ALL TIME RANKING - LIONEL MESSI LEADER


All-time ranking for most opening goals in the World Cup qualification

We publish for the first time the all-time ranking for players who opened the score in most games of World Cup qualifying stages.
Lionel Messi who did it for Argentina in the recent game vs Ecuador (1-0) - Picture - increased his leadership in the ranking having now 14 opening goals.
Ex-record holder Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala) takes the second position with 12.  


 MOST       OPENINGGOALSINWORLD CUP  QUALIFYING   STAGES
     
 PlayerCountryGoalsBy editions
     
1Lionel Messi Argentina142010(3), 2014(3), 2018(3), 2022(4), 2026(1) 
2Carlos Ruiz Guatemala122002(3), 2006(5), 2010(0), 2014(2), 2018(2)
3Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine111998(3), 2002(3), 2006(3), 2010(2)
 Alexander FreiSwitzerland112002(3), 2006(4), 2010(4)
 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal112006(3), 2010(0), 2014(2), 2018(5), 2022(1) 
 Luis Su├írez Uruguay112010(3), 2014(5), 2018(0), 2022(3)