Soccer is a game of 11 players but it takes just one goal by a single player to change the fate of the game. Over the years the soccer fraternity has seen some of the excellent goal scorers who have been well known for breaking records on the field of play in terms of scoring goals.

These players have exceptional talent and are natural goal scorers who are a nightmare for the goalkeepers and the defenders as these players do not have any mercy on them and score in any situation. Here is the list of the top 7 most goals scored by a soccer player. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo – 867 and counting

Most goals scored by a soccer player

Ronaldo is widely considered as one of the greatest footballers who has ever played the game. He won his first Ballon D’or while he was just 23 years old with a record high vote count and from that he had started to create history breaking all the possible records possible in the history of Football. 

He is also well known around the world to stand up for big occasions and deliver the best whenever his team needs him and he is often called the big match player.

Another reason why he is so popular is his work ethic and his dedication to be the best even at this age where he is in his late 30 and is almost reaching his 40 year age mark,  his work ethic has not changed a bit. 

He still thinks he is mentally 20 years old and has maintained the body of a 20 year old where Fitness reports says that he is just 21.  His dedication towards the game and his beast mentality is what made him popular among the youth.

The Portuguese Goat is the most goals scored by a soccer player.

Lionel Messi – 821 and counting

Lionel Messi is a well-known Professional football player who plays as a forward in the Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami and also for the Argentina national football team.

He is also the captain of his Club as well as for the country and is the recent World Cup winner in the year 2022. He has won a record 8 Ballon d’Or which is the highest and is considered as the greatest footballer of all time.

Because of the short stature of Messi, he has a lower center of gravity which he can turn quickly as compared to tall players.

Messi is a great dribbler and he is well known because of his vision and passing ability but whenever the team requires he can switch on his beast mode and score quick goals to seal the victory for his team because of today he has more than 800 goals and as his career continues, the figure keeps on increasing.

Pele – 762

Pele was a well-known Professional football player who hailed from Brazil and was considered as the greatest footballer of all time who played as a forward. During the 20th century, he was named as The most popular athlete and the most successful football player.

In the year 1999, the International Olympic Committee ruled out a list that said that was the greatest footballers and athletes of the last century.

In 2000, Pele was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century. His 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which includes friendlies, is recognized as a Guinness World Record. However, his official goal count was 762 as the goals scored in unofficial games were not considered.

Romario – 755

Romario is at present a Brazilian politician and a former football player who used to play as a striker and represent the Brazilian national football team.

During his playing days he was well known for his clinical finishing ability because of which he had scored about 755 goals in his career with more than 100 goals being scored for three top clubs of his era.

Romario was often considered as one of the greatest players of all time and during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he showed his greatness and went on to win the FIFA Golden Ball as the player of the tournament and in the same area also went on to win the FIFA player of the year award.  In the year 1999 when the list of greatest athletes of the century was announced, Romario was ranked 5th.

Ferenc Puskas – 724

Ferenc Puskas was one of the greatest football players and one of the greatest football managers of all time who hailed from Hungary and was often considered as the greatest player of all time. He was the first-ever international superstar. He was a forward and then attacking midfielder who had scored 85 goals in 84 games for Hungary and 4 games for Spain.

He won the Olympic gold in 1952 and led Hungary to their first-ever World Cup final in 1954. He won three European Cups in 1959, 1960, 1966, ten national championships where five Hungarian and five Spanish Primera División and eight top individual scoring honors. Known as the “Galloping Major”, in 1995, he was recognized as the greatest top-division scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.

Josef Bican – 722

Josef Bican was a well known Austrian – Czech striker who used to play professional football and was considered as one of the greatest strikers in history. He made a record when He scored 427 goals in 221 games for Slavia Prague across his 11-year playing career at the club.

Apart from being a great goal scorer he was also a great assist provider and defenders frequently said in conferences that anticipating his balls were next to impossible as his pinpoint accuracy always got the best of the defenders.

Jimmy Jones – 648

Jimmy Jones was a well known Irish Professional football player who used to play as a forward and till date he has the history of scoring the highest number of goals in the Irish League.

During his Prime he was a beast and in his 20 year long career, he was always feared by defenders and once a rival fan broke his leg which kept him out of football for a year.