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The best football strikers ever

In football the striker is the player whose main goal is to score as many goals as possible. There have been many great strikers, but who are the greatest strikers ever?



Pele It is not surprisingly that Pelé is our greatest striker ever, if you only look at his statistics you will see why. The Brazilian scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, a number which hasn't been repeated by any player until today. Pelé scored goals on several ways, always looking for a possibility to shoot on goal. He was a great header although he wasn't the tallest, he scored several bicycle goals but the way he scored most of his goals was with he's great kick, Pelé could shoot very well with both of his legs.


Ferenc Puskás

Ferenc Puskás Hungarian player Puskás was a great striker, he had one of the best shots in football history. This helped him score a lot of goals , he scored 513 goals in 528 matches. As a captain of Hungary Puskas scored 84 times in 85 matches, helping them win a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics, and a place in the final of the 1954 FIFA World Cup.



Ronaldo Ronaldo was the greatest striker of the late '90s and early '00s. In this period he was just unstoppable, he could score from any position at any moment. The Brazilian always scored a lot of goals at any team he played with. At the 2006 World Cup Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal and became record holder of scoring the most goals at World Cups.


Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona Maradona only on four, surprised? No this list is about the best strikers ever and Maradona was more an attacking midfielder, however Maradona was still a great finisher, he could score out of incredible positions, with incredible shots but he also created a scoring change from nowhere by dribbling past defenders like they were not there. It helped him score a lot of goals.



Eusébio Eusébio, nicknamed "The Black Panther" was the first big player born in Africa. He is Benfica´s all-time top scorer with 638 goals in 614 matches. Eusébio impressed with Portugal at the 1966 World Cup where he became top scorer with 9 goals.


Marco van Basten

Marco van Basten Ajax and Milan hero, van Basten was a great striker. He won the European Championship with Holland in 1988, becoming top scorer of the tournament with 5 goals. He was a very talented player but was forced to retire his career early at age 30 due to an ankle injury.


Gerd Müller

Gerd Müller Müller won the World Cup with West-Germany in 1974 , he scored a total of 68 goals in 62 matches for the national team. He was nicknamed "Der Bomber" because of his incredible scoring ability. He scored 401 goals in 441 matches as a striker of Bayern Munich.


Fernando Peyroteo

Fernando Peyroteo Few will have heard about him, but Fernando Peyroteo is the player with the highest goals per game ratio (1.68). Compare this with Pelé who has a ratio of 0.96 goals per game. Peyroteo played as a striker of Sporting during the 40's where he scored 331 goals in 187 games. Although it was a different time without European football, he remains one of the greatest strikers ever.


Arthur Friedenreich

Arthur Friedenreich Friedenreich played even before WWI, from 1909 to 1935. There is not much footage of him but his number of goals is amazing. There is confusion about the exact number, some say he scored 1239 goals in 1329 games, while others suggest it were 1329 goals in 1239 games. Friedenreich was nicknamed "The King of Football" before Pelé took this title.



Romario He is one of the few players that scored more than 1000 goals. He was the striker of Barcelona's dream team during the early 90's that was coached by Johan Cruyff. He won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, winning the golden ball for best player.

annonymous   August 13, 2012 at 11:22 am
ok guys wheres heskey
barca13   August 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm
where da fuk is ronaldinho he is the best player in history in the whole world after pele i would say messi is number 7 6 is beckam 5 is maradona 4 is zidane 3 is ronaldo 2 is ronaldinho and 1 is pele king
Landez   August 3, 2012 at 2:29 am
C.Ronaldo is a left attacking midfielder just to clarrify that for anyone. But I also would have put him in there somewhere if it's just about best finishers.
Ajay   August 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm
ronaldo is the best player ever in the history of football
GS123   July 29, 2012 at 9:31 am
Christiano Ronaldo is not the best :)
Ed K   July 29, 2012 at 1:24 am
@Daniel G Wheres Jimmy Johnstone? Maybe in a list of wingers, this is a list of best strikers, dummy.
Kavi king   July 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo is best player in this world
aditya   July 20, 2012 at 9:47 am
where the hell is klose!?
sazid   July 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm
brazilian king ronaldo
chandraveer   July 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm
cristiano ronaldo is the best
Daniel G   July 14, 2012 at 12:11 am
Wheres jimmy johnstone
ANDREW   July 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm
Jesse   July 8, 2012 at 12:42 am
fernando torres where r u
SAM   July 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm
Pawan   July 4, 2012 at 10:24 am
Messi and Ronaldo Should be there in the list......................
Gobi   July 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm
Cristiano ronaldo the world best player
jackson    July 2, 2012 at 8:43 am
were the hell is messi hes way better than pele
kian   July 1, 2012 at 6:37 am
it surprising!but i don/t think fernando torres should be talked about in this topics
Miraz    June 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm
THE KING OF FOOTBALL - LIONEL MESSI ONLY 25 YREARS OLD, won 21 cups! like - 5 la liga,3 ucl,2 club world cup ,under 20 world cup,olimpic gold model,and copa amarica runer up,he he is currently barcelona,s all time top scorer in all official club competions,he win the 3 balon d or....
tahmid   June 30, 2012 at 11:52 am
THE GREAT MESSI - who is the future great player of football history. he always broken his records. 84 goals in 1 season, which is really impossible!
Mattyy   June 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm
Im sorry but it ludacrus how thiery Henry is not in here and people mention torres your having a laugh ! none of them strikers would get that many goals if they played now obviously pele is number 1 but henry is at least top 4!!!!!
Hannmyhr   June 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Gunnar Nordahl
wai yan lin   June 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm
van nistelrooy is the perfect striker with good intelligent in soccer.
usa    June 23, 2012 at 12:26 am
jorba   June 18, 2012 at 10:30 am
Best Strikers: Bican, Peyroteo, Friedenreich, Ronaldo, Puskas. Best Players: Pele, Zidane, Maradona, DiStefano, Beckenbauer, Messi, NEYMAR!
Johno   June 18, 2012 at 10:08 am
tilly50@45   June 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm
messie and ronaldo havent been playing long enough to be in the top 10
leo   June 7, 2012 at 5:16 am
MR.WHITE   May 18, 2012 at 5:57 am
Sully   May 17, 2012 at 3:10 am
Shearer has to be somewhere in this list. 260 in 441 in THE PREM with Blackburn & Newcastle.
Mike   May 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm
If this is a strikers list, surely Bobby Charlton is one of the greatest.
george   May 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm
@John , yes where is the great Torres from Liverpool.. not at Chelsea.
JOHN   April 22, 2012 at 3:13 am
john   April 22, 2012 at 3:11 am
whereis the great torres
Puraskar   April 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Have u seen how Cristiano Ronaldo Dribbles????
Igor   April 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm
Frane Matošić played 739 games for Hajduk and scored impressive 729 goals,where is he on this list?
Goodfinger   March 27, 2012 at 10:22 am
Where's Torres >=D ?
LEE   January 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Competitive Games Overall Fernando Peyroteo (sporting lisbon) played 187 scored 331 - ratio 1.77!!!! Josef Bican's is 805 goals in 530 games at a ratio 1.52(!) Imre Schlosser played 320 scored (417) 1.30 Fran Binder 242 (267) ratio 1.10 Jimmy McGrory (Celtic league goals) apps 408 scored 410 - ratio 1.04 Best in British History Bernabé Ferreyra 206 goals in 197 games ratio 1.04 Ferenc Puskas' was 754 goals in 746 games at a ratio of 1.01 Pele - 767 goals in 831 games then at a ratio of 0.93 Gerd Muller's was 735 goals in 793 games at a ratio 0f 0.93 Gunnar Nordahl - 485 goals 537 games 0.90 Ratio Eusebio played 380 scored 343 - ratio 0.90 Sandor Kocsis played 335 scored 295 - ratio 0.88 Peter Simpson scored 165 goals in 195 games over 4 years. That's a ratio of 0.85 Justine Fontaine played 200 scored 165 - ratio 0.82 Romario has 772 goals in 994 games at a ratio of 0.77 Van Basten - played 280 scored 218 - ratio 0.77 Mario Jardel - 336 goals 442 games 0.76 Ratio Alfredo di Stefano - 460 goals 622 games 0.74 Ratio Dixie Deans (Celtic) played 184 scored 132 - ratio 0.72 Hugo Sanchez 488 goals in 694 games!!0.70 ratio Jimmy Greaves played 602 scored 422 - ratio 0.70 Ronaldo (brazil) played 483 scored 340 - ratio 0.70 (imagine he never got injured!!) Huntelaar - played 271 scored 179 - ratio 0.66!!!! Jimmy Quinn (Celtic) played 331 scored 216 - ratio -0.65 R. Van Nistelrooy - played 512 scored 324 - ratio 0.63!! Eduardo - played 184 scored 113 - ratio 0.61 Jason Byrne = 0.59 (league of Ireland) Shevchenko scored 187 goals in 325 games, a ratio of 0.57
LEE   January 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm
THIS HAS TO BE THE CORRECT NUMBER 1 Fernando Peyroteo (sporting lisbon) played 187 scored 331 - ratio 1.77!!!!

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