List Of All Time Top Goal Scorers In World Cup History

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:
All-Time Top Goal Scorers in FIFA World Cup History
NO PLAYER GOALS MATCHES GOLDEN BOOT
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
21 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
9 19 matches in 3 world cups none
22 Uwe Seeler
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
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