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Ferenc Puskas honored by IFFHS founder Alfredo Pöge in 1998, Josef Bican also with an IFFHS Medal, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo represent the future in this ranking.

 

 

Since the beginning of the football, the goalgetters cause the admiration of the Football World. The IFFHS has made a ranking of THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL TOP DIVISION GOAL SCORERS OF ALL TIME since the beginning of the official football. Some experts will remark that Pele is not in the TOP 25 of the ranking, just because Brazil had no national league before 1971. The World’s Best Player of the Century scored 470 goals in the Campeonato Paulista and only 71 in the Top Division. Other examples exist for different players like the great striker Josef Bican, who scored 518 goals in 341 matches with a phenomenal 1,52 goals by match . That was between the years 1931-1956 not always in Top league and in not recognised league !

Ferenc Puskas is the leader of this ranking with 511 goals scored in Top Division in Hungary with Kispesti AC and Budapest Honved , and in Spain with Real Madrid CF, that all between 1943 and 1966. Pele and Bican scored more goals than Puskas, but not only Top Division goals, that is why they don’t appear in the Top 25. The IFFHS has honoured Ferenc Puskas in 1998 in a Gala in Germany for his record and also has honoured with a Medal of Honour Josef Biscan and Pele for their fantastic career and goals.

In the ranking, all periods are concerned from 1905 with Imre Schlosser, the Hungarian Goalgetter (1,31 goals by match) to 1998 with Hugo Sanchez, the mexican forward who played also in Real Madrid CF. Two players in the Top 25 are still playing today : Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the two super stars of the last 10 years ! 373 goals for Ronaldo, 361 goals for Messi : the way is long to Ferenc Puskas (511), but they can continue to advance in the ranking and reach in the next year maybe the TOP 5 !

 

 

TOP 25 – THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL TOP DIVISION GOAL SCORERS OF ALL TIME (7 November 2017)

ranking goalscorer leagues top division matches period of time goals
           
1 Ferenc PUSKAS Hungary/Spain 533 1943-1966 511
2 Imre SCHLOSSER Hungary/Austria 318 1905-1928 417
3 Gyula ZSENGELLER Hungary/Italia/Colombia 394 1935-1952 416
4 James Edward MC GRORY Scotland 408 1922-1938 410
5 Gerhard “Gerd” MULLER Germany 507 1965-1981 405
  Roger MILLA Cameroon/France/Indonesia 712 1970-1996 405
7 Hugo SANCHEZ Mexico/USA/Spain 684 1976-1998 400
8 Ferenc SZUSZA Hungary 462 1940-1961 393
9 Carlos BIANCHI Argentina/France 546 1967-1984 385
10 Alfredo DI STEFANO Argentina/Colombia/Spain 521 1945-1966 377
11 Gunnar NORDHAL Sweden/Italy 463 1940-1958 376
12 Cristiano RONALDO Portugal/England/Spain 493 2002- 373
13 James Peter GREAVES England/Italy 527 1957-1971 366
14 Delio ONNIS Argentina/France 560 1968-1986 363
15 Hugh FERGUSON Scotland/England 422 1916-1930 361
  Lionel MESSI Argentina/Spain 392 2004- 361
17 Jozsef TAKACS Hungary 355 1920-1940 360
18 Johann KRANKL Austria/Spain 473 1970-1988 354
19 György SAROSI Hungary 383 1930-1948 351
  Osvaldo CASTRO Chile/Mexico 592 1966-1984 351
21 Albert DE CLEYN Belgium 395 1932-1954 350
22 EUSEBIO Portugal/USA/Mexico 373 1960-1977 342
23 Josef MERMANS Belgium 382 1941-1957 339
24 Isidro LANGARA Spain/Argentina/Mexico 287 1933-1948 336
  Hugh Kilpatrick GALLACHER Scotland/England 466 1921-1938 336
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