Top 10 Footballers with Most Goals Scored

Football is the most famous sport in the world, and it is one of the most paying athletic games. From the coaches to the old players, goalkeepers to the popular world legends, these footballers have tracked miles forward in attaining their life goals, reputation and wealth.

In a study done by the RSSSF, the list of the legendary footballers with most goals scored does not include club and national goals or goals scored in friendly games. The list of the top ten footballers with most goals scored is based on the player’s overall career goals and the total matches setting a record. Familiarize them as we go further.

10. Uwe Seeler (575 goals in 649 games)

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A former German footballer and football official, Seeler played as a captain for Hamburger SV in 1946 to 1972 and West German national team in 1953 to 1970. He also played in Cork Celtic in 1978. In 2004, Pele labeled him to be one of FIFA’s 125 greatest living players, and he was designated as one of the most famous German football players.

Seeler was a prolific, prevailing and talented striker who has been known for his leadership, consistency, overhead kicks and aerial ability. The legendary captain and footballer has received several awards throughout his career and won many championship games. Seeler is also the second best German goal scorer next to Gerd Muller.


9. Ferenc Puskas (754 goals in 1123 matches)

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A Hungarian footballer and manager, Puskas was widely known as one of the greatest players of all time. He started his career playing as a striker for the Budapest Honved I 1943 to 1955 and the Real Madrid in 1958 to 1966. He also played as a captain for the Hungarian national team and the Spain national team. Puskas was renowned as Europe’s top goal scorer in 1948.

Aside from scoring seven goals in two European Champions Cup finals, he also won four Pichichis with the Real Madrid. The IFFHS also listed him as the top scorer of the 20th century in 1995. Different recognitions and awards were given to him like the Pele’s FIFA 100 and the best Hungarian player of the last 50 years by the Hungarian Football Federation. The FIFA Puskas Award was derived from him for the players who have notched the ‘most beautiful goals.


8. Eusebio (790 goals in 809 matches)

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A Portuguese footballer, Eusebio played as a striker for different clubs from 1957 to 1979 including the Sporting de Lourenco Marques, Benfica, Boston Minutemen, Monterrey, Toronto Metros-Croatia, Beira-Mar, Las Vegas Quicksilvers, Uniao de Tomar and the New Jersey Americans. He also played for the Portugal national team. The IFFHS labeled him as the ninth best footballer of the 20th century and the tenth best footballer of the 20th century by the World Soccer magazine.

Eusebio was the top goalscorer of the tournament during the 1966 World Cup where he also garnered the Bronze Ball award. He received several awards like the Ballon d’Or award, eleven Primeira Liga titles, five Taca de Portugal titles, a European Cup and three more European Cup finals. Next to Alfredo Di Stefano, Eusebio was listed as the eighth greatest goalscorer in the European Cup history. In 1968, he was also the first recorded European Golden Boot winner. He was recognized for his speed, technique, athleticism, and his fierce right-footed shot which made him the “Africa’s first great footballer” and “Africa’s greatest-ever player”.


7. Alfredo di Stéfano (810 goals in 665 matches)

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An Argentine footballer and coach, Stefano were named as the best, most complete and influential footballer of all time. He played as a forward from 1945 to 1966 for the River Plate, Huracan, Millonarios, Real Madrid and Espanyol. He also played for the Argentinian national team, Colombian national team, and Spain national team. He is currently holding the title as the fifth highest scorer in the Spain’s top division history and the third highest league goalscorer of all time in the history of Real Madrid.

Di Stefano is often called “Saeta Rubia” which means “Blond Arrow” and is known as an important, speedy, skilled and prolific forward with prodigious endurance, strategic flexibility, creativity, and vision. He is also the second highest goal-scorer of the El Clasico history. The Royal Spanish Football Federation named him as the Golden Player of Spain.


6. Romario (923 goals in 1220 matches)

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A former Brazilian footballer and manager, Romario is a creative striker known for his experimental concluding. He is among the greatest forwards of all time. Romario played from 1985 to 2009 for the Olaria, Vasco da Gama, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Flamengo, Valencia, Fluminense, Miami FC, Adelaide United and America (RJ). He also played for the Brazilian national team.

Romario won different awards and titles during his career like the Brazilian League title. He was a three-time top scorer in the league and the third highest goal scorer in his national team. He has also made a way to be the second Brazilian league top scorer. Romario became the Vasco da Gama manager in 2007 to 2008 before he entered the politics.


5. Franz Binder (1006 goals in 756 matches)

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An Australian footballer and coach, Binder started his career from 1930 to 1949 as a striker for the SK Rapid Wien. He also played for the Austrian national team and German national team. After his retirement, he became a team coach of the SSV Jahn Regensburg, PSV Eindhoven, 1 FC Nurnberg, TSV 1860 Muchen and the Rapid Wein.

Binder was called Bimbo who recorded prolific goals and won different awards and titles. He won four national championships for the Austrian team and became the three-time top goal-scorer in the history of the Austrian league. He also won the German championship in 1941. Aside from Gerd Muller, Arthur Friedenreich, Josef Bican, and Pele, he is one of the few players who scored more than 1000 goals throughout his career.


4. Pele (1284 goals in 1375 matches)

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A former Brazilian footballer, Pele played as a forward from 1956 to 1977 for the Bauru, Santos and New York Cosmos. He also played for the Brazilian national team. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) listed him as the World Player of the Century in 1999 and he was chosen as the Football Player of the Century by the France Football. In recognition of his career and achievements, he acquired the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in 2013.

With a total of 1284 goals, 541 of his goals were listed from his league goals. Additionally, he was considered the world’s most paid athlete during his career days. Also dubbed as A Perola Negra which means “The Black Pearl,” O Rei do Futebol which means “The King of Football” and O Rei Pele or just “The King Pele.” Sources say his electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals” made him a legendary football player worldwide.


3. Arthur Friedenreich (1329 goals in 1239 matches)

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A Brazilian footballer, Friedenreich was the first outstanding black player regarding the sport. He was renowned as “The Tiger” during his career days. Friedenreich played from 1909 to 1935 as a striker for the Germania, Ypiranga, SC Germania, Mackenzie College, Paulistano, Sao Paulo, Atletico Mineiro, and Flamengo. He also played for the Brazilian national team.

Friedenreich was influenced by his father when he started his career. In 1914, he debuted with the national team, and in 1925, he was named the “King of Football.” He is the first Afro-Brazilian professional football player making his name and success.


2. Gerd Muller (1461 goals in 1216 matches)

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A former German footballer, Muller is a prolific striker that started his career from 1963 to 1981 for the 1861 Nordlingen, Bayern Munich, and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He also played for the West Germany U23 national team and the West German national team. Muller is known for his irrefutable angling particularly inside the penalty box.

Renowned as the Bomber der Nation which means “the nation’s bomber” or Der Bomber, Muller is also dubbed by Čik Čajkovski as the Kleines Dickes Muller or only “short fat Muller.” Cajkovski was Croatian, and his first coach at the Bayern Munich was. During the 1970 World Cup, he acquired the Golden Boot award as the top goalscorer.


1. Josef Bican (1468 goals in 918 matches)

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A Czech-African footballer, Bican was a prolific striker who played from 1928 to 1955 for the Schustek, Farbenlutz, Rapid Vienna, Admira, Slavia Prague, FC Vitkovice, FC Hradec Kralove and the Dynamo Prague. He also played for the Austrian, Czechoslovakian, and Bohemian and Moravian national teams. According to the Rec. Sports Soccer Football Statistics Foundation, Bican is the most prolific goalscorer in the football history.

Bican was renowned for his ability to play with both feet and his speed ability to run 100 meters within 10.8 seconds. The IFFSH also granted him the Golden Ball award as the greatest goalscorer in the last century. Additionally, he was known as the season’s highest scorer in Europe on five distinct times.