Ranked: The Top Goal Scorers in FIFA World Cup History


This post is by Omri Wallach from Visual Capitalist


The top goal scorers in FIFA World Cup history

Ranked: The Top Goal Scorers in FIFA World Cup History

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup around the corner, soccer (or football) fans have their eyes set on how their favorite teams and players will perform.

But history shows that some players, and teams, are far more proficient in goals and wins than others. After all, with only 32 teams competing and the field quickly whittling down, there aren’t many chances for players to make their mark.

Who are history’s most prolific goal scorers? This series of graphics from Pablo Alvarez breaks down the top goal scorers in FIFA World Cup history, and their goals per appearances.

The World’s Cup Top Goal Scorers

Since the inaugural World Cup tournament in 1930, there have been 21 tournaments held across 17 countries.

At the first World Cup in Uruguay, 13 national teams competed for the championship trophy. The tournament then included 16 teams until 1982, when it expanded to 24 teams. Most recently, FIFA expanded to the current 32-team format starting in 1998.

And across all these tournaments, just 13 players have scored 10 or more goals:

RankPlayer (* denotes active)World Cup GoalsTournaments
1πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Miroslav Klose164
2πŸ‡§πŸ‡· Ronaldo153
3πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Gerd MΓΌller142
4πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Just Fontaine131
5πŸ‡§πŸ‡· PelΓ©124
T6πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί SΓ‘ndor Kocsis111
T6πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ JΓΌrgen Klinsmann113
T8πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Helmut Rahn102
T8🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧 Gary Lineker102
T8πŸ‡¦πŸ‡· Gabriel Batistuta103
T8πŸ‡΅πŸ‡ͺ TeΓ³filo Cubillas102
T8πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Thomas (Read more...)