Sky SportsSports NewsWorld Cup

Top 5 football players with the highest goals in World Cup history

World Cup is the greatest sporting event in football. It is the dream of almost every player to lift the World Cup trophy for his country. There have been many great football players who lightened the World Cup stage numerous times.

There were many great strikers who scored some great goals in the biggest football tournament. So here we take a look at the top 5 football players with the highest goals in the FIFA World Cup of all time.


Top 5 football players with the highest goals in World Cup history

5. Pele

Country: Brazil
Goals: 12
Matches: 14
World Cup winning year: 1958, 1962, 1970

Brazilian legend Pele is considered the best football player of all time by many people. He is the leading goalscorer for Brazil and lifted the World Cup for a record three times for his country.


He is the first teenager to score in a World Cup final and he also won the Golden Ball award in 1970.

4. Just Fontaine


Country: France
Goals: 13
Matches: 6
World Cup winning year: N/A

The France player holds the record for the most World Cup goals in a single tournament. He scored 13 goals in his only World Cup in 1958. Although France failed to win the trophy, he won the Golden boot.

3. Gerd Muller

Football – 1972 UEFA European Football Championship – Final: West Germany 3 Soviet Union 0 18/06/1972 West Germany’s Gerd Muller celebrates after scoring his second, and his side’s third, goal in the Heysel Stadium, Brussels

Country: Germany
Goals: 14
Matches: 13
World Cup winning year: 1974

Gerd Muller is one of Germany’s finest ever players. He scored a total of 14 goals for his country in the World Cup and guided them to the pinnacle of world football in 1974.

2. Ronaldo

Country: Brazil
Goals: 15
Matches: 19
World Cup winning year: 1994, 2002

The deadly striker won the World Cup two times with Brazil and scored a whopping 15 goals in the World Cups, even surpassing Pele. He was a force to be reckoned with in front of goals and also won the Ballon d’Or.

1. Miroslav Klose

Country: Germany
Goals: 16
Matches: 24
World Cup winning year: 2014

The German goalscorer holds the record for the highest goals ever scored in World Cups. He is also the first player to appear in four consecutive semi-finals in history.

Klose won the 2006 Golden Shoe and later finished off his career with the 2014 World Cup trophy.

Abdul Azeez

Sports & Football News Writer | Sky Sports Nigeria

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Powered by Live Score & Live Score App