Virtually all the great football stars that the football world has known have experienced one or more World Cups. For many players, a football World Cup has ensured that they have really broken through in the international football world, resulting in the necessary high-profile transfers. One player stood out for his vital defensive work, while the other excelled at scoring goals.
Well-known top scorers World Cup
At one World Cup, the tournament’s top scorer came as a surprise, when you could have already imagined in advance that this player would become the top scorer. Some of the big names who have ever been top scorers in a World Cup are Garrincha, Mario Kempes, Gerd Müller, Gary Lineker, Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose and Paolo Rossi. Just Fontaine scored the most goals at a World Cup: no fewer than thirteen. During the 1962 FIFA World Cup, the tournament’s top scorers scored just four goals; however, six players achieved this number.
All-time World Cup top scorers
Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the all-time World Cup scorer. In total, the goal thief made no fewer than sixteen hits for the German National team. The top five all-time goalscorers of the FIFA World Cup are as follows:
Klose – 16 goals
Ronaldo (BR) – 15 goals
Muller – 14 goals
Fontaine – 13 goals
Pele – 12 goals
Klinsmann, Kocsis – 11 goals