Picture : “Ruud” Van Nistelrooij honoured by the IFFHS in Barcelona (may 2012).








The World Goalgetter of the First Decade corresponds to almost a combination of the annual World’s Best Goal Scorer for the years from 2001 to 2010.

Only international goals scored in the following competitions and matches were taken into consideration :

– All full “A” Internationals

– Olympic Final Tournament

– FIFA Club World Cup

– Continental club competitions of the UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC and OFC

– Continental Super Cup matches of the 6 confederations

– Official matches between the topical continental club champions

“Ruud” Van Nistelrooij scored the most goals in this period, 33 with his national team and 53 with his clubs to have a total of 86 goals, just one goal more than Thierry Henry, the French striker, 

The Top 15 consists of 10 European, three Africans, one South American and one Central American. These “Top 15″ makes visible who were the most successful international goalgetters of the first decade of the individual continents – presupposed that they are placed in a higher part of the World ranking.

The most successful international goalgetters among the classic midfielders, who take a defensive and offensive role on the field of play – in the ranking were the German Michael Ballack and the Englishman Steven Gerrard (57 goals each).

For the next decade (2011-2020), Cristiano Ronaldo (4 Awards) and Lionel Messi (2 Awards) dominate the ranking and will beat all records of goals, that is sure …




TOP 15

Rutgerus VAN NISTELROOIJ Netherlands Manchester United FC/Real Madrid CF/Hamburger SV 33 53 86
Thierry HENRY France Arsenal FC/FC Barcelona 43 42 85
Didier DROGBA Cote Ivoire Olympique Marseille/Chelsea FC 45 38 83
Miroslav KLOSE Germany FC Kaiserslautern/SV Werder Bremen/FC Bayern München 58 23 81
Samuel ETO’O Cameroon RCD Mallorca/FC Barcelona/FC Internazionale Milan 44 35 79
Flavio Da Silva AMADO Angola Atlético/Petroleos Luanda/Al-Ahly Cairo/Al-Shabab FC Riyadh 32 41 73
Dimitar BERBATOV Bulgaria TSV Bayer Leverkusen 04/Tottenham FC/FC Manchester United 46 25 71
RAOUL Gonzales Blanco Spain Real Madrid CF/Schalke 04 26 45 71
David VILLA Spain RC Zaragoza/Valencia CF/FC Barcelona 44 24 68
Andriy SHEVSHENKO Ukraine Milan AC/FC Chelsea/FC Dynamo Kyiv 32 36 68
Alexander FREI Switzerland Servette FC Genève/Stade Rennais/FC Basel 42 21 63
Henrik LARSSON Sweden Glesgow Celtic FC/FC Barcelona/Manchester United/Helsingborg 25 36 61
Jon Dahl TOMASSON Denmark Feyenoord Rotterdam/AC Milan/VFB Stuttgart/Villareal CF 43 16 59
Jared Francisco BORGETTI Mexico CSL Torreon/Pachuca CF/Bolton W/Al-Ittihad FC/CA Morelia 41 17 58
ADRIANO Ribeiro Leite Brazil FC Parma/FC Inter Milan/Sao Paulo FC/CR Flamengo 27 31 58
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