Fame in the year 2013. Gabriel is one of the most influential goal scorers of all time.
10. Gary Lineker (England) – 10 Goals
Gary was top scorer at the 1986 World Cup with six goals. Also struck four times in 1990, as England finished fourth. He started his career at Leicester City in 1978, where he scored 95 goals, in his 194 appearances. He has also played for FC Barcelona and went onto score 42 goals in his 103 matches. Gary has never received a yellow or red card in his long career. He is the recipient of Fifa Fair Play award in the year 1990 for his fair play. He is the only English player to win the three English Golden Boot Award, for Leicester City, Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur. Gary Lineker has scored 238 goals, in his 438 appearances, at the club level. He has scored 48 goals in 80 matches, for England Internationally.
Here is the list of top 10 goalscorers from football world cups. Do share your views with us in the comment section. Till then, happy reading.