List Of All Time Top Goal Scorers In World Cup History

All Time Top Goal Scorers In World Cup

Wondering who is the highest goal scorer in the world or the highest goal scorer in international football history?

In this article, we shall be looking at the all-time highest goal scorer in the world, but categorically in the World Cup.

You’ll also see who the player(s) with the most goals in a single world cup is.

The FIFA Russia World Cup 2018 has just ended and the buzz is starting to die down around the sports world and rightly so considering (though FIFA World Cup is the biggest sports event on every scale) that other tournaments such as the leagues and qualifiers for Africa Cup Of Nations and other continental games are now ongoing.

I’m sure you are aware that the FIFA World Cup is the most-watched sports event in the world.  

The 2018 World Cup in Russia was the 21st edition of the tournament and Brazil has the record of winning 5 world cups more than any other nation.

Now let’s take a look at all-time leading goal scorers in FIFA World Cup history.

It might interest you to know that Miroslav Klose holds the record for the most goal in World Cup history having scored 16 in 24 world cup games.

He broke the record in the World Cup 2014 up to that time held by Brazil’s Ronaldo who scored 15 goals in 19 world cup games.

Below is the list of all-time world cup top scorers:

SEE ALSO | Real Madrid All-Time Top Scorers – Top 10 Listed

All Time Top Goal Scorers In World Cup History

Rank

Player

Team

Goals

Matches

Tournaments

1

Miroslav Klose

 Germany

16

24

2002, 2006, 2010, 2014

2

Ronaldo

 Brazil

15

19

[1994], 1998, 2002, 2006

3

Gerd Müller

 West Germany

14

13

1970, 1974

4

Just Fontaine

 France

13

6

1958

5

Pelé

 Brazil

12

14

1958, 1962, 1966, 1970

6

Sándor Kocsis

 Hungary

11

5

1954

Jürgen Klinsmann

 West Germany

17

1990,

 Germany

1994, 1998

8

Helmut Rahn

 West Germany

10

10

1954, 1958

Gary Lineker

 England

12

1986, 1990

Gabriel Batistuta

 Argentina

12

1994, 1998, 2002

Teófilo Cubillas

 Peru

13

1970, 1978, (1982)

Thomas Müller

 Germany

16

2010, 2014, (2018)

Grzegorz Lato

 Poland

20

1974, 1978, 1982

14

Eusébio

 Portugal

9

6

1966

Christian Vieri

 Italy

9

1998, 2002

Vavá

 Brazil

10

1958, 1962

David Villa

 Spain

12

2006, 2010, 2014

Paolo Rossi

 Italy

14

1978, 1982, [1986]

Jairzinho

 Brazil

16

(1966), 1970, 1974

Roberto Baggio

 Italy

16

1990, 1994, 1998

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

 West Germany

19

1978, 1982, 1986

Uwe Seeler

 West Germany

21

1958, 1962, 1966, 1970

23

Guillermo Stábile

 Argentina

8

4

1930

Leônidas

 Brazil

5

1934, 1938

Ademir

 Brazil

6

1950

Óscar Míguez

 Uruguay

7

1950, 1954

Rivaldo

 Brazil

14

1998, 2002

Rudi Völler

 West Germany

15

1986, 1990,

 Germany

1994

Diego Maradona

 Argentina

21

1982, 1986, (1990), 1994

30

Oldřich Nejedlý

 Czechoslovakia

7

6

1934, 1938

Lajos Tichy

 Hungary

8

1958, 1962, [1966]

Careca

 Brazil

9

1986, 1990

Johnny Rep

 Netherlands

13

1974, 1978

Andrzej Szarmach

 Poland

13

1974, 1978, 1982

Luis Suárez

 Uruguay

13

2010, 2014, 2018

Hans Schäfer

 West Germany

15

1954, 1958, (1962)

Cristiano Ronaldo

 Portugal

17

2006, 2010, 2014, 2018

38

Josef Hügi

  Switzerland

6

3

1954

Oleg Salenko

 Russia

3

1994

György Sárosi

 Hungary

5

1934, 1938

Max Morlock

 West Germany

5

1954

Erich Probst

 Austria

5

1954

Harry Kane

 England

6

2018

Salvatore Schillaci

 Italy

7

1990

Davor Šuker

 Yugoslavia

8

[1990],

 Croatia

1998, (2002)

James Rodríguez

 Colombia

8

2014, (2018)

Helmut Haller

 West Germany

9

(1962), 1966, (1970)

Hristo Stoichkov

 Bulgaria

10

1994, (1998)

Diego Forlán

 Uruguay

10

2002, 2010, (2014)

Neymar

 Brazil

10

2014, 2018

Asamoah Gyan

 Ghana

11

2006, 2010, 2014

Dennis Bergkamp

 Netherlands

12

1994, 1998

Rob Rensenbrink

 Netherlands

13

1974, 1978

Rivellino

 Brazil

15

1970, 1974, (1978)

Bebeto

 Brazil

15

(1990), 1994, 1998

Arjen Robben

 Netherlands

15

2006, 2010, 2014

Zbigniew Boniek

 Poland

16

1978, 1982, (1986)

Thierry Henry

 France

17

1998, (2002), 2006, (2010)

Wesley Sneijder

 Netherlands

17

(2006), 2010, 2014

Robin van Persie

 Netherlands

17

2006, 2010, 2014

Mario Kempes

 Argentina

18

(1974), 1978, (1982)

Lionel Messi#

 Argentina

19

2006, (2010), 2014, 2018

Lothar Matthäus

 West Germany

25

(1982), 1986, 1990,

 Germany

1994, (1998)

64

Pedro Cea

 Uruguay

5

4

1930

Silvio Piola

 Italy

4

1938

Gyula Zsengellér

 Hungary

4

1938

Peter McParland

 Northern Ireland

5

1958

Tomáš Skuhravý

 Czechoslovakia

5

1990

Juan Alberto Schiaffino

 Uruguay

6

1950, 1954

Geoff Hurst

 England

6

1966, 1970

Jon Dahl Tomasson

 Denmark

6

2002, 2010

Alessandro Altobelli

 Italy

7

1982, 1986

Kennet Andersson

 Sweden

7

1994

Fernando Morientes

 Spain

7

1998, 2002

Romário

 Brazil

8

(1990), 1994

Marc Wilmots

 Belgium

8

[1990], (1994), 1998, 2002

Mario Mandžukić

 Croatia

8

2014, 2018

Valentin Ivanov

 Soviet Union

9

1958, 1962

Emilio Butragueño

 Spain

9

1986, (1990)

Roger Milla

 Cameroon

9

(1982), 1990, 1994

Tim Cahill

 Australia

9

2006, 2010, 2014, (2018)

Hans Krankl

 Austria

10

1978, 1982

Romelu Lukaku

 Belgium

10

2014, 2018

Ivan Perišić

 Croatia

10

2014, 2018

Raúl

 Spain

11

1998, 2002, 2006

Garrincha

 Brazil

12

(1958), 1962, 1966

Johan Neeskens

 Netherlands

12

1974, (1978)

Fernando Hierro

 Spain

12

[1990], 1994, 1998, 2002

Zinedine Zidane

 France

12

1998, (2002), 2006

Landon Donovan

 United States

12

2002, (2006), 2010

Henrik Larsson

 Sweden

13

1994, 2002, 2006

Michel Platini

 France

14

1978, 1982, 1986

Zico

 Brazil

14

1978, 1982, (1986)

Gonzalo Higuaín

 Argentina

14

2010, 2014, (2018)

Edinson Cavani

 Uruguay

14

2010, 2014, 2018

Lukas Podolski

 Germany

15

2006, 2010, (2014)

Franz Beckenbauer

 West Germany

18

1966, 1970, (1974)

SEE ALSO | All Pep Guardiola Trophies Listed Club By Club

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