List of men's footballers with 500 or more goals

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In top-level football, 28 players have scored 500 or more goals over the course of their career. According to research by the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Only those who were active in the highest level football for all or most of their careers are considered. The ranking below takes into account goals scored in official matches played with national teams at all age levels and clubs in all divisions.[1]

Ranking[edit]

Key

+ Unverified data is excluded from players' data; goal and match totals may be higher.
Players in bold are currently active; data is accurate as of the 7 October 2018.

Rank Player Goals Matches Ratio Years
1 Austria/Czech Republic Josef Bican+ 805 530 1.52 1931–1955
2 Brazil Romário 772 994 0.78 1985–2007
3 Brazil Pelé 767 831 0.92 1957–1977
4 Hungary Ferenc Puskás+ 746 754 0.99 1943–1966
5 Germany Gerd Müller 735 793 0.93 1962–1981
6 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 680 960 0.71 2001–present[2]
7 Argentina Lionel Messi 655 831 0.79 2003–present[3]
8 Hungary Ferenc Deák+ 576 1940–1957
9 Germany Uwe Seeler 575 1953–1978
Brazil Túlio Maravilha 575 1988–2012
11 Brazil Arthur Friedenreich 557 1909–1935
12 Poland/Germany Ernst Willimowski+ 554 1934–1955
13 Portugal Eusébio 552 1957–1979
14 Scotland Jimmy McGrory 550 1922–1937
15 Austria Franz Binder+ 546 1930–1949
16 Portugal Fernando Peyroteo 544 1937–1949
17 Mexico Hugo Sánchez+ 541 1976–1997
18 Germany Fritz Walter+ 539 1937–1959
19 Hungary József Takács+ 523 1917–1934
20 Hungary Gyula Zsengellér+ 522 1935–1953
Brazil Zico 522 1971–1994
22 Argentina/Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano+ 514 1945–1966
Austria Hans Krankl 514 1970–1989
24 Sweden Gunnar Nordahl+ 513 1937–1958
25 Brazil Roberto Dinamite 512 1971–1993
26 England Jimmy Greaves 511 1957–1980
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 511 882 0.58 1999–present[4]
28 Hungary Ferenc Bene+ 508 1961–1978

Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kolos, Vladimir (21 January 2016). "Prolific Scorers Data: Best Goalscorers All-Time (Official Matches)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  3. ^ Lionel Messi at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ Zlatan Ibrahimović at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 September 2018.