Top 10 Goal Scorers of FIFA World Cup

Top 10 Goal Scorers of FIFA World Cup: FIFA World Cup has always been one of the most popular football tournaments of all time. There have been 21 editions of the FIFA World Cup till now, it’s played after every four years of gap. The current champions of the tournament are France, they won their 2nd title in 2018, which was hosted by Russia.

FIFA World Cup was 1st introduced in 1930 (inaugural edition). Till then the match is played for four years, leaving 1942 and 1945 due to Second World War.

So far 8 national teams have won the tournament, Brazil being the only team to win the tournament 5 times. Other countries to win the World Cup are Germany and Italy with 4 titles each. France, Uruguay (inaugural edition), Argentina with 2 titles; and England and Spain with 1 title each.

Also, the player ranked 1st in the list of most scored goals is held by Miroslav Klose for scoring 16 goals in 24 matches. Let’s know more about the players:

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Top 10 Goal Scorers of FIFA World Cup

Note: Teófilo Cubillas also scored 10 goals in World Cup in 13 games for Peru

10. Gary Lineker (England)

Gary has scored a total of 10 goals in 12 matches, making it to the list of top 10 goal scorers list. He is a former football player and is now a sports broadcaster. In his senior career, Gary played for various Premier League Clubs- Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, Nagoya Grampus, and Everton are some of them.

9. Gabreil Batistuta (Argentina)

The former Argentine Player is also on the list for scoring 10 goals in 12 matches in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 editions of the FIFA World Cup. Gabriel is one of the greatest strikers of his era. He also ranked 3rd for FIFA World Player of the year in 1999.

8. Helmut Rahn (Germany)

Rahn was a German forward player, he scored 10 goals in 10 matches in the 1954 and 1958 editions of the FIFA World Cup. He also scored the winning goal in the finals of the FIFA World Cup in 1954.

7. Jurgen Klismann (Germany)

Jurgen scored 11 goals in 17 matches among the three editions (1990, 1994, and 1998) of the tournament. The former football player and currently a football manager has played for various esteemed FCs including Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, and Monaco.

6. Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)

Sandor scored 11 goals just by playing in 5 matches in the 1954 edition of the tournament, making him the 6th highest scorer of all time. The Hungarian striker played for various Football Clubs, Barcelona being one of them.

5. Pele (Brazil)

The former Brazilian player made it under the top 5 goal scorers of the FIFA World Cup by scoring 12 goals in 14 matches among 4 editions (1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970). Pele is also labeled as “the greatest”.

4. Just Fontaine (France)

Fontaine ranks fourth in this list with 13 goals in 6 matches in only the 1958 edition of the tournament. The former footballer is the only one to score 13 goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup.

3. Gerd Muller (Germany)

After scoring only in two editions (1970, 1974), Muller is the third-highest goal scorer scoring a total of 14 goals in 13 matches. He is regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the sports world.

2. Ronaldo (Brazil)

Ronaldo ranks second on the list of Top goal Scorers with 14 goals in 19 matches among the three editions (1998, 2002, 2006). The retired Brazilian player is now a business owner and president of La Liga Club Real Valladolid. The player has been FIFA World player of the year thrice along with two Ballon d’Or awards.

1. Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Miroslav Klose marked the 1st rank in the top Goal scorers list by scoring 16 goals in 24 matches among the four editions (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014). The former German striker, now football manager is also the all-time top-scorer for Germany. He has always been one of the best players on the German National Team.

FIFA World Cup 2022

The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled from 20th November to 18th December and will be hosted by Qatar. Also, 7 new stadiums are built for the latest edition of the FIFA World Cup. There are 64 matches to be played among the 32 national teams.

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Payal Kumari
Payal Kumari
Payal Kumari is pursuing her bachelor's in journalism from St. Xavier's College, Ranchi. She is a sports enthusiast and currently pens down her thoughts for Sports Axle.


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