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Stats: Highest international goalscorers of all time

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Robbie Keane after the 7-0 drubbing of Gibraltar

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane has surpassed Brazil’s legenadary Ronaldo Lima in the most international goals tally thanks to a hat-trick against a hapless Gibraltar side during a 7-0 win.  He got his hat-trick within the first 18 minutes but even this wasn’t enough to send Ireland on top of Group D as they remain  1 behind Poland on goal-difference.

The LA Galaxy captain now lies joint 14th on the list of top international goalscorers of all time with Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba.

He also became the leading goalscorer in Euro qualifying history ahead of Jon Dahl Tomasson (19), ?ükür (19) & Raul (18). He also broke the record for the fastest hat-trick scored during a Euro qualifier held previously by Marco van Basten.

Here is a list of highest international goalscorers of all time:

Highest international goalscorers of all time





Ali Daei Iran 109 149
Ferenc Puskás Hungary 84 85
Kunishige Kamamoto Japan 80 84
Godfrey Chitalu Zambia 79 108
Pelé Brazil 77 92
Sándor Kocsis Hungary 75 68
Bashar Abdullah Kuwait 75 133
Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia 71 116
Miroslav Klose Germany 71 137
Stern John Trinidad and Tobago 70 115
Kiatisuk Senamuang Thailand 70 131
Gerd Müller West Germany 68 62
Hossam Hassan Egypt 68 176
Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 65 104
Robbie Keane Republic of Ireland 65 137
Jassem Al-Houwaidi Kuwait 63 74
Brazil 62 98
Hussein Saeed Iraq 61 126
Imre Schlosser Hungary 59 68
David Villa Spain 59 97

For the record, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has 50 goals from 114 matches and Argentina’s Leo Messi has 42 goals from 94 matches.

England’s Wayne Rooney scored against Estonia and now has 43 goals to his name just 6 behind the all time record for his country held by Sir Bobby Charlton.


Trivia for Indian fans: Sunil Chhetri has 42 goals from 73 matches. Meanwhile favourites from Group D Germany lost 2-0 to Poland and superstar Mario Gotze reacted to a silly question by a journalist.

Keane, 34 is the only active footballer on the Top 20 list and looks good to move even higher up the charts with a bulk of Euro 2016 qualifiers still to be played.

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