Ronaldo and the Top 20 Footballers with the Most Goals in FIFA World Cup History

Brazil's Ronaldo Has The Most Goals In FIFA World Cup History, But Germany's Miroslav Klose Is Just One Behind

Brazil’s Ronaldo Has The Most Goals In FIFA World Cup History, But Germany’s Miroslav Klose Is Just One Behind

Not only does Brazil have the most FIFA World Cup titles and appearances of all, it also has the greatest goal scorer in World Cup history: Ronaldo.

Ronaldo scored 15 times over three Cups – 1998, 2002 and 2006, leading Brazil to the Finals in 1998 and 2002, and the title in 2002.

Germany‘s Gerd Mueller from the 1970’s and still-active (and playing on the 2014 German World Cup team) Miroslav Klose are tied for second with 14 career goals. Can Klose (at 36 years old) overtake Ronaldo this year to become the all-time leader? Something to keep an eye on.

Fourth all-time is France‘s Just Fontaine, who also holds the record for most goals in a single World Cup. In the 1958 competition, he scored 13 goals. France lost to eventual-champion Brazil in the semifinals, however.

Rounding out the top five is perhaps the most well-known footballer of all time, Pelé. He scored 12 over four World Cups.

FOOTBALLER COUNTRY FIFA WORLD CUP CAREER GOALS YEARS
1. Ronaldo Brazil 15 1998, 2002, 2006
2. Gerd Mueller Germany 14 1970, 1974
2. Miroslav Klose Germany 14 2002, 2006, 2010
4. Just Fontaine France 13 1958
5. Pelé Brazil 12 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
6. Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11 1954
6. Juergen Klinsmann Germany 11 1990, 1994, 1998
8. Helmut Rahn Germany 10 1954, 1958
8. Gabriel Batistuta Argentina 10 1994, 1998, 2002
8. Gary Lineker England 10 1986, 1990
8. Teofilo Cubillas Peru 10 1970, 1978, 1982
8. Grzegorz Lato Poland 10 1974, 1978, 1982
13. Jairzinho Brazil 9 1970, 1974
13. Vavá Brazil 9 1958, 1962
13. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany 9 1978, 1982, 1986
13. Uwe Seeler Germany 9 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
13. Roberto Baggio Italy 9 1990, 1994, 1998
13. Paolo Rossi Italy 9 1978, 1982
13. Christian Vieri Italy 9 1998, 2002
13. Eusébio Portugal 9 1966

Photos: espn.com / Fuente Externa via naciondeportiva.com

Posted on June 13, 2014, in World Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: