Prolific Scorers Data


See also the file Players with Thousand Matches or Thereabouts.


NB: last updated after matches on July 19, 2021.

Best Goalscorers All-Time (Official Matches)
Best Goalscorers All-Time (All Matches)
Best Goalscorers All-Time (Official Matches - Top level)
Best Goalscorers All-Time (All Matches - Top level)
Best League Goalscorers All-Time
Before 30 Years
After 30 Years
International matches/Selects
One team (official matches)
One team (all matches)
One season (official matches)
One season (all matches)


Best Goalscorers All-Time (Official Matches)

- only famous players with verified statistics (mostly with the data in each match)
- the sources: club books or historical websites, old press.
- the statistics of players in African competitions need detailed data: Peyroteo,
  Eusebio, Milla, Chitalu (over 500 goals) etc.

included: 
- all leagues (incl. regional-, reserve-, amateur-) 
- national and international cups 
- all selections: A, B, Ol, U, league, armee, senior, regional, city, etc. - against the same selections 
- other official tournaments 
- some traditional international tournaments (e.g. Intertoto since 1961, Alpencup etc.) 
- several traditional national tournaments and games (organized by the football union),
  e.g. pre-season tournaments in Hungary (1930th-1970th), Germany (since 1990th),
       winter tournament in Prague (1940th, always with Slavia and Sparta),
       summer war tournaments, all-star games (MLS, South Korea, Japan),
       FIFA/UEFA sel. and others 
- all cancelled games 
							 	 		G.	M.

1	Helmchen, Erwin		(Germany)	 	1907	1924-1951	982+	575 
2	Bican, Josef		(Austria, CSR/Сzech)	1913	1930-1957	948+	621
3	Rooke, Ronald		(England)	 	1911	1930-1961	886+	955+ # 
4	Puskás, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1927	1943-1967	806	793  #
5	Ronaldo, Cristiano	(Portugal)	 	1985	2002-		801	1108*
6	Deak, Ferenc  		(Hungary)	 	1922	1939-1959	795+	511+ #
7	Romário			(Brazil)	 	1966	1984-2009	780	1000
8	Messi, Lionel		(Argentina)	 	1987	2003-		777	986 *
9	Pelé		 	(Brazil)	 	1940	1956-1977	775	840
10	Lenstra, Abe		(Netherlands)		1920	1936-1964	775+	826+ #
11	Lawton, Tommy		(England)	 	1919	1935-1957	736+	820  #
12	Müller, Gerd		(Germany)	 	1945	1963-1981	735	793
13	Bambrick, Joe		(North Ireland)		1905	1925-1943	678+	566+ 
14	Jones, Jimmy		(North Ireland)		1928	1946-1965	674+	637+ # 
15	Willimowski, Ernst	(Poland, Germany) 	1916	1932-1957	663+	474 
16	Bene, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1944	1959-1985	630	946
17	Zsengeller, Gyula 	(Hungary)	 	1915	1931-1953	611	641
18	Peyroteo, Fernando	(Portugal)	 	1918	1937-1949	597	369 
19	Eusebio			(Portugal)	 	1942	1961-1978	591+	631 
20	Seeler, Uwe	 	(Germany)	 	1936	1954-1972	582	686
21	Martin, David "Boy"	(North Ireland)		1914	1930-1947	581+	504+ # 
22	Tulio „Maravilha“ 	(Brazil)	 	1969	1987-2014	576	839
23	Walter, Fritz		(Germany)	 	1920	1938-1959	574+	572 
24	Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	(Sweden)	 	1981	1999-		573	966 *
25	Binder, Franz		(Austria)	 	1911	1927-1949	569+	430
26	Schlosser, Imre		(Hungary) 		1889	1906-1928	569+	458
27	Greaves, Jimmy		(England)	 	1940	1956-1979	568	813 #
28	Gallacher, Hughie 	(Scotland)	 	1903	1920-1940	565+	712+ # 
29	Lewandowski, Robert	(Poland)	 	1988	2004-		563	834 *
30	Ferguson, Glenn		(North Ireland)		1969	1987-2011	563	1058
31	Sanchez, Hugo		(Mexico)	 	1958	1976-1997	562	956
32	Torres, Jose		(Portugal)	 	1938	1958-1980	561	615
33	Kocsis, Sandor		(Hungary)	 	1929	1946-1966	556	537
34	Roberts, Frederick	(North Ireland)		1905	1923-1937	554+	427
35	Aldridge, John		(Ireland)	 	1958	1976-1998	551+	981+ #
36	McGrory, James		(Scotland)	 	1904	1922-1938	549	545
37	Zico		 	(Brazil)	 	1954	1971-1994	545	797
38	Szusza, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1923	1940-1961	544	598 #
39	Takacs II, Jozsef 	(Hungary)	 	1904	1920-1942	539	526 #
40	Dodds, Ephraim „Jock“	(Scotland)	 	1915	1932-1950	538	604 #
41	Kelly, Jimmy		(North Ireland)		1911	1926-1956	538+	951
42	Langara, Isidro		(Spain)			1912	1930-1948	534+	433
43	Dean, William "Dixie"	(England) 		1907	1923-1940	531	577
44	Hidegkuti, Nandor 	(Hungary)  		1922	1938-1958	526	678
45	Krankl, Johann		(Austria)	 	1953	1970-1989	518	725
46	Roberto „Dinamite“	(Brazil)	 	1954	1971-1992	517	852
47	di Stefano, Alfredo	(Argentina, Spain)	1926	1945-1966	513	703
48	Nordahl, Gunnar		(Sweden) 		1921	1936-1961	510+	587
49	Suárez, Luis		(Uruguay) 		1987	2005-		509	820 *
50	Mermans, Joseph		(Belgium)	 	1922	1937-1960	509	634
51	Sarosi, Gyorg, Dr.	(Hungary)	 	1912	1929-1948	507	592
52	Bloomer, Steve		(England)	 	1874	1890-1914	507+	756 #
53	van der Kuijlen, Willy	(Netherland)		1946	1962-1983	504	805 #
54	Milla, Roger		(Camerun)	 	1952	1968-1996	503+	905
55	Rowley, Arthur		(England)	 	1926	1941-1967	502+	729+#
56	Tichy, Lajos		(Hungary)	 	1936	1952-1971	500	610
57	Szilagyi, Guyla		(Hungary) 	 	1923	1941-1960	497+	548 
58	Dickson, Tommy		(North Ireland)		1929	1946-1966	488+	708
59	Larsson, Henrik		(Sweden)	 	1973	1989-2009	485	886
60	Magno Alves	 	(Brazil)	 	1976	1993-		483+	986 *
61	De Cleyn, Albert 	(Belgium)	 	1917	1933-1955	482+	577
62	Rowley, Jack		(England)	 	1918	1935-1957	479+	729+#
63	Morlock, Max		(Germany)	 	1925	1941-1964	477	651
64	Friedenreich, Arthur	(Brazil)	 	1892	1909-1935	477+	429
65	Fazekas, Laszlo		(Hungary)	 	1947	1963-1985	475	905
66	Onnis, Delio		(Argentina)	 	1948	1966-1986	471+	717
 
 
NB: 	* indicates player is still active (at last update);
	+ indicates number is a lower bound - player may have scored more;
	# corrected or added data after last update (only inactive players). 

Notes: there may be other players with 500 or more goals.

Best Goalscorers All-Time (All Matches)

		 	Goals		Matches
Tichy, Lajos		1912+		1301+
Bican, Josef		1812+		1089+
Helmchen, Erwin		1610+		 936+
Puskas, Ferenc		1571+		1271+ #
Müller, Gerd		1483		1228
Bene, Ferenc		1412+		1448+
Deak, Ferenc		1370+		 830+ 
Pele			1303		1392  #
Binder, Franz		1202+		 831+
Takacs II, Jozsef 	1201+		 936+ #
Kocsis, Sandor		1183+		 904+
Szusza, Ferenc		1132+		1008+ #
Szilagyi, Guyla		1114+		 919+ #
Willimowski, Ernst	1076+		 685+ #
Zsengeller, Gyula 	1069+		 947+ #
Albert, Florian		1017+		1093+ 
Schlosser, Imre		1017+	 	 797+ #
Lenstra, Abe		1004+		1033+ #
Hidegkuti, Nandor  	1003+		1044+ #
Romario			1002		1209 

Best Goalscorers All-Time (Official Matches - Top level)

Ronaldo, Cristiano	785*
Pele			769
Romario			761
Puskas, Ferenc		761 #
Messi, Lionel		750*
Bican, Josef		743
Jones, Jimmy		659 
Lenstra, Abe		645 #
Müller, Gerd		640
Bambrick, Joe		637  

Best Goalscorers All-Time (All Matches - Top level)

NB: preliminary list containing:

1. Official goals in top level;
2. All international friendlies;
3. National friendlies against top-league teams; tournaments; select matches.

Pele			769	391	 96	1256
Bican, Josef		743	195	143	1081
Puskas, Ferenc		761	179	 71	1011

NB: most likely only these 3 players scored over 1000 goals at this level in football history.

Best League Goalscorers All-Time

(all leagues incl. regional/ reserve leagues, final tournaments)

Rooke, Ronald		750+ # (over 400 goals in Regional/Reserve Leagues)
Helmchen, Erwin		720+
Bican, Josef		676+
Lenstra, Abe		666+ #
Deak, Ferenc		648+ #
Puskas, Ferenc		548
Romario			546
Pele		 	538
Tulio „Maravilha“ 	518
Müller, Gerd		497
Zsengeller, Gyula 	490
Messi, Lionel		485*
Lawton, Tommy		481+ #
Ronaldo, Cristiano	479*
Roberto Dinamite 	476 
Mermans, Joseph		475
Walter, Fritz		469+
Langara, Isidro		469
De Cleyn, Albert 	466  
 
(only top leagues)

Bican, Josef		526
Puskas, Ferenc		516
Ronaldo, Cristiano	479*
Messi, Lionel		474*
De Cleyn, Albert 	428 
Schlosser, Imre		417
Zsengeller, Gyula 	416
McGrory, James		408
Müller, Gerd		405
Sanchez, Hugo		394
Szusza, Ferenc		393
Bianchi, Carlos		385
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	385* 
 

Before 30 Years

Pele		 	672
Deak, Ferenc		633+
Lawton, Tommy		623+ #
Helmchen, Erwin		623+ 
Bambrick, Joe		600+
Messi, Lionel		593
Müller, Gerd		570
Puskas, Ferenc		562
Peyroteo, Fernando	525
Schlosser, Imre		511
Greaves, Jimmy		509
Zsengeller, Gyula 	507
Bene, Ferenc		504
Bican, Josef		504+
Binder, Franz		495+
Dean, William "Dixie"	490
Ronaldo, Cristiano	483
Jones, Jimmy		474+ 
 

After 30 Years

Rooke, Ronald		455+ #
Romario			450
Bican, Josef		444+
Helmchen, Erwin		359+ 
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	337*
Ronaldo, Cristiano	318*
Lenstra, Abe		313+ #
Tulio „Maravilha“ 	296
 

International matches/Selects

(A-, B-, Ol-, U-, league-, regional-, city-, veteran-, other selects - against same selects)

Ronaldo, Cristiano	125*
Kocsis, Sandor		124 #
Puskas, Ferenc		124 # (incl. 2 goals in Matthews farewell match)
Daei, Ali	 	114
Tichy, Lajos		110
Lawton, Tommy		 94 #
Messi, Lionel 	 	 92*
Bene, Ferenc		 88 #
Neymar			 86*
 

One team (official matches)

Messi, Lionel		672 *		Barcelona
Helmchen, Erwin		667+		PSV Chemnitz
Pele		 	643		Santos
Bican, Josef		622		Slavia Praha
Müller, Gerd		573		FC Bayern
Peyroteo, Fernando	553 		Sporting Lissboa
Lenstra, Abe		531 #		Heerenveen
Bambrick, Joe		527 		Linfield
McGrory, James		524		Celtic
Jones, Jimmy		516		Glenavon
Walter, Fritz		513+ 		1.FC Kaiserslautern
Seeler, Uwe	 	508 		Hamburger SV
  

One team (all matches)

Müller, Gerd		1256		FC Bayern
Tichy, Lajos		1245		Honved Budapest
Helmchen, Erwin		1141+ 		PSV Chemnitz
Pele		 	1089		Santos
Bican, Josef		1045+		Slavia Praha
Binder, Franz		 989+		Rapid Wien 
 

One season (official matches)

Willimowski, Ernst	1940-41	107	45
Bambrick, Joe		1929-30	96	56
Roberts, Frederick	1930-31	96	48
Messi, Lionel		2012* 	91	69
Müller, Gerd		1972* 	85	60
Bambrick, Joe		1927-28	84	52
Deak, Ferenc		1948-49	83	46
Messi, Lionel		2011-12	82	69
Dean, William		1927-28	81	50
Martin, David 		1932-33	80	51
Bambrick, Joe		1928-29	78	54
Helmchen, Erwin		1929-30	77	33
Dodds, Ephraim „Jock“	1941-42	77	39 #
Martin, David 		1933-34	77	51 
Bambrick, Joe		1933-34	75	49
Pele		 	1958 	75	53
Bambrick, Joe		1932-33	75	58
Binder, Franz		1939-40	74	43
Jones, Jimmy		1956-57	74	61
Helmchen, Erwin		1931-32	73	29
Bican, Josef		1943-44	73	35
Deak, Ferenc		1945-46	73	38
Müller, Gerd		1972-73	73	54
Romario			2000 	73	75
Zsengeller, Gyula 	1938-39	72	43
Kocsis, Sandor		1954 	72	46
Pele		 	1965 	72	52
Bican, Josef		1939-40	71	31
Bican, Josef		1942-43	71	34
Willimowski, Ernst	1941-42	71	34 
 

One season (all matches)

Tichy, Lajos		1959-60	201	85
Kocsis, Sandor		1954 	170	80
Tichy, Lajos		1961-62	154	80
Tichy, Lajos		1962-63	147	74
Tichy, Lajos		1958-59	147	83
Müller, Gerd		1976-77	146	72
Deak, Ferenc		1948-49	139	75
Müller, Gerd		1971-72	137	92
Bican, Josef		1943-44	130	47
Willimowski, Ernst	1940-41	129	52
Pele		 	1959 	127	106
Tichy, Lajos		1965 	126	69
Deak, Ferenc		1947-48	123	74
Bene, Ferenc		1964 	122	72
Tichy, Lajos		1960-61	121	67 
Helmchen, Erwin		1931-32	120	53 

See also the file Players with Thousand Matches or Thereabouts.

About this document

Thanks to Valerij Rubezh (Belarus) and Dorian Leveque (England).

Author welcomes any additional data on possibly missing matches or goals

Prepared and maintained by Vladimir Kolos for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Vladimir Kolos (vkoloss@mail.ru)
Last updated: 5 Aug 2021

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