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Top 10 FIFA World Cup Goal Scorers of All-time

The FIFA World Cup which has seen over 2300 goals in 20 editions has had outstanding goal scorers. Don’t worry if your favourite players aren’t here, they could make it in the next FIFA World Cup, in 2018. Players like Christiano Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar could go on to become Top scorers in the history of the World Cup if they perform exceptionally.

  1. Miroslav Klose (Germany). If you’re old enough to have followed the FIFA World Cup hosted by Korea-Japan in 2002 to the last one in Brazil, you’d have noticed Klose’s exceptional performances in them all. He’s appeared in 4 World Cups, scoring 16 goals in total—5 in 2002, 5 in the World Cup hosted by his home country in 2006, 4 in 2010, and 2 in 2014. Unfortunately, he’d not appear in the 2018 World Cup—the German strike retired from football in 2016 after a stellar career, having won the World Cup once, runner-up in 2002, and 3rd positions in 2006 and 2010.
  1. Ronaldo Luis Nazario De Lima (Brazil). I guess this doesn’t come as a shock to a lot of football lovers. From his immense dribbling skills to insane goals—this striker isn’t just loved and adored by many but also has got his name on the list of the World Cup top scorers, scoring 15 goals in 3 World Cups— 4 goals in France ‘98, 8 goals in Korea-Japan 2002, and 3 goals in Germany 2006. He brought as much goals as flair to the World Cup, frightening oppositions and gaining supporters all over the world—the football world surely misses him.
  1. Gerd Müller (West Germany). This name shouldn’t be so strange to the younger generation of football enthusiasts, especially the FIFA video game lovers—you can find him in the classic world XI team, so yes—he was that brilliant. He scored a staggering 10 goals in the 1970 World Cup hosted by Mexico, and 4 goals in the 1974 World Cup hosted by his home country (West Germany).

  1. Just Fontaine (France). Record holder of the most goals scored in a single edition of the World Cup. He scored 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden—setting a record that’s yet to broken. It’s a huge pity that his name is rarely ever mentioned or heard, but he was fantastic.
  1. Pelé (Brazil). If you’re a football enthusiast and don’t know him, then you don’t deserve to watch the greatest sport ever. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is one of the most loved and decorated World Cup stars. He won the World Cup 3 times out of 4 between 1958 and 1970, scoring 12 goals in total, with several other honours that make him unforgettable.
  1. Sándor Kocsis (Hungary). He had a stellar World Cup performance in 1954—his only World Cup—scoring 11 goals, 2 hat-tricks (6 goals). He’s second on the list of most goals scored in a single World Cup campaign after Just Fontaine.
  1. Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany). The German superstar, in 3 World Cups scored a total of 11 goals, from 1990 to 1998.
  1. Helmut Rahn (West Germany). In just two World Cups, Helmut Rahn’s brilliant performances and goals secured him the 8th position on the list with 10 goals—4 in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, and 6 in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
  1. Gary Lineker (England). The fairest of them all—he never received a yellow or red card. He’s got the highest goals by an English player in the World Cup. His brilliant performances in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and in the 1990 World Cup hosted by Italy, at which he scored 6 goals former and 4 goals in the latter earned him the 9th spot on the list.
  1. Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina). The name cannot be forgotten, not because of its uniqueness “Ba-tis-tu-ta” but his tenacity and energetic performances—let’s not forget the goals also. From 1994 to 2002, he never ceased to score and amaze fans.