IFFHS HISTORY : THE WORLD’S BEST GOAL SCORERS OF THE FIRST DECADE (2001-2010)
“RUUD” VAN NISTELROOIJ BEFORE THIERRY HENRY !
The World Goalgetter of the First Decade corresponds to almost a combination of the annual World’s Best Goal Scorer for the years from 2001 to 2010.
Only international goals scored in the following competitions and matches were taken into consideration :
– All full “A” Internationals
– Olympic Final Tournament
– FIFA Club World Cup
– Continental club competitions of the UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC and OFC
– Continental Super Cup matches of the 6 confederations
– Official matches between the topical continental club champions
“Ruud” Van Nistelrooij scored the most goals in this period, 33 with his national team and 53 with his clubs to have a total of 86 goals, just one goal more than Thierry Henry, the French striker,
The Top 15 consists of 10 European, three Africans, one South American and one Central American. These “Top 15″ makes visible who were the most successful international goalgetters of the first decade of the individual continents – presupposed that they are placed in a higher part of the World ranking.
The most successful international goalgetters among the classic midfielders, who take a defensive and offensive role on the field of play – in the ranking were the German Michael Ballack and the Englishman Steven Gerrard (57 goals each).
For the next decade (2011-2020), Cristiano Ronaldo (4 Awards) and Lionel Messi (2 Awards) dominate the ranking and will beat all records of goals, that is sure …
|PLAYER||COUNTRY||CLUBS||GOALS Country||GOALS Clubs||TOTAL|
|Rutgerus VAN NISTELROOIJ||Netherlands||Manchester United FC/Real Madrid CF/Hamburger SV||33||53||86|
|Thierry HENRY||France||Arsenal FC/FC Barcelona||43||42||85|
|Didier DROGBA||Cote Ivoire||Olympique Marseille/Chelsea FC||45||38||83|
|Miroslav KLOSE||Germany||FC Kaiserslautern/SV Werder Bremen/FC Bayern München||58||23||81|
|Samuel ETO’O||Cameroon||RCD Mallorca/FC Barcelona/FC Internazionale Milan||44||35||79|
|Flavio Da Silva AMADO||Angola||Atlético/Petroleos Luanda/Al-Ahly Cairo/Al-Shabab FC Riyadh||32||41||73|
|Dimitar BERBATOV||Bulgaria||TSV Bayer Leverkusen 04/Tottenham FC/FC Manchester United||46||25||71|
|RAOUL Gonzales Blanco||Spain||Real Madrid CF/Schalke 04||26||45||71|
|David VILLA||Spain||RC Zaragoza/Valencia CF/FC Barcelona||44||24||68|
|Andriy SHEVSHENKO||Ukraine||Milan AC/FC Chelsea/FC Dynamo Kyiv||32||36||68|
|Alexander FREI||Switzerland||Servette FC Genève/Stade Rennais/FC Basel||42||21||63|
|Henrik LARSSON||Sweden||Glesgow Celtic FC/FC Barcelona/Manchester United/Helsingborg||25||36||61|
|Jon Dahl TOMASSON||Denmark||Feyenoord Rotterdam/AC Milan/VFB Stuttgart/Villareal CF||43||16||59|
|Jared Francisco BORGETTI||Mexico||CSL Torreon/Pachuca CF/Bolton W/Al-Ittihad FC/CA Morelia||41||17||58|
|ADRIANO Ribeiro Leite||Brazil||FC Parma/FC Inter Milan/Sao Paulo FC/CR Flamengo||27||31||58|