The goal itself—getting the ball into the goal and scoring—is the main goal of a football game. To ensure that a single ball reaches the goal, 22 players chase it down. And while every player has an eye for the net, only a select handful have the opportunity to score during each game. Some players mysteriously manage to score more goals for their teams than others because they have perfect aim and magic feet. You probably imagined Pele at the top of this list, but there are other players who have amassed just as many goals as Pele but haven’t gotten the credit they deserve. The ten players with the most goals are included in this list.
1. JOSEF BICAN
Josef “Pepi” Bican, a football striker of Austrian and Czech descent, won the Ballon d’Or award for being the greatest goalscorer of the 20th century. In addition to his career with four clubs in each of these nations, Josef played for the national teams of Austria and the Czech Republic. Additionally, he played in 918 domestic and international club matches, as well as friendly games, during his career between 1931 and 1956, scoring a total of 1468 goals. He averages 1.59 goals per game.
2. GERD MULLER
Retired German player Gerhard “Gerd” Müller held the all-time FIFA World Cup goalscoring record with his record of 14 goals which was later surpassed by Brazilian Ronaldo at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and later by another German, Miroslav Klose in the 2014 World Cup reaching 16 goals. Gerd Müller played for West Germany in addition to his club career Bayern Munich. He scored a total of 1461 goals in 1216 domestic and international club matches, and friendly matches he played during his career between 1962 and 1983. He has a goal-per-match rate of 1.20.
3. ARTHUR FRIEDENREICH
Brazilian football player Arthur, nicknamed “El Tigre”, was described as the King of Football during the 1925 tour of Europe by the Brazilian national team. He is also cited as football’s first outstanding black player and successfully made his debut with the national football team in 1914. Arthur played 25 caps for the Brazil national team in addition to his career at 20 clubs he played for. He scored a total of 1329 goals in 1239 domestic and international club matches and friendly matches he played in his career between 1909 and 1935. He has a goal-per-match rate of 1.07.
4. Edson ARANTES DO NASCIMENTO(PELE)
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, a renowned Brazilian football player better known by his initials Pelé is largely regarded as the best football player in history. In 2013 he was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur for his contributions to football. From 1957 to 1971, Pele was a member of the Brazilian national team. He also only played for Santos and the New York Cosmos, scoring 1091 goals in 1116 appearances for Santos and 64 goals in 106 matches for the Cosmos. Between 1956 and 1990, he participated in 1375 domestic, international, and friendly club games, scoring 1284 goals overall (34 years old). His goal-per-game average is 0.93.
5. FRANZ BINDER
Franz Binder played for Austria and Germany in addition to his career for Austrian and German clubs, scoring a total of 1006 goals in domestic and international club matches, and friendly matches he played during his career between 1930 and 1949. He has a goal rate per match of 1.33.
Former Brazilian soccer player Romário de Souza Faria, famously known simply as Romário, won the Ballon d’Or after leading the Brazilian team to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Romário played for several clubs in Brazil and Europe and scored a total of 1 000 goals in 1220 domestic and international club matches and friendly matches he played during his career between 1985 and 2007. He has a goal-per-match rate of 0.81.
Former Portuguese football player Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, nicknamed the Black Panther, received the Bronze Ball award when he helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Eusébio played for the Portugal national team and played in 614 matches. for club Benfica and scored a total of 790 goals in 809 matches for national and international clubs, and friendly matches he played during his career between 1957 and 1979. He has a goal-per-match rate of 0.97.
The Hungarian Football Federation honored former footballer Ferenc Puskás as the best Hungarian player of the last 50 years in 2003 at the UEFA Jubilee Awards. In addition to the teams he played for, he also represented Spain and Hungary at the national level. Between 1943 and 1966, he appeared in 754 domestic and international club games as well as friendly matches, scoring a total of 746 goals. His goal-per-game average is 0.98.
9. FERENC DEAK
In 378 international, local, club, and friendly games during his career between 1944 and 1954, Ferenc Deák, who also played for the Hungary national team, scored a total of 576 goals. He scores 1.52 goals per game on average.
Former German footballer Uwe Seeler was named one of the 125 greatest living players by FIFA in 2004 by legendary footballer Pele. He is widely regarded as one of Germany’s top scorers. Uwe Seeler played for West Germany beyond his club career and scored a total of 575 goals in 649 domestic and international club matches and friendly matches he played in his career between 1953 and 1978 (age 25). He has a goal-per-match rate of 0.88.