Information about the top scorers in football history varies greatly. Therefore, there are several performance rankings that are headed by different players.
To avoid confusion, we have decided to rely on the most popular and authoritative one — from the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. This company was founded in 1994 by three friends Lars Aarhus, Kent Hedlundh and Karel Stockermans. They began to painstakingly collect information about the top scorers from historical documents, counting only official matches, and finally obtained a ranking that is close to the truth, which is referred to by well-known statistical portals Squawka Football, Opta and others.
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10. Abe Lenstra, 710 goals (752 games)
Dutchman Abe Lenstra is the best player in the history of the modest Heerenveen and Holland’s top scorer. In the mid-20th century the striker scored almost as many goals as he played for his home club and the Dutch national team. He was slow, but an excellent understanding of the game and a brilliant mind helped Lenstra make up for his lack of speed. At the time, Abe and his wife were as popular in Holland as the Beckhams are now: the Lenstra couple were advertising Coca-Cola and bouillon cubes, and starred in fashion magazines.
9. Gerd Müller, 735 goals (793 games)
The legendary Bayern Munster forward Gerd Müller is the creator of the Bundesliga all-time record. In the 1971-72 season, the striker scored 40 goals and became the league’s top scorer. Until now, no-one has even come close to this record. However, Gerd only ran an average of 2.1 miles per game (ridiculous figures in our time) and listened to his team-mates’ jokes about his excess weight. Obviously, Müller scored not because of his physical fitness but because of his incredible goalscoring instincts.
8. Lionel Messi, 761 goals (966 games)
The best footballer in football history (in terms of the number of Golden Goals) is still going strong, breaking new records in terms of goalscoring and scoring in batches. The 34-year-old Lionel Messi now has nearly 8 hundred goals and 6 golden boots under his belt. With such enthusiasm, the Barcelona forward will surely be able to climb at least four places before the end of his career.
7. Pele, 775 goals (841 games)
According to Brazilian statisticians, Pele is the best goalscorer in football history. They claim that goals scored in friendly matches should also be counted, so the Brazilian has 1091 goals to his credit. And that is just at the club level. In total, Pele has scored 1,283 goals. However, the opinion of Brazilian statistical enthusiasts was not listened to — as a result, the King of Football is only in 7th place.
6. Romario, 780 goals (1,000 games)
The great Romario has scored for the national team and every club in which he has played: there have been as many as ten in his career. The result — universal recognition and the title of top scorer Carioca League, the championships of Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil, the European Cup, the Club World Cup and the Confederations Cup.
5. Deák Ferenc, 794 goals (510 games)
Hungarian striker Ferenc is the author of a unique achievement. With 66 goals in one league season (1945/1946), Deák broke the record for goals scored in a single season — a feat no-one else in Europe had ever surpassed. Ferenc spent his entire career at home where he scored almost 800 goals and was nicknamed the Bamba.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo, 807 goals (1,087 games)
Ronaldo is undoubtedly at the peak of his career and, despite his far-too-early age by football standards, he remains one of the best players of his time and a role model for many youngsters. He still continues to run at the same speed as he did when he was 25, still feints flawlessly, beats the dribble, and, of course, scores goals. It remains to be seen how long the Portuguese will be able to play at the highest level, but he has already scored more than 807 goals for clubs and the national team and has not stopped for a second. Nobody knows how many goals this great athlete will score in the future, so get ready to bet at the betting and Bitcoin casino sites.
3. Ferenc Puskás, 808 goals (794 games)
Of course, the ranking of the best goalscorers in football history could not do without the player whose name carries the FIFA goalscorer of the year award. Ferenc Puskász won the Hungarian league with Gonvéd and the Primera with Real Madrid several times, was the highest scorer of the Hungarian and Spanish championships 4 times each and earned the title of best Hungarian player of all time during his lifetime.
2. Josef Bican, 948 goals (621 games)
Josef Bican was a forward ahead of his time. The mid-twentieth century striker excelled through an outstanding combination of physique and technique: he was extremely versatile on the pitch, could kick with both feet and could run a hundred metres in just 10.8 seconds. Unsurprisingly, Josef was Europe’s top scorer five times.
Josef’s career began in Austria in 1931. He played for two clubs: at Rapid he became top scorer and won the league title and at Admir he took two more championships. In just six years he played in 229 games and scored 303 goals.
Towards the end of his career, Bican played for three other Czechoslovak clubs: Vitkovice Ostrava, Spartak Hradec Králové and Dinamo Prague. These clubs played for most of the time in the lower leagues, so Bican was consistently top of the scoring charts. Records of some matches have not survived, so it is not known exactly how much Bitsan scored during that stretch.
1. Erwin Helmchen, 982 goals (575 games)
Surely you would have expected to see someone else in the first place. But, according to the statistics campaign, it was the “nobody knows” German, born in 1907 and who played more than 25 years in his homeland, who turned out to be the best goalscorer in the history of football. Surprisingly, Helmchen has spent his entire career with clubs that are now far from even the second Bundesliga, and he has never played an official game for his country — several times through injury, once because of ill health and once because of a wedding trip.