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All-time Bundesliga top scorers: Gerd Muller on top, but no current players on the list

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Modified 01 Oct 2015, 12:48 IST
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Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller has consistently scored for both Bayern Munich and Germany

The German Bundesliga is slowly starting to fascinate viewers across the world. The competition, which was initiated in the year 1963, has largely been dominated by Bayern Munich (the most decorated club with 24 league titles) over the past decade, with their major competition coming from rivals Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke, Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg.

The Bundesliga boasts some extremely talented players and international stars like Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Manuel Neuer. The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Stefan Kiessling and Thomas Muller are the leading marksmen who have been topping the goalscoring charts for the past few years.

The league has, of course, also been witness to the legendary Gerd Muller, who holds an incredible goal scoring record both at international and club level. Muller was a class act, but there were also a few others who got close to matching his records, like Klaus Fischer, Manfred Burgsmuller and Jupp Heynckes. 

Germany are renowned for producing top quality home-grown strikers. So let’s have a look at the players featuring in the all-time Bundesliga top scorers list, as well the top scorers among the players who are still active in the game.

All-time German Bundesliga top goal scorers

Gerd Muller leads the goalscoring charts in Bundesliga history with 365 goals. The former Bayern Munich star is regarded as one of football’s greatest strikers for his clinical finishing and killer instinct inside the penalty box. He also has an incredible goal scoring tally at international level, netting 68 goals in 62 appearances for Die Mannschaft.

Realistically speaking, there is currently no active player in the league capable of matching his record. 

Klaus Fischer is second on the list, scoring 268 goals in 535 appearances in the league. He was known for his bicycle kicks, and played for four different clubs including FC Koln and FC Schalke.

Much to our surprise, there is no active Bundesliga player featuring in the league’s all-time top goal scorers list. Claudio Pizzaro comes the closest, but he announced his retirement after playing his last season with FC Bayern Munich (2014/15). 

Here’s a look at the all-time Bundesliga top goal scorers (all stats have been collected from the official website of the German Bundesliga):

No Player Clubs Season Appearances Goals Goals/Game
1 Gerd Muller

FC Bayern Munich

1964- 1979

427 365 0.85
2 Klaus Fischer

TSV 180 Munchen

FC Shalke 04

1 FC Koln

VfL Bochum

1968-1970

 

1970-1981

1981-1984

1984-1988

60


305

96

84

28


182

31

27

 
Total 535 268 0.50
3 Jupp Heynckes

Borussia Monchengladbach

Hannover 96

Borussia Monchengladbach

1963-1967

1967-1970


1970-1978

82

86


226

50

25


168


 
Total 369 220 0.59
4 Manfred Burgsmuller

Rot-Weiss Essen

Bayer Uerdingen

Rot-Weiss Essen

Bayer Uerdingen

Borussia Dortmund

1 FC Nurnberg

Werder Bremen

1968-1971

1971-1974

1974-1976

1976

1976-1983

1983-84

1985-1990

12

101

64

7

224

34

115

0

80

32

1

135

12

34

 
Total 447 213 0.47
5 Ulf Kirsten Bayer Leverkusen 1990-2003 350 182 0.52
6 Stefan Kuntz

VfL Bochum

Bayer 05 Uerdingen

1 FC Kaiserslautern

Arminia Bielefeld

VfL Bochum

1983-86

1986-1989


1989-1995

1996-1998

1998-1999

100

94


170

65

20

41

32


75

25

6

 
Total 449 179 0.39
7 Klaus Allofs

Fortuna Dusseldorf

1 FC Koln

Werder Bremen

1975-1981

1981-1987

1990-1993

169

177

78

71

88

18

 
Total 424 177 0.42
  Dieter Muller

1 FC Koln

VfB Stuttgart

1 FC Saarbrucken

1973-1981

1981-1982

1985-1986

248

30

23

159

14

4

 
Total 303 177 0.58
9 Claudio Pizzaro

Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich

Werder Bremen (loan)

Weder Bremen 

FC Bayern Munich

1999-2001

2001-2007

2008-2009

2009-2012

2012-present

56

174

26

77

50

29

71

17

43

16

 
Total 383 176 0.46
10 Hannes Lohr 1 FC Koln 1964-1978 381 166 0.44

Top 4 German Bundesliga goal scorers who are still active in the game

Mario Gomez is among the top goalscorers in Bundesliga who are still active in the game

Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez tops the charts here, followed by Stefan Kiessling, Miroslav Klose and Kevin Kuranyi who are all German nationals. Gomez had a promising start to his Bayern Munich career but failed to live up to the expectations at the Allianz Arena, and a sudden dip in form saw him move to the Italian side Fiorentina.

Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup with 16 goals. He was sublime for Die Mannschaft and played in two of Germany’s biggest teams – Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich. However, Klose has been more far reliable for the national team than at the club level.

Here’s the Top 4 list:

No Player Clubs

Season

Appearances Goals Goals/Game
1 Mario Gomez

VfB Stuttgart

FC Bayern Munich

2003-2009

2009-2013

121

115

63

75

 

Total

236

138

0.58
2 Stefan Kiessling

1 FC Nurnberg

Bayer Leverkusen

2003-2006

2006-present

73

287

15

123

 
Total 348 136 0.39
3 Miroslav Klose

1 FC Kaiserslautern

Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich

1999-2004

2004-2007

2007-2011

120

85

98

44

50

24

 
Total 307

121

0.39
4 Kevin Kuranyi

VfB Stuttgart

FC Schalke 04

2001-2005

2005-2010

99

162

40

71

 
Total 264 111 0.42

Top 10 goal scorers who are still playing in the German Bundesliga

Stefan Kiessling tops the charts with 136 goals

Stefan Kiessling, who has been with Bayer Leverkusen since 2006, tops the list here, and is followed by the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, Vedad Ibisevic and Marcelinho – who are all playing in the top division of German football.

Even though the Leverkusen skipper has the most number of goals, Dutch international Arjen Robben from Bayern Munich has a better games per goal ratio (0.56) than the tall German striker. 

Here are the 10 players in the list:

No Player Appearances Goals
1 Stefan Kiessling 348 136
2 Robert Lewandowski 165 93
3 Vedad Ibisevic 202 82
4 Marcelinho 205 77
5 Thomas Muller 200 76
6 Alexander Meier 235 75
7 Marco Reus 182 75
8 Arjen Robben 130 74
9 Ivica Olic 231 72
10 Lukas Podolski 210 70

Note: Stats updated as on 31st August 2015

Published 03 Sep 2015, 17:34 IST
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