The FIFA World Cup will begin today. The first game will be played between Qatar and Ecuador. Ecuador is said to be a team that can be “the giant killers.” Goal-scoring is a key skill. A great footballer once said, that playing good football and scoring goals are two different things. Over the years, we have seen many strikers. Teams have had elite players at the No. 9 position. So, who are the top 5 goal scorers in the history of the FIFA World Cup? Here is a look:
5) Pele is in the list of top goal scorers in FIFA World Cup History:
This Brazilian legend just had to be on the list. He was a goal-scoring machine. Pele also holds the record for scoring the most goals in top-flight club football. Season after season, this strike force from Brazil dominated international and club-level games. He was a true authoritative figure on the field. He took responsibility when it mattered the most. Pele put the ball in the back of the net 12 times in 14 games.
4) Just Fontaine:
Just Fontaine is a France football legend. He scored 13 goals in just 6 games. Fontaine played in 1958 and played just that world cup. He had the potential to be the best. He played for Reims in the French league. His tally happens to be the most goals scored by a player in a single FIFA tournament.
3) Gerd Muller is in the list of top goal scorers in FIFA World Cup History:
Gerd Muller just had to be on the list. He is one of the greatest strikers that the world has seen. Thomas his son, is just trying to emulate his father and has also become a goal-scoring machine. Gerd Muller played in the FIFA World Cup of 1970 and 1974. He scored 14 goals in 13 games. His finishing skills were too good. When he had the ball in the D-box, it was always a threat to the opposition as he knew where the scoring opportunity was.
Ronaldo Nazario, the player who led Brazil to victory in the 2002 FIFA World Cup is also on this elite list and is placed 2nd in the tally of most goals scored. He bagged a total of 15 goals in 19 games. He played for Brazil in 4 World Cups. He played in the FIFA World Cup of 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006. R9 was the most valued player at his peak. Every team wanted a piece of him. He was a true asset for Real Madrid.
1) Miroslav Klose has scored the most goals in FIFA World Cup History:
Miroslav Klose is a German legend. He was a part of the 2014 World Cup-winning Germany squad. He was a goal-scoring back then as well. He was also an integral part of the German squad that beat the Brazilians 7-1 in the semi-finals and set the record straight! Miroslav played 24 games in the FIFA World Cup. He was a part of 4 World Cups in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. He played club football for Lazio in the Italian League. He bagged a total of 16 goals and hence is the player with the most goals in FIFA World Cup history.
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