FIFA World Cup Top Scorer of All Time

FIFA World Cup an international association football competition is held every 4 years the since inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia. In the tournament, 32 teams including the automatically qualifying host nations, compete for the title at venues within the host nations over about a month. The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world which is also the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world that exceeds even the Olympic Games.

Here we’ve made a list of players who have scored the most goals within their appearance in the World Cup:


Player Team Match Played Goal Scored
Miroslav Klose Germany 24 16
Ronaldo Brazil 19 15
Gerd Müller Germany 13 14
Just Fontaine France 6 13
Pelé Brazil 14 12
Jürgen Klinsmann Germany 17 11
Sandor Kocsis Hungary 5 11
Gabriel Batistuta Argentina 12 10
Teofilo Cubillas Peru 13 10
Grzegorz Lato Poland 20 10
Gary Lineker England 12 10
Thomas Mueller Germany 16 10
Helmut Rahn Germany 10 10
Roberto Baggio Italy 16 9
Eusébio Portugal 6 9
Jairzinho Brazil 16 9
Paolo Rossi Italy 14 9
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany 19 9
Uwe Seeler Germany 21 9
Vavá Brazil 10 9
Christian Vieri Italy 9 9
David Villa Spain 12 9

FIFA world cup highest goal scorer all time

Top 5 Scorers of all time:

Miroslav Klose – Germany – 16 Goals

Miroslav Josef Klose is a German footballer who played as a striker. Klose is best known for his performances with the German national team. He was part of the squad that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is the all-time top scorer for the German national football team. He is also the top scorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup, with 16 goals in 24 appearances across four editions from 2002 to 2014.

Ronaldo – Brazil – 15 Goals

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima commonly known as Ronaldo is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. Ronaldo took part in 19 matches of FIFA and scored 15 goals. Which puts him in the 2nd position of our list of FIFA top scorer.

Gerd Müller – Germany – 14 Goals

Born 3 November 1945 Gerd Müller is a German former professional footballer who played as a striker and was well known for his renowned clinical finishing and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and most prolific goalscorers in the history of the sport. He held the record for goals scored in FIFA World Cup tournaments between 1974 and 2006. But that record was crossed by  Brazil’s Ronaldo, and eight years later by German Miroslav Klose. He scored a total of 14 goals out of 13 matches he had played.

Just Fontaine – France – 13 Goals

Just Louis Fontaine is a French retired professional born on 18 August 1933 A prolific forward player, he is best known for scoring the most goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup. He scored 13 goals in six matches in 1958.

Pelé – Brazil – 12 Goals

Known as Pelé full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento born on 23 October 1940, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He was labelled “the greatest” by FIFA and was the most successful and popular sports figure of the 20th century. He scored 12 goals during his 14 world cup appearances. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful top division scorer in the sport with 541 goals in 560 games.

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