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Top 5 greatest strikers in FIFA World Cup history

Sujith Mohan
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7.45K   //    13 May 2018, 20:56 IST

Pele during the 1970 WOrls Cup in Mexico
Pele during the 1970 World Cup in Mexico

We are just weeks away from the start of one of the biggest sporting spectacles. FIFA World Cup 2018 will begin next month in Russia and some of the biggest names in world football will fight against each other for the biggest prize in football.

Over the years, we have witnessed some great strikers in the World Cups. Jurgen Klinsmann, Gabriel Batistuta, David Villa, Eusébio, Roberto Baggio, Gary Lineker, and Diego Maradona are some of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the competition.

But the ones on this list are simply a notch above the rest. They have played a stellar role for their respective teams in the tournament and scored a lot of goals. On that note, let's take a look at the top 5 greatest strikers in FIFA World Cup history.


#5 Pele

Pele was one of the most prolific goalscorers in the game of football and arguably the greatest footballer of all-time.

With 77 goals in 92 games, Pele is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil. He also holds the record for the youngest winner of a World Cup and the youngest scorer in a World Cup.

Pele has represented Brazil in four World Cups and gave us some phenomenal performances during the 60's and 70's.

With 3 World Cup wins (1958, 1962, and 1970), he is the only player in the history of the game to win three World Cup titles and one of the most successful strikers in the history of the competition.

The Brazilian has scored 12 goals from 14 games in the World Cups. He was the winner of FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (Best Player) in the 1970 World Cup.

Regarded a lot for his speed, finishing, flair, feints, and dribbling, Pele was a physically strong striker with great abilities to score from either foot.

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