The World Cup has hosted some of the greatest scorers in football history over the years.
Players from all over the world dream of scoring on the biggest stage in the game and a number of superstars are hoping to move up the overall standings during the 2022 competition.
It’s hard for anyone to fix the all-time record this year, but who are the players with the most outside shot?
The all-time top scorer in the history of the Men’s World Cup in Miroslav Klose. The former Germany international scored 16 goals in 24 appearances in four tournaments, overtaking former number one Ronaldo in 2014.
The Brazilian has scored 15 goals in 19 games to rank second in the world rankings, while legends Gerd Müller, Just Fontaine and Pele make up the top five.
- Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 16 goals in 24 matches
- Ronaldo (Brazil) – 15 goals in 19 matches
- Gerd Müller (West Germany) – 14 goals in 13 matches
- Just Fontaine (France) – 13 goals in six matches
- Pele (Brazil) – 12 goals in 14 matches
Neymar was Brazil’s great hope in 2014 and he achieved it, scoring four goals to finish the tournament on home soil becoming joint third top scorer behind Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie.
His dreams of glory in that tournament were prematurely shattered by injury before Selecao were humiliated 7-1 by Germany. The Paris Saint-Germain striker scored two more goals in 2018, although his exaggerated runs and screams as he feigned injury caught the eye a little more.
England were not heavily favored at the 2018 World Cup but six goals scored by Harry Kane put the Three Lions on their way to the semi-finals where they were knocked out by Croatia.
Tottenham striker Kane scored twice in the dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia before netting a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory over Panama. A penalty kick against Colombia brought his total tally to six.
He may be without a club at the moment, but Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking for a major World Cup this year to bring him closer to Klose’s record – for the sake of his ego, if nothing else.
He currently sits with seven goals, having appeared in four World Cups including his debut in 2006. His most famous moment came in 2018, when Portugal’s hat-trick salvaged a draw with Spain, although the Selecao didn’t enjoy a good run. the international stage since their victory at the 2016 European Championship.
Lionel Messi became the youngest ever goalscorer for Argentina at the World Cup in 2006 when he scored 18 years and 357 days against Serbia and Montenegro. Since then, Messi and the World Cup have not gone hand in hand.
He failed to score at all in 2010 before delivering his best World Cup campaign to date in 2014 in Brazil, scoring four goals in the group stage as Argentina reached the final – however, Messi was unable to lead his team to victory in the final. . Germany emerged victorious.
One goal came in a chaotic 2018 season before he smashed a penalty to start the 2022 World Cup strong, even if Argentina were the victims of a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Argentina.
Luis Suarez is a great if not a bit controversial player who is likely to play in the 2022 World Cup, having made his debut in the tournament in 2010.
The former Liverpool and Barcelona striker scored three goals as Uruguay finished third in South Africa – although he is most vividly remembered for his handball antics against Ghana – before destroying England’s fortunes in 2014 with a brace in a 2-1 win. He later bit Giorgio Chiellini and was banned for nine international matches.
Those two more goals in 2018 brought his total to seven.
The best player to ever come close to the record is Germany legend Thomas Müller. The Bayern Munich striker burst onto the scene in 2010 as Die Mannschaft reached the semi-finals before Joachim Loew’s side won the tournament four years later.
Müller scored ten goals in these two tournaments. He also played in Russia in 2018, but did not contribute to Germany’s group stage exit during their title defense.