The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world where the best players come to win the biggest prize in the game. Any winning team needs a goal scorer to win games and the World Cup has graced some of the best attackers from Eusebio, Gabriel Batistuta and Romario. Here are the top five FIFA World Cup goal scorers of all-time.
5.) Pele (12 goals)
Number 5 is the man who is considered the best to have played the game. Pele is Brazil’s top goal scorer with 77 goals and scored over a 1,000 goals throughout his career winning three World Cups for the ‘Selecao’. The Brazilian legend scored 12 goals in the World Cup Finals across four tournaments between 1958 to 1970. He scored six goals in the 1958 World Cup as a 17 year old including a hat trick against France in the semifinals and three in the 1970 edition where many described as the best team to have won the tournament.
4.) Just Fontaine (13 goals)
Just Fontaine played in just one World Cup but made the most out of it. Fontaine represented France in the 1958 World Cup leading ‘Les Bleu’ to the semifinals. Fontaine scored an incredible 13 goals to win the Golden Boot and scored 30 goals in just 21 caps for France. His 13 goals is the most goals scored by an individual in a World Cup campaign, a record that still stands today.
3.) Gerd Muller (14 goals)
Part of the 1974 World Cup winning squad for West Germany, Gerd Muller is one of the best strikers to have played the game with 487 career goals in over 500 appearances throughout his career. Muller is Germany’s second all-time scorer with 68 goals in 62 German caps with 14 goals scored in the World Cup Finals. Muller scored 10 goals in Mexico 1970 winning the Golden Boot and four in the 1974 edition in his home country scoring the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands.
2.) Ronaldo de Lima (15 goals)
“O Fenomeno”, Ronaldo wowed people during the 1990s and early 2000s and is widely considered as one of the best football players ever. He’s the second all-time goal scorer for Brazil with 62 goals in 98 caps and scored 247 career goals in a career hampered with injury. He has scored 15 World Cup goals over 4 tournaments between 1994 to 2006 winning two World Cups (1994 &2002). He scored 4 goals in the 1998 edition winning the Golden Ball, 8 goals in 2002 winning tournament and Golden Boot including a brace in the finals, and 3 goals in 2006.
1.) Miroslav Klose (16 goals)
Miroslav Klose overtook Ronaldo’s record in the 2014 World Cup scoring against Brazil in Germany’s 7-1 semifinal win to achieve that milestone. The World Cup winner is currently Germany’s all-time goalscorer with 71 goals in 137 caps for ‘Die Mannschaft’ and scored 213 club career goals. Klose holds the most World Cup goals with 16 goals across four tournaments between 2002 to 2014. Klose scored 5 goals in his World Cup debut leading Germany to the final. In Germany 2006, he scored 5 goals winning the Golden Boot. In his final World Cup, he scored two goals winning the tournament.