Top 20 Footballers with the Most Goals in a Single World Cup

Just Fontaine At The 1958 World Cup

Just Fontaine At The 1958 World Cup

Yesterday, Sports List of the Day ran down footballers with the most career goals in FIFA World Cup history, led by Brazil‘s Ronaldo with 15.

Ronaldo makes another appearance on today’s list – footballers with the most goals in a single World Cup. In 2002, on the way to the title, Ronaldo struck the back of the net eight of those 15 times.

But that’s not the best single run.

In 1958, France‘s Just Fontaine scored an astounding (and probably now unbreakable) 13 times. He’s one of three players who scored in double digits.

Here’s everybody with at least six goals in a single World Cup. Winners of the Golden Boot (top scorer for the year) are noted with “GB.”

Brazil reps the most: five rankers, including the great Pelé himself.

FOOTBALLER COUNTRY GOALS YEAR GOLDEN BOOT WINNER
1. Just Fontaine France 13 1958 GB
2. Sándor Kocsis Hungary 11 1954 GB
3. Gerd Müller Germany 10 1970 GB
4. Eusébio Portugal 9 1966 GB
5. Guillermo Stábile Argentina 8 1930 GB
5. Ademir Brazil 8 1950 GB
5. Ronaldo Brazil 8 2002 GB
8. Leônidas da Silva Brazil 7 1938 GB
8. Jairzinho Brazil 7 1970
8. Grzegorz Lato Poland 7 1974 GB
11. Gyula Zsengellér Hungary 6 1938
11. Erich Probst Austria 6 1954
11. Max Morlock Germany 6 1954
11. Josef Hügi Switzerland 6 1954
11. Pelé Brazil 6 1958
11. Helmut Rahn Germany 6 1958
11. Helmut Haller Germany 6 1966
11. Mario Kempes Argentina 6 1978 GB
11. Paolo Rossi Italy 6 1982 GB
11. Gary Lineker England 6 1986 GB
11. Salvatore Schillaci Italy 6 1990 GB
11. Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria 6 1994 GB
11. Oleg Salenko Russia 6 1994 GB
11. Davor Šuker Croatia 6 1998 GB

Photo: myfootballfacts.com

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