Prolific Scorers Data


See also the file Players with Thousand Matches or Thereabouts.


NB: last updated after matches on June 30, 2022.

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 reaching 30 Years of age
After reaching 30 Years of age
International matches/Selects
One team (official matches)
One team (all matches)
One season (official matches)
One season (all matches)
One season (all matches – Top level)
10 consecutive seasons


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	987+	577
2	Bican, Josef		(Austria, CSR/Сzech)	1913	1930-1957	950+	624  
3	Rooke, Ronald		(England)	 	1911	1929-1961	931+	1029 # 
4	Ronaldo, Cristiano	(Portugal)	 	1985	2002-		833	1157 *
5 	Jones, Jimmy		(North Ireland)		1928	1944-1965	833+	751  # 
6	Puskás, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1927	1943-1967	806	793
7	Messi, Lionel		(Argentina)	 	1987	2003-		798	1031 *
8	Deak, Ferenc  		(Hungary)	 	1922	1939-1959	795+	511
9	Romário			(Brazil)	 	1966	1984-2009	784	1002
10	Lenstra, Abe		(Netherlands)		1920	1936-1964	783+	843 #
11	Pelé		 	(Brazil)	 	1940	1956-1977	778	846  
12	Lawton, Tommy		(England)	 	1919	1935-1957	741+	824 
13	Müller, Gerd		(Germany)	 	1945	1963-1981	735	793
14	Bambrick, Joe		(North Ireland)		1905	1925-1943	690+	578 #
15	Willimowski, Ernst	(Poland, Germany) 	1916	1932-1957	683+	484 
16	Hughes, Samuel „Sammy“ (North Ireland)		1926	1943-1963	650+	694 NEW 
17	Bene, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1944	1959-1985	632	955  #
18	Lewandowski, Robert	(Poland)	 	1988	2004-		612	880  *
19	Zsengeller, Gyula 	(Hungary)	 	1915	1931-1953	611	642
20	Martin, David "Boy"	(North Ireland)		1914	1930-1947	611+	527  #
21	Roberts, Frederick	(North Ireland)		1905	1922-1937	604+	466  #
22	Peyroteo, Fernando	(Portugal)	 	1918	1937-1949	598	369 
23	Eusebio			(Portugal)	 	1942	1961-1978	591+	631 
24	Greaves, Jimmy		(England)	 	1940	1956-1980	589+	841  
25	Seeler, Uwe	 	(Germany)	 	1936	1954-1972	582	686
26	Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	(Sweden)	 	1981	1999-		581	996  *
27	Tulio „Maravilha“ 	(Brazil)	 	1969	1987-2014	576	839
28	Schlosser, Imre		(Hungary) 		1889	1906-1928	575+	463  
29	Walter, Fritz		(Germany)	 	1920	1938-1959	574+	572 
30	Ferguson, Glenn		(North Ireland)		1969	1987-2011	569	1084 #
31	Binder, Franz		(Austria)	 	1911	1927-1949	569+	431
32	Dean, William "Dixie"	(England) 		1907	1923-1940	568	612  
33	Gallacher, Hughie 	(Scotland)	 	1903	1920-1940	565+	712 
34	Smith, Joseph „Joe“	(England)		1889	1908-1931	562+	841 NEW
35	Sanchez, Hugo		(Mexico)	 	1958	1976-1997	562	956
36	Torres, Jose		(Portugal)	 	1938	1958-1980	561	615
37	Mortensen, Stanley	(England)		1921	1938-1962	561+	742  #
38	Kocsis, Sandor		(Hungary)	 	1929	1946-1966	556	537
39	Langara, Isidro		(Spain)			1912	1930-1948	553+	444  #
40	Kelly, Jimmy		(North Ireland)		1911	1926-1955	552+	975  #
41	Aldridge, John		(Ireland)	 	1958	1976-1998	551+	981
42	McGrory, James		(Scotland)	 	1904	1922-1938	549	545
43	Dickson, Tommy		(North Ireland)		1929	1946-1966	546+	780  #
44	Zico		 	(Brazil)	 	1954	1971-1994	546	798  
45	Szusza, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1923	1940-1961	544	598 
46	Takacs II, Jozsef 	(Hungary)	 	1904	1920-1942	539	526 
47	Dodds, Ephraim „Jock“	(Scotland)	 	1915	1932-1950	539	608
48	Halliday, David		(Scotland)		1902	1920-1938	535+	636 
49	Suárez, Luis		(Uruguay) 		1987	2005-		526	874  *
50	Hidegkuti, Nandor 	(Hungary)  		1922	1938-1958	524	677
51	Roberto „Dinamite“	(Brazil)	 	1954	1971-1992	519	869  
52	Krankl, Johann		(Austria)	 	1953	1970-1989	518	725
53	di Stefano, Alfredo	(Argentina, Spain)	1926	1945-1966	515	704 
54	Mermans, Joseph		(Belgium)	 	1922	1937-1960	514	638 
55	Dickson, Desmond	(North Ireland)		1948	1964-1983	511+	704 NEW
56	Nordahl, Gunnar		(Sweden) 		1921	1936-1961	510+	587
57	Bloomer, Steve		(England)	 	1874	1890-1914	509+	760 
58	Thompson, Trevor	(North Ireland)		1936	1955-1969	509+	580 NEW
59	Sarosi, Gyorg, Dr.	(Hungary)	 	1912	1929-1948	507	592
60	van der Kuijlen, Willy	(Netherland)		1946	1962-1983	504	805 
61	Milla, Roger		(Camerun)	 	1952	1968-1996	503+	905
62	Rowley, Arthur		(England)	 	1926	1941-1967	502+	729
63	Tichy, Lajos		(Hungary)	 	1936	1952-1971	500	612

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		1813+ 		1089
Helmchen, Erwin		1610+		 936
Puskas, Ferenc		1571+		1271 
Müller, Gerd		1483		1228
Bene, Ferenc		1414+		1460 #
Deak, Ferenc		1370+		 830 
Pele			1303		1392  
Takacs II, Jozsef 	1208+		 936 #
Binder, Franz		1202+		 831
Kocsis, Sandor		1183+		 904
Szusza, Ferenc		1132+		1008
Szilagyi, Guyla		1114+		 919
Willimowski, Ernst	1077+		 688 
Zsengeller, Gyula 	1069+		 947 
Rooke, Ronald		1028+		1104 # 
Lenstra, Abe		1019+		1077 # 
Albert, Florian		1017+		1093 
Schlosser, Imre		1017+	 	 797 
Hidegkuti, Nandor  	1003+		1044 
Romario			1002		1209 

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

NB: preliminary list

Ronaldo, Cristiano	817*
Messi, Lionel		771*
Pele			769
Romario			761
Puskas, Ferenc		761 
Bican, Josef		743
Jones, Jimmy		660 #
Lenstra, Abe		645 
Müller, Gerd		640
Bambrick, Joe		634 # 
Peyroteo, Fernando	591
Seeler, Uwe		567
Lewandowski, Robert	564*
Ferguson, Glenn		563
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	561*
Schlosser, Imre		554
Eusebio			549
McGrory, James		549
Suárez, Luis		524*
Zsengeller, Gyula	514
Roberto Dinamite	514
di Stefano, Alfredo	512
Sanchez, Hugo		511
Zico			511
Kocsis, Sandor		509
Bene, Ferenc		507 #
Sarosi, Gyorg		501

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		765+ # (over 415 goals in Regional/Reserve Leagues)
Helmchen, Erwin		720+
Bican, Josef		676+
Lenstra, Abe		676+ #
Deak, Ferenc		648+ 
Puskas, Ferenc		548
Romario			546
Pele		 	538
Tulio „Maravilha“ 	518
Müller, Gerd		497
Ronaldo, Cristiano	497*
Messi, Lionel		491*
Zsengeller, Gyula 	490
Lawton, Tommy		483+  
Jones, Jimmy		481+ #
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	497*
Messi, Lionel		480*
De Cleyn, Albert 	428 
Schlosser, Imre		417
Zsengeller, Gyula 	416
McGrory, James		408
Müller, Gerd		405
Sanchez, Hugo		394
Szusza, Ferenc		393
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	393*
Bianchi, Carlos		385

Before reaching 30 Years of age

Pele		 	675 
Deak, Ferenc		634+
Helmchen, Erwin		628+
Lawton, Tommy		626+
Bambrick, Joe		610+ #
Messi, Lionel		593
Roberts, Frederick	589+ #
Jones, Jimmy		587+ #
Müller, Gerd		570
Puskas, Ferenc		560 
Hughes, Samuel		535 #
Peyroteo, Fernando	529 #
Dean, William "Dixie"	528 #
Schlosser, Imre		521 # 
Greaves, Jimmy		511 #
Martin, David "Boy"	509+ #
Zsengeller, Gyula 	507
Bene, Ferenc		504
Bican, Josef		504+
Binder, Franz		495+
Ronaldo, Cristiano	483

After reaching 30 Years of age

Rooke, Ronald		493+ #  
Romario			450
Bican, Josef		446+
Helmchen, Erwin		359+ 
Ronaldo, Cristiano	350*
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	345*
Lenstra, Abe		321+ #

International matches/Selects

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

Ronaldo, Cristiano	135*
Kocsis, Sandor		124 
Puskas, Ferenc		124  (incl. 2 goals in Matthews farewell match)
Daei, Ali	 	114
Tichy, Lajos		110
Messi, Lionel 	 	102*
Lawton, Tommy		 94 
Neymar			 92*
Bene, Ferenc		 91 # 

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		524 # 		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	57 #
Roberts, Frederick	1930-31		96	48
Turnbull, James		1936-37		93	48 NEW 
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
Hughes, Samuel		1952-53		74	55 NEW
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 		128	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 

One season (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			1959		120	101(68/55, 42/36 Int, 4/4 sel, 6/6 ag. clubs)
Willimowski, Ernst	1940-41		111	48
Pele			1961		105	72
Roberts, Frederick	1930-31		105	53
Bambrick, Joe		1929-30		103	60	
Pele			1965		103	74
Kocsis, Sandor		1954		100	60
Deak, Ferenc		1948-49		 99	57

10 consecutive seasons

Bambrick, Joe		1926-1936	621
Deak, Ferenc		1941-1951	611+ (incl. Div.2/3)
Bican, Josef		1938-1948	595
Messi, Lionel		2009-2019	581
Helmchen, Erwin		1926-1936	562
Ronaldo, Cristiano	2010-2020	558
Pele			1957-1966	547
Roberts, Frederick	1923-1933	545+ (incl. Div.2/3)#
Peyroteo, Fernando	1937-1947	508
Lawton, Tommy		1938-1948	497+
Jones, Jimmy		1951-1961	494 #
Müller, Gerd		1968-1978	490
Puskas, Ferenc		1946-1955	479


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: 30 Jun 2022

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