In today’s video, we are counting down the top goal scorers of the World Cup. A quick note before we begin; if two players scored the same number of goals, then we placed the player who has a higher goal average per game, above the other.
Now, as we got that out of the way, let’s start with number 7. One of the two players with 11 goals, Jürgen Klinsmann takes the 7th spot. He played in 17 games averaging 0.65 goals per game. Klinsmann was Germany’s major scoring threat in 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
At number 6, there is the legendary Hungarian footballer Sándor Koçiş (Kocsis). Like Klinsmann he also scored 11 goals, but he ranks higher on this list, as he managed to do it in just 5 games in 1954 World Cup. His scoring average per game was a whopping 2.20, a feat hard to repeat.
Number 5 is Pele, the Brazilian who by most people is regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. Playing 14 games, across four world cups, 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970, Pele averaged 0.86 goals per game, scoring 12 goals.
Number 4 on the list is the French, Just Fontaine, scoring 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup alone and doing it in just 6 appearances, averaging 2.17 goals per game. Fontaine still holds the record for most goals scored by a player in a single world cup.
Number 3 on the list is Gerd Müller, the German goal scoring machine, who scored 14 goals in 13 games. Müller, who appeared in 1970 and 1974 world cups for West Germany is one of the most prolific goal scorers of German football. Although his world cup average per game, which is 1.08 is nothing to brag about, he held the record for most goals scored in a calendar year for 40 years, with 85 goals he scored in 1972, until it was broken by Lionel Messi with 86 goals in 2012.
Number 2 is the original, Brazilian Ronaldo, in other words: il fenomeno. Ronaldo scored 15 goals in 19 games, averaging 0.79 goals per game. He was in the Brazilian squad in 1994, but didn’t get any playing time. He was a key player in their 1998, 2002 and 2006 campaigns.
At the top of the list, is Miroslav Klose. Talent wise he is no better than any other player on this list, but just like in any other field, he is a living proof of the importance of professionalism and consistency in football, and even sports in general. He scored 16 goals playing in 24 games in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 world cups, averaging 0.67 goals per game. Even though his average per game is lower than most players on this list, his long world cup career, made him the top goal scorer of FIFA World Cup history.
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