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]

As of 18 August 2019
Indicates player whose unverified data is excluded; goal and match totals may be higher or sometimes lower.

Bold indicates players currently active.

Rank Player Goals Matches Ratio Years
1 AustriaCzech Republic Josef Bican 805 530 1.52 1931–1955
2 Brazil Romário 772 993 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 707 998 0.71 2001–present[2]
7 Argentina Lionel Messi 698 878 0.79 2003–present[3]
8 Hungary Ferenc Deák 576 1940–1957
9 Germany Uwe Seeler 575 1953–1978
BrazilTúlio Maravilha 575 1988–2012
11 Brazil Arthur Friedenreich 557 1909–1935
12 PolandGermany 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 544 334 1.63 1937–1949
17 Mexico Hugo Sánchez 541 1976–1997
18 Germany Fritz Walter 539 1937–1959
19 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 532 905 0.59 1999–present[4]
20 Brazil Zico 524 770 0.68 1971–1994
21 Hungary József Takács 523 1917–1934
22 Hungary Gyula Zsengellér 522 1935–1953
23 ArgentinaSpain Alfredo Di Stéfano 516 706 0.73 1945–1966
24 Austria Hans Krankl 514 1970–1989
25 Sweden Gunnar Nordahl 513 1937–1958
26 Brazil Roberto Dinamite 512 1971–1993
27 England Jimmy Greaves 511 1957–1980
28 Hungary Ferenc Bene 508 1961–1979

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

Active Players (More than 400 goals)[edit]

As of 17 August 2019
Rank Player Goals Matches Ratio Years Goals per teams
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 707[5] 998 0.71 2001 – 2 matches/0 goals Sporting CP B,31/5 Sporting CP, 292/118 Manchester United, 438/450 Real Madrid, 43/28 Juventus

158/88 Portugal, 3/2 Portugal U23, 10/3 Portugal U21 5/1 Portugal U20, 7/5 Portugal U17, 9/7 Portugal U15

2 Argentina Lionel Messi 698[6] 878 0.79 2003 – 10 matches/5 goals FC Barcelona C, 22/6 FC Barcelona B, 687/603 Barcelona FC

136/68 Argentina, 5/2 Argentina U23, 18/14 Argentina U20

3 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 532[7] 905 0.59 1999 – 47 matches/18 goals Malmö FF, 110/48 AFC Ajax, 92/26 Juventus FC, 117/66 Inter Milan, 46/22 Barcelona FC, 85/56 A.C. Milan, 180/156 Paris Saint Germain, 53/29 Manchester United FC, 48/42 Los Angeles Galaxy

116/62 Sweden, 7/6 Sweden U23, 4/1 Sweden U18,

4 Uruguay Luis Suarez 460[8] 731 0.63 2005 – 34 matches/12 goals Club Nacional de Football, 37/15 FC Groningen, 158/111 AFC Ajax, 133/82 Liverpool FC, 248/177 Barcelona FC

111/58 Uruguay, 6/3 Uruguay U23, 4/2 Uruguay U20

5 Spain David Villa 436[9] 862 0.51 2000 – 36 matches/ 13 goals Sporting de Gijón B, 85/41 Sporting Gijon, 94/39 Real Zaragoza, S.A.D., 225/129 Valencia CF, 119/48 Barcelona FC, 47/15 Atletico Madrid, 4/2 Melbourne City FC, 126/80 New York City FC, 18/10 Vissel Kobe

98/59 Spain, 7/0 Spain U21

6 Poland Robert Lewandowski 432[10] 686 0.63 2006 – 63 matches/37 goals Znicz Pruszków, 82/41 Lech Poznań, 187/103 Borussia Dortmund, 245/194 Bayern Munich

106/57 Poland, 3/0 Poland U23

7 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 427[11] 883 0.48 1997 – 30 matches/4 goals CD Leganés, 1/0 RCD Espanyol, 7/0 Real Madrid, 165/70 RCD Mallorca, 199/130 Barcelona FC, 102/53 Inter Milan, 73/36 Anzhi Makhachkala, 35/12 Chelsea FC, 20/4 Everton FC, 18/2 U.C. Sampdoria, 77/44 Antalyaspor, 14/6 Konyaspor, 21+/9+ Qatar SC

118/56 Cameroon, 6/1 Cameroon U23

8 Uruguay Sebastián Abreu 426 820 0.52 1994 –
9 Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 412[12] 712 0.58 2002 – 1 match/0 goal PSV Eindhoven, 10/0 De Graafschap, 37/27 AGOVV, 61/39 Heerenveen, 214/145 AFC Ajax, 20/8 Real Madrid, 30/7 A.C. Milan, 240/126 Schalke 04

76/42 Netherlands, 23/18 Netherlands U21

10 Argentina Sergio Aguero 408[13] 743 0.55 2003 – 56 matches/23 goals Independiente, 234/101 Atlético Madrid, 340/233 Manchester City

96/40 Argentina, 5/2 Argentina U23, 7/6 Argentina U20, 5/3 Argentina U17

11 Uruguay Edinson Cavani 407[14] 699 0.58 2005 – 30 matches/12 goals Danubio FC, 117/37 Palermo, 138/104 Napoli, 281/194 Paris Saint Germain

114/48 Uruguay, 5/3 Uruguay U23, 14/9 Uruguay U20

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 7 July 2019.
  3. ^ Lionel Messi at Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  4. ^ Zlatan Ibrahimović at Soccerway. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/2058-cristiano-ronaldo
  6. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/10973-lionel-messi
  7. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/3234-zlatan-ibrahimovic
  8. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/18685-luis-suarez
  9. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/1752-david-villa
  10. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/43411-robert-lewandowski
  11. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/1330-samuel-eto_o
  12. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/11187-klaasjan-huntelaar
  13. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/15376-sergio-aguero
  14. ^ https://www.footballdatabase.eu/fr/joueur/details/18577-edinson-cavani