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List of footballers with 500 or more goals

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Josef Bican is the most prolific goalscorer in world football.

In top-level football, 29 players have scored 500 or more goals over the course of their career, according (in most cases) to research by the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Only those who were active at the highest level football for most of their careers are considered. The ranking below takes into account goals scored in official matches played with the national teams and clubs in all divisions.

Ranking

Complete

As of 20 January 2021
Bold indicates players currently active.
+ indicates that the actual number may be higher.
Rank Player Total goals Total matches Ratio Years Ref.
1 Austria Czechoslovakia Josef Bican +805 +530 1.55 1931–1958 [1][2][3]
2 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 778 1076 0.72 2001–present [4][5][6]
3 Brazil Romário 772 994 0.78 1985–2009 [7]
4 Brazil Pelé 767 834 0.92 1956–1977 [7]
5 Hungary Spain Ferenc Puskás 746 754 0.99 1943–1966 [7]
Argentina Lionel Messi 746 950 0.78 2003–present [8]
7 Germany Gerd Müller 735 793 0.93 1962–1981 [7]
8 Portugal Eusébio 623 639 0.97 1957–1980 [9]
9 Brazil Tulio Maravilha 588 794 0.74 1988–2019 [10]
10 Hungary Ferenc Deak +576 1940–1957 [7]
11 Germany Uwe Seeler 575 592 0.97 1953–1978 [11]
12 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 567 948 0.60 1999–present [12]
13 Portugal Fernando Peyroteo 559 354 1.58 1937–1950 [7]
14 Brazil Arthur Friedenreich 557 1909–1935 [7]
15 Poland Germany Ernst Willimowski +554 1934–1955 [7]
16 Scotland Jimmy McGrory 550 547 1.01 1922–1938 [7]
17 Austria Franz Binder +546 1930–1949 [7]
18 Mexico Hugo Sánchez 541 895 0.6 1976–1998 [7]
19 Germany Fritz Walter +539 1937–1959 [7]
20 Brazil Zico 536 788 0.68 1971–1994 [13]
21 Poland Robert Lewandowski 524 799 0.66 2005–present [14]
22 Hungary József Takács +523 1917–1934 [7]
23 Hungary Gyula Zsengellér +522 1935–1953 [7]
24 Argentina Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano +516 +706 0.73 1945–1966 [7]
25 Austria Hans Krankl +514 +655 0.78 1970–1989 [7]
26 Sweden Gunnar Nordahl +513 +561 0.91 1937–1958 [7]
27 Brazil Roberto Dinamite 512 825 0.62 1971–1991 [7]
28 England Jimmy Greaves 511 1957–1971 [7]
29 Hungary Ferenc Bene +508 1961–1979 [7]

Active players

Active players who have scored more than 400 goals in total. The ranking below takes into account goals scored in official matches played with national teams at all age levels and clubs in all divisions.

As of 21 January 2021
Rank Player Total goals Total matches Ratio Years Active Teams Matches Goals
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 778 1076 0.72 2001– Portugal Sporting CP B 2 0
Portugal Sporting CP 31 5
England Manchester United 292 118
Spain Real Madrid 438 450
Italy Juventus 109 85
Portugal Portugal 170 102
Portugal U23 3 2
Portugal U21 10 3
Portugal U20 5 1
Portugal U17 7 5
Portugal U15 9 7
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 746 950 0.78 2003– Spain Barcelona C 10 5
Spain Barcelona B 22 6
Spain Barcelona 753 648
Argentina Argentina 142 71
Argentina U23 5 2
Argentina U20 18 14
3 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 567 948 0.60 1999– Sweden Malmö FF 47 18
Netherlands Ajax 110 48
Italy Juventus 92 26
Italy Internazionale 117 66
Spain Barcelona 46 22
Italy Milan 118 80
France Paris Saint-Germain 180 156
England Manchester United 53 29
United States LA Galaxy 58 53
Sweden Sweden 116 62
Sweden U23 7 6
Sweden U18 4 1
4 Poland Robert Lewandowski 524 799 0.66 2005– Poland Delta Warszawa 19 4
Poland Legia II Warszawa 13 4
Poland Znicz Pruszków 65 38
Poland Lech Poznań 82 41
Germany Borussia Dortmund 187 103
Germany Bayern Munich 313 272
Poland Poland 116 63
Poland U21 3 0
Poland U19 1 0
5 Uruguay Luis Suárez 497 789 0.63 2005– Uruguay Nacional 35 12
Netherlands Groningen 37 15
Netherlands Ajax 159 111
England Liverpool 133 82
Spain Barcelona 283 198
Spain Atlético Madrid 18 11
Uruguay Uruguay 116 63
Uruguay U23 4 3
Uruguay U20 4 2
6 Maldives Ali Ashfaq 464 544 0.85 2001– Maldives Club Valencia 109 104
Maldives New Radiant 147 129
Brunei DPMM FC 7 2
Maldives VB Addu FC 85 93
Malaysia PDRM FA 70 47
Maldives Maziya S&RC 12 8
Maldives TC Sports Club 12 16
Maldives Club Green Streets 15 11
Maldives Maldives 80 53
Maldives U23 7 2
7 Uruguay Sebastián Abreu 432 850 0.51 1995– Uruguay Defensor Sporting 41 30
Argentina San Lorenzo 75 42
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 18 4
Brazil Grêmio 7 1
Mexico Tecos 51 34
Uruguay Nacional 85 48
Mexico Cruz Azul 52 46
Mexico América 16 3
Mexico Sinaloa 34 22
Mexico Monterrey 18 8
Mexico San Luis 14 5
Mexico UANL 15 7
Argentina River Plate 29 12
Israel Beitar Jerusalem 2 0
Spain Real Sociedad 18 11
Greece Aris 9 5
Brazil Botafogo 105 62
Brazil Figueirense 6 1
Argentina Rosario Central 45 11
Ecuador SD Aucas 10 4
Paraguay Sol de América 10 2
El Salvador Santa Tecla 21 13
Brazil Bangu 10 3
Uruguay Central Español 8 6
Chile Deportes Puerto Montt 15 11
Chile Audax Italiano 11 0
Chile Magallanes 8 3
Brazil Rio Branco 13 6
Uruguay Boston River 33 4
Uruguay Uruguay 70 26
Uruguay U17 1 2
8 Argentina Sergio Agüero 431 777 0.55 2003– Argentina Independiente 56 23
Spain Atlético Madrid 234 101
England Manchester City 373 255
Argentina Argentina 97 41
Argentina U23 5 2
Argentina U20 7 6
Argentina U17 5 3
9 Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 425 754 0.56 2002– Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 0
Netherlands De Graafschap 10 0
Netherlands AGOVV 37 27
Netherlands Heerenveen 61 39
Netherlands Ajax 256 158
Spain Real Madrid 20 8
Italy Milan 30 7
Germany Schalke 04 240 126
Netherlands Netherlands 76 42
Netherlands U21 23 18
10 Uruguay Edinson Cavani 420 734 0.57 2005– Uruguay Danubio FC 30 12
Italy Palermo 117 37
Italy Napoli 138 104
France Paris Saint-Germain 301 200
England Manchester United 17 5
Uruguay Uruguay 118 51
Uruguay U23 5 3
Uruguay U20 14 9
11 Brazil Neymar 404 636 0.64 2009– Brazil Santos 225 136
Spain Barcelona 186 105
France Paris Saint-Germain 100 81
Brazil Brazil 103 64
Brazil U23 14 8
Brazil U20 7 9
Brazil U17 3 1

Notes

^ Deák: data is partially missing on the regional league 1945;
^ Binder: no data for Sturm 19 St. Polten (before 1930);
^ Walter: partial data for Gauliga Südwest 1938–39;
^ Zsengeller: partial data for 2nd and 3rd leagues of Hungary (1933–35) and Serie A (1949–50);
^ Nordahl: partial data for Swedish Division 2 (1959–61);
^ Bene: partial data for 2nd/3rd league of Hungary

See also

References

  1. ^ "Prolific Scorers Data". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Josef Bican nastřílel 821 gólů v oficiálních zápasech" [Josef Bican scored 821 goals in official matches] (in Czech). Football Association of the Czech Republic. 21 January 2021. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  3. ^ "The master of marksmen". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Sporting Lisboa B (02/03)". national-football-teams.com.
  5. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo". worldfootball.net.
  6. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo". Portuguese Football Federation.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Best Goalscorers All-Time (Official Matches)". www.rsssf.com.
  8. ^ "Lionel Messi". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Eusébio". www.playmakerstats.com. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Túlio Maravilha". www.playmakerstats.com. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Uwe Seeler - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Zlatan Ibrahimović - AC Milan - Stats - titles won". www.footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Zico". www.playmakerstats.com. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich -Stats - titles won". www.footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 18 September 2020.