Prolific Scorers Data


See also the file Players with Thousand Matches or Thereabouts.


NB: last updated after matches on December 18, 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
Official matches with goals


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 	Jones, James		(North Ireland)		1928	1944-1965	840+	756  # 
5	Ronaldo, Cristiano	(Portugal)	 	1985	2002-		837	1181 *
6	Messi, Lionel		(Argentina)	 	1987	2003-		822	1060 *
7	Puskás, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1927	1943-1967	806	793
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	743+	827 #
13	Müller, Gerd		(Germany)	 	1945	1963-1981	735	793
14	Hughes, Samuel „Sammy“ (North Ireland)		1926	1943-1963	722+	748  #
15	Bambrick, Joe		(North Ireland)		1905	1925-1943	690+	578
16	Willimowski, Ernst	(Poland, Germany) 	1916	1932-1957	683+	484 
17	Waring, Thomas „Pongo“	(England)		1906	1924-1948	670+	654 NEW
18	Lewandowski, Robert	(Poland)	 	1988	2004-		637	906  *
19	Bene, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1944	1959-1985	632	955
20	Eusebio			(Portugal)	 	1942	1960-1978	625+	654 # 
21	Smith, Joseph „Joe“	(England)		1889	1908-1931	616+	903 #
22	Zsengeller, Gyula 	(Hungary)	 	1915	1931-1953	611	642
23	Martin, David "Boy"	(North Ireland)		1914	1930-1947	611+	527
24	Roberts, Frederick	(North Ireland)		1905	1922-1937	608+	468 #
25	Mortensen, Stanley	(England)		1921	1938-1962	606+	810 #
26	Peyroteo, Fernando	(Portugal)	 	1918	1937-1949	598	369 
27	Greaves, James		(England)	 	1940	1956-1980	590+	842 #  
28	Seeler, Uwe	 	(Germany)	 	1936	1954-1972	582	686
29	Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	(Sweden)	 	1981	1999-		581	996 *
30	Tulio „Maravilha“ 	(Brazil)	 	1969	1987-2014	576	839
31	Schlosser, Imre		(Hungary) 		1889	1906-1928	575+	463 
32	Walter, Fritz		(Germany)	 	1920	1938-1959	574+	572 
33	Ferguson, Glenn		(North Ireland)		1969	1987-2011	569	1084
34	Binder, Franz		(Austria)	 	1911	1927-1949	569+	431
35	Dean, William "Dixie"	(England) 		1907	1923-1940	568	612 
36	Gallacher, Hugh 	(Scotland)	 	1903	1920-1940	566+	715 # 
37	Aldridge, John		(Ireland)	 	1958	1976-1998	565+	990 #
38	Sanchez, Hugo		(Mexico)	 	1958	1976-1997	562	956
39	Torres, Jose		(Portugal)	 	1938	1958-1980	561	615
40	McGrory, James		(Scotland)	 	1904	1922-1938	558	549 #
41	Kocsis, Sandor		(Hungary)	 	1929	1946-1966	556	537
42	Langara, Isidro		(Spain)			1912	1930-1948	556+	445 #
43	Kelly, James		(North Ireland)		1911	1926-1955	552+	975
44	Wilson, David		(England)		1908	1927-1947	551+	605 NEW
45	Dickson, Thomas		(North Ireland)		1929	1946-1966	546+	780
46	Zico		 	(Brazil)	 	1954	1971-1994	546	798 
47	Szusza, Ferenc		(Hungary)	 	1923	1940-1961	545	598 #
48	Dodds, Ephraim „Jock“	(Scotland)	 	1915	1932-1950	542	612 #  
49	Takacs II, Jozsef 	(Hungary)	 	1904	1920-1942	539	526 
50	Halliday, David		(Scotland)		1902	1920-1938	535+	636 
51	Suárez, Luis		(Uruguay) 		1987	2005-		534	895 *
52	Smith, James		(Scotland)		1911	1928-1946	533+	508 NEW
53	Hidegkuti, Nandor 	(Hungary)  		1922	1938-1958	524	677
54	Westcott, Dennis	(England)		1917	1933-1954	522+	575 NEW
55	Ferguson, Hugh		(Scotland)		1895	1914-1930	522+	557 NEW
56	Roberto „Dinamite“	(Brazil)	 	1954	1971-1992	519	869 
57	Krankl, Johann		(Austria)	 	1953	1970-1989	518	725
58	Mermans, Joseph		(Belgium)	 	1922	1937-1960	516	640
59	di Stefano, Alfredo	(Argentina, Spain)	1926	1945-1966	515	704 
60	Nordahl, Gunnar		(Sweden) 		1921	1936-1961	514+	597 
61	Thompson, Trevor	(North Ireland)		1936	1955-1969	512+	585 #
62	Dickson, Desmond	(North Ireland)		1948	1964-1983	511+	704
63	McLean, David		(Scotland)		1890	1906-1931	511+	711 NEW
64	Bloomer, Stephen	(England)	 	1874	1890-1914	509+	760  
65	Sarosi, Gyorg, Dr.	(Hungary)	 	1912	1929-1948	507	592
66	van der Kuijlen, Willy	(Netherland)		1946	1962-1983	504	805 
67	Milla, Roger		(Camerun)	 	1952	1968-1996	504+	906 #
68	De Cleyn, Albert	(Belgium)		1917	1933-1955	503	588 NEW
69	Camsell, Georg		(England)		1902	1923-1942	503+	590 NEW
70	Guy, Dennis		(North Ireland)		1944	1960-1976	503+	631 NEW
71	Rowley, Arthur		(England)	 	1926	1941-1967	502+	729
72	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		1611+		 936 #
Puskas, Ferenc		1571+		1271 
Müller, Gerhard		1483		1228
Bene, Ferenc		1416+		1461 # 
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	821*
Messi, Lionel		795*
Pele			769
Romario			761
Puskas, Ferenc		761 
Bican, Josef		743
Jones, James		660 
Lenstra, Abe		645 
Müller, Gerhard		640
Bambrick, Joseph	634  
Peyroteo, Fernando	591
Lewandowski, Robert	584*
Seeler, Uwe		567
Ferguson, Glenn		563
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	561*
McGrory, James		558 #
Schlosser, Imre		554
Eusebio			554 #
Suárez, Luis		532*
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
Ronaldo, Cristiano	498*
Messi, Lionel		498*
Müller, Gerhard		497
Zsengeller, Gyula 	490
Jones, James		485+ # 
Lawton, Thomas		483+  
Roberto Dinamite 	476 
Mermans, Joseph		475
Walter, Fritz		469+
Langara, Isidro		469
De Cleyn, Albert 	469 #  
 
(only top leagues)

Bican, Josef		526
Puskas, Ferenc		516
Ronaldo, Cristiano	498*
Messi, Lionel		487*
De Cleyn, Albert 	431 # 
Schlosser, Imre		417
Zsengeller, Gyula 	416
McGrory, James		408
Müller, Gerhard		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, Thomas		628+ #
Bambrick, Joe		610+ 
Hughes, Samuel		596 #
Jones, James		594+ #
Messi, Lionel		593
Roberts, Frederick	593+ #
Müller, Gerhard		570
Puskas, Ferenc		560 
Peyroteo, Fernando	529 
Dean, William "Dixie"	528 
Schlosser, Imre		521  
Greaves, James		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+
Smith, Joseph		379+ #
Helmchen, Erwin		359+ 
Ronaldo, Cristiano	354*
Ibrahimovic, Zlatan	345*
Lenstra, Abe		321+ 

International matches/Selects

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

Ronaldo, Cristiano	136*
Kocsis, Sandor		124 
Puskas, Ferenc		124  (incl. 2 goals in Matthews farewell match)
Woodward, Vivian	119  (incl. 23 goals ag. regional selects of South Africa) NEW
Messi, Lionel 	 	114*
Daei, Ali	 	114
Tichy, Lajos		110
Neymar			 95*
Lawton, Thomas		 94 
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, Gerhard		573	FC Bayern
Peyroteo, Fernando	553 	Sporting Lissboa
Lenstra, Abe		531 	Heerenveen
Bambrick, Joe		524  	Linfield
McGrory, James		524	Celtic
Jones, James		516 	Glenavon
Walter, Fritz		513+ 	1.FC Kaiserslautern
Seeler, Uwe	 	508 	Hamburger SV

One team (all matches)

Müller, Gerhard		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 (82 Belfast Celtic, 11 Celtic 2nd)
Messi, Lionel		2012* 		91	69
Müller, Gerhard		1972* 		85	60
Bambrick, Joseph	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, Joseph	1928-29		78	54
Helmchen, Erwin		1929-30		77	33
Dodds, Ephraim „Jock“	1941-42		77	39 
Martin, David 		1933-34		77	51 
Bambrick, Joseph	1933-34		75	49
Pele		 	1958 		75	53
Bambrick, Joseph	1932-33		75	58
Binder, Franz		1939-40		74	43
Hughes, Samuel		1952-53		74	55
Jones, James		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, Gerhard		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, Joseph	1929-30		103	60	
Pele			1965		103	74
Kocsis, Sandor		1954		100	60
Deak, Ferenc		1948-49		 99	57

10 consecutive seasons

Bambrick, Joseph	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, Thomas		1938-1948	497+
Jones, James		1951-1961	494
Müller, Gerhard		1968-1978	490
Puskas, Ferenc		1946-1955	479

Official matches with goals

Rooke, Ronald		565+
Ronaldo, Cristiano	557*
Messi, Lionel		541*
Romario			495
Lenstra, Abe		479+
Puskas, Ferenc		477
Pele			467
Helmchen, Erwin		451+
Bican, Josef		439+
Müller, Gerhard		437

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: 21 Dec 2022

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