Picture : Pelé and his famous bicycle kick ! He is the leader of this ranking.
IFFHS ranking for all-time world best league goal-scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo has reached earlier this month the milestone of 500 national league goals. He became the 6th player in football history to achieve this. Now his league goal tally is as high as 503 goals.
We publish for the first time the historical world ranking of the top goal-scorers in the national leagues. The top divisions are taken into account, with addition of some relevant regional leagues (Campeonato Carioca for Romário, Roberto Dinamite and Zico, Campeonato Paulista for Pelé, Lisbon Championship for Peyroteo, Oberliga Nord for Seeler, Netherlands Nord for Lenstra).
Pelé holds the record in this category with 604 goals.
Erwin Helmchen is a special case. During his 28-year career, he scored 713 goals in various German leagues. During his performances, the structure of national championship was very complex and multi-stage. The regional tournaments in which Helmchen competed were the opening phases of the German championship. Formally, they belonged to the first tier of the national football. But huge number of teams involved significantly devalues the quality of his leagues. This circumstance makes it impossible to consider these regional leagues as "relevant". Therefore, Helmchen is mentioned in the list, but not included in the ranking.
|ALL-TIME BEST||LEAGUE GOAL-SCORERS|
|Erwin Helmchen||Germany||1923-1951||23||690||713||Germany (23), South-East Germany (151), Central Germany (247),|
|Gauliga Saxony (219), Bezirk Chemnitz (72), Oberliga Nord (1)|
|1||Pelé||Brazil||1957-1977||138||466||604||Paulista (466), Brazil (101), USA (NASL, 37)|
|2||Abe Lenstra||Netherlands||1937-1960||289||284||573||Netherlands Nord (284), Netherlands (289)|
|3||Romário||Brazil||1985-2007||311||233||544||Carioca (233), Brazil (154), Netherlands (98), Spain (39),|
|USA (USL, 19), Australia (1)|
|4||Josef Bican||Austria, CS, BM||1931-1955||515||515||Austria (71), Czechoslovakia & Bohemia-Moravia (444)|
|5||Ferenc Puskás||Hungary, Spain||1943-1966||515||515||Hungary (359), Spain (156)|
|6||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||2002-||503||503||Portugal (3), England (103), Spain (311), Italy (81), Saudi Arabia (5)|
|7||Lionel Messi||Argentina||2004-||491||491||Spain (474), France (17)|
|8||Roberto Dinamite||Brazil||1971-1992||192||284||476||Carioca (284), Brazil (190), Spain (2)|
|9||Fernando Peyroteo||Portugal||1937-1949||332||132||464||Portugal (332), Lisbon (132)|
|10||Uwe Seeler||Germany||1954-1978||180||267||447||Oberliga Nord (267), Germany (178), Republic of Ireland (2)|
|11||Eusébio||Portugal||1957-1978||422||422||Mozambique (77), Portugal (320), USA (NASL, 24), Mexico (1)|
|12||Imre Schlosser||Hungary||1905-1928||417||417||Hungary (411), Austria (6)|
|13||Gyula Zsengellér||Hungary||1935-1952||416||416||Hungary (387), Italy (6), Colombia (23)|
|14||Jimmy McGrory||Scotland||1922-1937||409||409||Scotland (409)|
|15||Gerd Müller||Germany||1964-1981||405||405||Germany (365), USA (NASL, 40)|
|16||Zico||Brazil||1971-1994||161||239||400||Carioca (239), Brazil (135), Italy (22), Japan (14)|