Top 10 Most World Cup Goals By Players In FIFA History

10. Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker's number 10 World Cup goal. Former soccer player and sportscaster, 62.  Lineker is a notable English striker. He joined Leicester City's development academy and made his debut in 1978. Lineker scored 330 goals in 16 years, including 282 club goals. The English Football Hall of Fame inducted him.

09. Gabriel Batistuta

Gabriel Batistuta

Batistuta, 53, is nicknamed "El Angel Gabriel." He was a top scorer in professional soccer. In 1996, Fiorentina fans created a life-size bronze monument of him. 1999 FIFA World Player of the Year. Pele named him to FIFA 100 in 2004.

08. Helmut Rahn

Helmut Rahn

Helmut Rahn is 8th in World Cup goals. His fans called him "Der Boss" (born August 16, 1929).  Rahn's 1954 World Cup performance made him a legend in German football. He won against Hungary. He also played for the German team that reached the 1958 World Cup semi-finals. Rahn became the third World Cup top scorer after scoring against Yugoslavia.

07. Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann has 7 World Cup goals. The 58-year-old was one of Germany's top scorers in the 1990s. Klinsmann has scored in all six major international competitions. 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year. 2004 FIFA 100 list of "125 Greatest Living Footballers" Klinsmann became a manager after retirement.

06. Sandor Kocsis

Sandor Kocsi

Sandor Kocsis is 6th with 11 World Cup goals. Born on September 21, 1929, he is one of Hungary's top scorers.  In 1952 and 1954, Kocsis was the top striker in any European league for Honved and the 1954 World Cup's best scorer. This prolific header-scorer died at 49 on July 22, 1979.

05. Pele

Pele Brazil

Pele, 82, is considered one of the best players and "the greatest" by FIFA. At 15, he joined Santos. He has 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil. Pele won 1958, 1962, and 1970 FIFA World Cups. Guinness World Record: Pele scored 1,279 goals in 1,363 games. Since 1977, he's become a global football ambassador.

04. Just Fontaine

Just Fontaine

Just Fontaine ranks fourth with 13 World Cup goals. The 89-year-old attacker is one of soccer's finest. It's one of the most goals scored by a single World Cup player. Fontaine earned the Golden Boot. Pele called him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers in 2004. After retirement, Fontaine managed many teams.

03. Gerd Muller

Gerd Muller

Gerd Muller scored 14 World Cup goals and is considered one of the best ever. The 1945-born striker is known for his precise finishing. Der Bomber played for Bayern Munich and Fort Lauderdale Strikers. In 1970, he scored ten goals and won the Golden Boot. 1974 World Cup: 4 goals.

02. Ronaldo


46-year-old Ronaldo has 15 World Cup goals. R9 is a superb player.  He was the youngest 1994 World Cup winner. Ronaldo won the 1998 Golden Ball and the 2002 Golden Boots. 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year. He's three-time FIFA World Player of the Year. Ronaldo is an iconic influence on the rising generation of strikers.

01. Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose

Miroslav Klose, 44, has the most World Cup goals in FIFA history with 16. The former striker is one of few to win gold, silver, and bronze at the World Cup. In 2002, he scored five goals and in 2006, he won the Golden Boot. In 2014, Klose surpassed Ronaldo's 15 goals.