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The 14 top scorers in the history of football (in official matches)

The subject of this post has generated quite a bit of controversy for several decades. The subject of this post comes down to something as simple in football as pushing the ball into the goal, yet so complex that only a few have made their mark on the Olympus of top scorers.

Many do not agree when it comes to making a unified list. Some sources differ with respect to what we are going to publish so far from opening more debate from Stellars we will refer to the ranking of the RSSSF (Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation), the ranking of the top scorers in official matches recognized by UEFA and FIFA.

Do you know who’s in the lead? Read to the end because you probably haven’t heard of many of the players featured.

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14 – Zico (523). One of the biggest Brazilian stars of the 80s. Spectacular dribbling playmaker. The so-called “white Pelé”.

13 – Isidro Lángara. (525) Spanish player born in Guipuzcoa in 1912 and currently Real Oviedo’s top scorer with 257 goals. Lángara has the best goalscoring average in the Spanish Primera Division with 1.16 goals per game, and is also the only player to have managed to string together three hat tricks in a row. He is also the only player in history to have reached the figure of 100 goals and to have been top scorer in three different First Division championships (three Pichichis in Spain, one in Argentina and two in Mexico).

12 – Jimmy McGrory (528). legendary player in Scotland and at Celtic Glasgow, where he played for 15 seasons and where he scored 520 of his goals. 7th top scorer in the European league championships.

11 – Robert Lewandoski (535, active). There is little to say about the Polish striker of Bayer Munich, a team he joined in the 2014-15 season and with whom he has not stopped breaking records. Third top scorer in the Bundesliga. Robert holds some of the best and most incredible records in football as the scorer of the fastest hat-trick, quadruple and quintuple in a single match. He also holds the record for being the substitute who has scored the most goals after coming on as well as four Guinness World Records.

10 – Eusebius (547). Portuguese of Mozambican origin was one of the best players of the 60s and considered the 7th best player in Europe in the twentieth century and in 9th place in the ranking of the best players in the world in the twentieth century. Golden Ball in 1965 and Golden Shoe in 66 and 73.

9 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (564, active). Swedish footballer and great personality in football. One of the ten players with the most titles won in his career with thirty-one, ten after playing for nine different clubs. Undoubtedly one of the best strikers of all time and with options to increase his legend.

8 – Jimmy Jones (647). Born in Northern Ireland in 1928. At the age of 18 he suffered a broken leg due to a riot at the football ground of the team where he made his debut, Belfast Celtic FC in 1946. Because of this the team disintegrated and it was not until 1951 when Glenavon FC decided to sign him. Jones scored 517 goals for the club in 447 games. He still holds the record as the all-time leading scorer in NIFL Premiership history with 647 goals.

7 – Gerd “Torpedo” Müller (735) One of the best strikers in the history of Bayern Munich and top scorer in the Bundesliga until Lewandoski took the record away from him in 2020. Germany’s top scorer until 2014 with 68 goals. Golden Ball winner in 1970 and twice winner of the Golden Shoe in 1970 and 1972.

6 – Ferenc Puskas (746) historical member of the teams Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület and Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, being with the white team with whom he achieved his greatest successes and world recognition. He arrived in Madrid at the age of 31 and with 12 kilos of extra weight after escaping the communist coup d’état in Hungary, as did some of the greatest exponents of the Magical Magyars (Zcibor, Kocsis and before that Kubala and Daucik). and took refuge in Italy, a place where he only ate pasta and where he had to stay without playing football. Winner of five Hungarian leagues, five Spanish leagues, one Spanish Cup championship, three European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup, he was also proclaimed top scorer of the Spanish First Division four times.

5 – Lionel Messi (751, active). There’s little we can say about Messi that we don’t already know. At the time of writing this post he has 751 goals but we’re sure we’ll soon have to update that figure in his new stint at Paris Saint Germaine.

4 – Pelé (767). Edson Arantes do Nascimento is considered the greatest player of all time with over 1300 total goals in his career. Why then are only 767 accounted for? By different criteria. RSSSF statisticians only take into account goals scored in professional matches of A class clubs. All goals from amateur categories are unfortunately not included, that’s why O’Rei is in 4th position.

3 – Romario (772). Well known in the Spanish League after his time with FC Barcelona in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. In addition to winning a league championship, he was the winner of a World Cup in 1994, a Copa America in 1989 and 1997. Romario is the second Brazilian, after Pele, to take credit for surpassing the 1,000-goal mark. However, some sections of the Brazilian press have claimed that the 1000th goal “is part of Romario’s personal tally, as it would include goals scored at youth level and in unofficial matches”.

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo (788, active). The “other” great scorer of the XXI century with Messi and one of the best strikers that has given the history of football. The Portuguese is the first player to win four Ballon d’Ors, the second player in history to win the Ballon d’Or (with five), three Ballon d’Ors and two FIFA Ballon d’Ors.

Cristiano has been the first to win FIFA’s The Best award for the best player in the world and the one who has achieved it the most with two. He is the Portuguese national team’s all-time top scorer (111 goals), the world’s top scorer at international level, and the all-time top scorer in the Champions League (with 137 goals) counting the qualifying round. He also holds the marks for most goals in a single edition with 17 goals in 11 games (2013-14) and most goals in a group stage of the tournament with 11 goals in six games (2015-16).

He also holds the record of top scorer of the Champions tournament with six editions.

He is also the Madrid player who needed the fewest games (92) to reach 100 goals in the Spanish league championship, the first player in the history of the competition to score against all the teams he played against in a season and the only player capable of scoring in six consecutive Clasicos.

1 – Josef Bican (805). Born in Prague in 1913 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire who played as a striker in different teams in Austria and Hungary being S. K. Slavia Praha the team where he played more seasons (12). It is considered that he scored more than 1812 goals in more than 1089 matches, being the second most prolific scorer in official matches in recorded history but only being recognized by FIFA. 805 goals in official matches.


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