Wondering who is the highest goal scorer in the world or the highest goal scorer in international football history?
In this article, we shall be looking at the all-time highest goal scorer in the world, but categorically in the World Cup. You’ll also see who the player(s) with the most goals in a single world cup is.
The FIFA Russia World Cup 2018 has just ended and the buzz is starting to die down around the sports world and rightly so considering (though FIFA World Cup is the biggest sports event on every scale) that other tournaments such as the leagues and qualifiers for Africa Cup Of Nations and other continental games are now ongoing.
I’m sure you are aware that the FIFA World Cup is the most watched sports event in the world. The 2018 World Cup in Russia was the 21st edition of the tournament and Brazil has the record of winning 5 world cups more than any other nation.
Now let’s take a look at all-time leading goal scorers in FIFA World Cup history.
It might interest you to know that Mirslov Klose holds the record for the most goal in World Cup history having scored 16 in 24 world cup games. He broke the record in world cup 2014 up to that time held by Brazil’s Ronaldo who scored 15 goals in 19 world cup games.
Below is the list of all-time world cup top scorers:
|1||Miroslav Klose||16||24 Matches in 4 World Cups||2006 World Cup|
|2||Ronaldo||15||19 Matches in 4 World Cups||2002 World Cup|
|3||Gerd Müller||14||13 matches in 2 World Cups||1970 World Cup|
|4||Just Fontaine||13||6 matches in 1958 world cup||1958 World Cup|
|5||Pelé||12||14 Matches in 4 world cups||none|
|6||Sándor Kocsis||11||5 Matches in 1954 World Cup||1954 World Cup|
|7||Jürgen Klinsmann||11||17 Matches in 3 World Cups||none|
|8||Helmut Rahn||10||10 matches in 2 world cups||none|
|9||Gary Lineker||10||12 matches in 2 world cups||1986 World Cup|
|10||Gabriel Batistuta||10||12 matches in 3 world cups||none|
|11||Teófilo Cubillas||10||13 matches in 3 world cups||none|
|12||Thomas Müller||10||13 matches in 2 world cups||2010 World Cup|
|13||Grzegorz Lato||10||20 matches in 3 world cups||1974 World Cup|
|14||Eusébio||9||6 matches in 1966 World cup||1966 World Cup|
|15||Christian Vieri||9||9 matches in 2 world cups||none|
|16||Vavá||9||10 matches in 2 world cups||1962 World Cup|
|17||David Villa||9||12 matches in 3 world cups||none|
|18||Paolo Rossi||9||14 matches in 3 world cups||1982 World Cup|
|19||Jairzinho||9||16 Matches in 3 world cups||none|
|20||Roberto Baggio||9||16 matches in 3 world cups||none|
||9||19 matches in 3 world cups||none|
||9||21 matches in 4 world cups||none|
|23||Guillermo Stábile||8||4 matches in 1930 world cup||1930 World Cup|
|24||Leônidas||8||5 matches in 2 world cups||none|
|25||Ademir||8||6 matches in 1950 world cup||1950 World Cup|
|26||Óscar Míguez||8||7 matches in 2 world cups|
|27||Rivaldo||8||14 matches in 2 world cups||none|
|28||Rudi Völler||8||15 matches in 3 world cups||none|
|29||Diego Maradona||8||21 matches in 4 world cups||none|