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1. Arthur Friedenreich – 1,329 goals:

Surprisingly the man who tops this list is not Pele, but
another Brazilian who went by the name Arthur
Friedenreich. The Brazilian striker played for an
astonishing 26 years from 1909-1935 scoring an absolutely
incredible 1,329 goals in his career. He was the Copa
America player of the tournament and the golden boot
winner in 1919.
However, he never represented Brazil in a World Cup as
there was a serious misunderstanding between the
Football Leagues of the States of Rio de Janeiro and Sao
Paulo. Nicknamed the ‘Tiger’, he was the game’s first
outstanding black player and he had to face many barriers
and widespread racism throughout his career.
He played a starring role in Brazil’s 1919 and 1922 Copa
America campaign and he was crowned as the “King of
football” in Brazil’s 1925 tour of Europe. The late Arthur
Friedenreich with 1,329 goals is the greatest goalscorer in
football history.

2. Pele – 1,281 goals:

In the 1958 World Cup, a 17 year and 239-day old Brazilian
striker emerged as probably the greatest prodigy of all
time.With his pace, effortless grace, immense poise,
impressive power and most importantly supreme
intelligence, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, fondly known as
Pele, is probably one of the greatest footballers of all
Winning three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only
player in the world to achieve such a feat Pele has also
scored a whopping 1281 goals in 1363 games. The striker who
made the world believe in this game through his game, a
player who brought a whole nation together, surely it is
difficult to have found someone who has done it better
than the legend Pele.Pele never played in Europe, spending
the majority of his career at childhood club Santos. He
spent a couple of seasons at New York Cosmos before
calling time on his stunning career.

3. Josef Bican – 805 goals :

The player with a most incredible goals to game ratio of
1.52, Josef Bican was the season’s highest scorer in Europe
on five separate occasions. Bican had the ability to play
with both feet; he also had considerable pace and was able
to run 100 metres in 10.8 seconds, which was as fast as
many sprinters of the time.
The International Federation of Football History &
Statistics (IFFHS) awarded Bican the “Golden Ball” as
the greatest goalscorer of the last century.Bican is best
known for his time with Rapid Vienna and Slavia Prague.
He is the only person in the history of the game to score 7
goals in a game on three different occasions. His
goalscoring exploits with Vienna and Prague are scarcely
believable.In 49 games for Vienna he scored 52 times while
with Prague, he played 217 times scoring an astonishing 395
goals. With 805 goals in his career, the tall, handsome and
speedy Austrian is the third highest goalscorer in the
history of the game.

4. Romario – 743 goals :

In a long and successful career which spanned for close to
24 years, Romario cemented his legacy as one of the
greatest goal scorers to ever play the game. The
Brazilian is best remembered for his times at PSV
Eindhoven and Barcelona.
Blessed with supreme dribbling skills and finishing,
Romario’s laid back manner and supreme self-confidence
made him one of the most dangerous forwards of all time.
He scored 165 goals in 167 games for PSV and he also scored
a very impressive 39 goals in his two seasons at
Barcelona.In a nomadic career where he played for clubs
like Flamengo, Vasco Da Gama, PSV, Barcelona and
Valencia, Romario scored an amazing 688 goals in his 886
He also scored 55 goals for Brazil and with 743 goals in his
career, Romario is the fourth greatest goal scorer of all

5. Gerd Muller – 711 goals :

Gerd Müller is the most lethal finisher in the history of
football. The German was not one to show fancy footwork
or waste his time doing some eye-catching stepovers. What
he did do was score goals and he scored everytime he
played.Müller’s statistics are truly astonishing.
He has scored an amazing 711 goals for club and country
and he even held the record for the most goals in a
calendar year before it was broken by Lionel Messi. Müller
scored 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga matches for Bayern
Munich, almost 100 goals more than the second most
successful Bundesliga scorer, Klaus Fischer.
Famous football author David Winner best epitomized
Muller’s game when he said:“He never fitted the
conventional idea of a great footballer, but he had lethal
acceleration over short distances, a remarkable aerial
game, and uncanny goalscoring instincts. His short legs
gave him a strangely low center of gravity, so he could
turn quickly and with perfect balance in spaces and at
speeds that would cause other players to fall over. He
also had a knack of scoring in unlikely situations.”Muller
is quite simply the best finisher in football history.

6. Ferenc Puskas – 700 goals:

Blessed with a thunderous left foot and superb positioning
skills, Ferenc Puskas is easily one of the greatest players
to ever play the game. He was the lynchpin of the all-
conquering “Magical Magyars” and led the Hungary team to
unprecedented success.
During the second half of his career, Puskas formed a
deadly combination with the great Alfredo Di Stefano
during his stint at Real Madrid as they the duo tore up
defences and guided the Los Blancos to five straight
league titles and three European Cups. The legendary
Hungarian striker was La Liga’s top scorer for 4 seasons in
a row. His phenomenal goal scoring prowess can be seen
from the fact that he scored an astonishing 616 goals in
620 appearances for his club sides.
He is also Hungary’s record scorer having scored 84 times in
85 appearances. With 700 goals in his amazing career,
Puskas is the sixth highest goalscorer of all time.

7. Eusebio – 621 Goals

Statistics in football are often overrated, but 621 goals in
637 appearances, makes the Portuguese ‘black panther’
Eusebio one of the greatest goalscorers of all time. For
many, including the great Pele, Eusebio was the undisputed
king of football.
That he had a god given talent, was clear to everyone
who was fortunate enough to watch him play. Blessed with
an athletic physique and an incredible eye for goal,
Eusebio is best remembered for his time with Benfica,
where he won a European Cup and 11 Premiere Ligas.
In 440 matches for the Portuguese giants, he scored an
incredible 473 times and he is still considered by many to be
the greatest Portuguese footballer of all time.Eusebio won
various personal accolades in those years, winning the
Ballon d’Or in 1965 and coming second the following year
where he lost to Bobby Charlton by a single vote. In 1968,
he was awarded the Golden Boot for most number of goals
in Europe, and achieved that feat again five years later.
‘The black panther’ definitely one of the greatest
strikers to ever play the beautiful game.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo – 593 goals :

One of the two standout players of this generation,
Cristiano Ronaldo is easily one of the greatest players of
all time. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester
United for a then world record fee of £80 million and he
has been worth every single penny so far. Ever since his
move to Real Madrid, his goalscoring exploits have been
simply mind boggling. In 389 appearances, Ronaldo has
scored an astonishing 399 goals and has been at the
forefront of Real Madrid’s two Champions League triumphs
in the last 3 years. He was also prolific with Manchester
United where he scored 118 times in 292 games. Ronaldo has
now scored an incredible 522 goals for his club sides making
him the greatest goalscorer among the current
With 71 goals for Portugal, he is their all-time record
goalscorer. He has scored a total of 593 goals in his
career, and if he continues his incredible goalscoring
exploits, he is sure to be ranked much higher than #9 by
the time his career is over.

9. Ferenc Deak – 576 goals:

With 576 goals recorded for club and country, legendary
Hungarian footballer Ferenc Deak takes the #8 position
on this list. Deak was a supreme goalscorer who had an
astonishing 1.15 goals to game ratio throughout his
career.He played for several clubs in his active career
which includes Szentlrinci SE, Ferencváros and Budapesti
He also represented the Hungary national team 20 times
where he netted a phenomenal 29 goals.For his astonishing
goalscoring efforts, Ferenc Deak was named the Hungarian
footballer of the year in 1946. The second world war
prevented Deak from playing more for Hungary, otherwise,
this legendary goalscorer might have well been higher up
on this list.

10. Lionel Messi – 571 goals :

The only footballer ever to win the Ballon d’Or five times,
Lionel Messi is an absolute phenomenon. The diminutive
Argentine has been Barcelona’s main man since 2008 and
has put in some spell bounding performances for both
Barcelona and Argentina. The Argentine maestro who is
still only 29 has scored an incredible 513 goals in 621
matches for the Catalan giants. A player who has defined
a generation along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi is
definitely one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Also, Messi is the highest scorer for his national side as
well with 58 goals in 117 appearances. One of only two
active players on this list, Messi’s position will definitely be
much closer to the top when he calls time on his
illustrious career.

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