Who are the top scorers in football history? We can easily imagine Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be part of the top of the ranking. But as extraordinary as they are, several players in history have performed better. At least, if we stick to the statistics of goals scored or the ratio of the number of goals per match.
They have exploded many records both in club and with their national team. Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in Real Madrid history on September 30, 2015, dethroning the other legend, Raul who has 323 goals for the club. March 20, 2012 Lionel Messi for his part, broke the record of goals scored for FC Barcelona. This record was held by the Spaniard César Rodriguez (232 goals in official matches).
Messi and Ronaldo are also the first two of the ranking of the best scorers in history of the Spanish championship. All these exploits, however, do not make them the top scorers in football history.
Ranking of the best scorers in history
This ranking established by the Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) is made up only of players who have crossed the 500 goal mark in official matches, in all competitions. Goals scored in unofficial competitions are therefore excluded, as are unverified data. Of the top scorers in the standings, only five are currently active.
They are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski and Luiz Suarez. Among them, only Ronaldo is in the top 5. The first place is occupied by Erwin Helmchen, a German player whose years of activity date back to 1924 – 1951. He scored a total of 982 goals in 575 official games, for an impressive ratio of 1.71 goals per game.
In second place is Josef Bican (Czech) who scored 948 goals in 621 official games, a ratio of around 1.53 goals per game. Cristiano Ronaldo meanwhile occupies 4th place. He recently passed Ferenc Deák, a Hungarian player who has scored 794 goals in 510 games. CR7 meanwhile scored 799 goals in 1,107 games (ratio of 0.72).
In 7th position, we find another legend that we no longer present: Pélé who scored 775 goals in 841 official games for a ratio of 0.92 goals per game. Lionel Messi when he is 8th as of June 21, 2021. The Argentinian has 774 goals in 981 games, which corresponds to a ratio of 0.79 goals per game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 22nd at 573 goals in 965 games for a ratio of 0.59 goals per game. Robert Lewandowski meanwhile is 33rd with 559 goals in 831 games (0.67 goals per game). Finally, the last active player to join the 500 club is Luis Suarez with 508 goals in 814 games. Here is the ranking of the top scorers in football history as of June 21, 2021 (last update).
|4||Cristiano Ronaldo||799||1107||0,72||2001 – present|
|8||Lionel Messi||774||981||0,79||2003 – present|
|22||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||573||965||0,6||1999 – present|
|29||Robert Lewandowski||559||831||0,67||2005 – Present|
|43||Alfredo Di Stéfano||513||703||0,73||[1945–1966|
|46||Luis Suarez||508||817||0,62||2005 – present|