FIFA World Cup: Top 5 goalscorers of all-time
The FIFA World Cup is one of the most awaited tournaments for every football fan around the globe. The first competition for the cup was organized in 1930 by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and was won by Uruguay. The last World Cup was won by Germany in 2014.
The World Cup has a history of some amazing goal scorers, making it a platform honoured by numerous football icons. While Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi are the first names to come to our minds when we talk about top goal scorers of the current generation, they do not feature on the list of the top goal scorers of all time in the World Cup.
Now, with the next World Cup just around the corner, let us look at the top 5 leading goal scorers of all-time in the World Cup.
Note - Stats accurate as of February 28th, 2018
#5 Pele (Brazil)
Regarded as one of the best players of all time, Pele is at number five on this list. The Brazilian had scored 12 goals in the 14 World Cup games he took part in.
Pele started his professional career at Santos and spent the most of his career there. The Brazilian had scored 619 goals in 638 games for the 8 times Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champions.
He retired from professional football in 1974 but got back from his semi-retirement in 1975, and signed a contract with the American Club New York Cosmos. He scored 31 goals in 58 matches for the club before finally closing end to his career in 1977.
The former Santos forward, Pele took part in 4 World Cups, winning 3 of them. Notably, He is Brazil's all-time leading goalscorer with 77 goals scored in 92 games.