List of top association football goal scorers

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This is a list of top goal scorers in association football.


This ranking is based on just by the RSSSF, which does count club and national goals and goals scored in friendly matches. RSSSF also counts matches in lower divisions as well as in club's amateur and reserve teams, junior national team and domestic club games and in other selection teams like some Pelé's matches in military team (NOTE: Pelé's 14 goals for Brazil's military team are a number of goals so insignificant that aren't worth mentioning [ see [1] ] . Besides, Pelé's 1282 official goals computed in his records were never scored in 'lower divisions as well as in club's amateur and reserve teams or junior national teams' (as it seems to be the case of Gerd Müller). [2] Pele, Friendereich's, Bican and Binder records belong to the untrustworthy 30-50's data.

Rank Name Country Years Matches Goals Ratio
1. Josef Bican  Austria  Czechoslovakia 1931–1956 918 1468 1.599
2. Arthur Friedenreich  Brazil 1909–1935 1239 1329 1.07
3. Pelé  Brazil 1956–1990 1375 1284 0.93
4. Franz Binder  Austria  Germany 1930–1949 756 1006 1.33
5. Gerd Müller  Germany 1962–1983 1216 1461 1.20
6. Eusébio  Portugal 1957–1979 809 790 0.97
7. Ferenc Puskás  Hungary  Spain 1943–1966 1123 754 0.67
8. Romario  Brazil 1985-2005 1220 923 0.756
9. Alfredo di Stéfano  Argentina  Spain 1945-1966 665 810 1.21

Notes:

  • List is about players who have scored over 746 goals in official and international games.
  • According to American website 'Nuke Soccer' (nukesoccer.com), the Brazilian Arthur Friedenreich  Brazil (career 1909–1935) had 1329 goals in 1239 matches as RSSSF states 557 in 562. Also, Nuke Soccer mentions Franz Binder (career 1930–1949) having 1006 goals in 756 matches. In RSSSF, Binder has 546 goals in official matches.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ pele.m-qp-m.us/english/pele_statistics.shtml
  2. ^ RSSSF: Prolific Scorers Data. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  3. ^ Nuke Soccer
  4. ^ http://www.rsssfbrasil.com/miscellaneous/fried.htm

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