PlayOn99 News made a list of the 100 active footballers with the most goals in the world. We explain who the first 20 are and meet the lucky ones who complete this successful list – Playon99 News
100 Active Footballers with the most goals:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo:
The Portuguese star reached 803 on December 30, 2021 when he scored with the Manchester United shirt against Burnley for the Premier League.
At 36 years old and after scoring for Real Madrid, with whom he was registered as the top scorer in history, Juventus, Sporting Lisboa and the Portugal national team, the forward strives daily to be active until he is ¡40!
2. Lionel Messi:
If we talk about Cristiano, we had to complete the famous duel that the 21st century gave us with the 34-year-old Argentine.
La Pulga scored 758 goals in his career with the jerseys of Barcelona, where he is the top scorer in his history, Argentina and -although with some drought that we try to explain in PlayOn99 News- Paris Saint-Germain.
Lionel Messi 2010/11 was a ?????-???? pic.twitter.com/m2Qvtn9TFd
— Messi Arena (@MessiArena) January 15, 2022
The Polish striker reached 591 goals in his career with the shirts of Poland, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Lech Poznan and Znicz Pruszkow, with which he was a top scorer in the Polish first and second division.
This year he came in third place achieving nothing less than the Golden Boot in Europe.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
The Swede is 40 years old, but he does not stop scoring goals and this year he reached 572 playing a few minutes with the Milan shirt.
In addition, he excelled at Inter, Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United, Ajax, Molde, Los Angeles Galaxy and PSG, the club with which he scored most of his goals.
- Luis Suarez:
The Uruguayan striker is remembered for biting Chiellini during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the 512 goals he scored with the shirts of Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Ajax, Groningen and Nacional de Uruguay are more important.
Lucho is the top scorer in the history of the Uruguayan National Team with 63 goals, he has been Pichichi of LaLiga in Spain at 34 years old.
- Ali Ashfaq:
The first unknown on the list is the one born in Maldives, currently at Club Valencia in his country and passing through Minerva Punjab in India, among others.
At 36 years old and with 455 goals, the striker has been the top scorer in tournaments nine times and in 2013 he was the second top scorer of the year only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Most of his career was developed in his country and he only went on sale -in addition to India- to DPMM FC of Brunei and PDRM FA of Malaysia.
?? Happy Birthday to the pride of the Maldives, Ali Ashfaq ??
— #AFCCup2022 (@AFCCup) September 6, 2021
Uruguay is the only country that has two players in the Top Ten thanks to the striker who currently plays for Manchester United and reached 425 goals at the age of 34.
During his stay in Paris Saint-Germain, he became the top scorer in his history and also wore the jerseys of Napoli, Palermo and Danubio of Uruguay.
- Karim Benzema:
The Real Madrid Cat has 419 wearing only the white shirt and Olympique Lyon, but he played against him being out of the French National Team for so many years.
Many say that he is one of the best strikers in history and, at 34 years old and with 4 Champions Leagues, he remains the leader of Real Madrid.
The Brazilian striker who wore his country’s jersey at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was present in the historic 7-1 loss to Germany has scored 419 goals.
At 38 years old, he wears the Fluminense shirt, where his last goal was in November against Internacional, and he also played for Cruzeiro, Atlético Mineiro, América Mineiro and Olympique Lyon, his only experience outside of Brazil.
- Dejan Damjanovic:
Another unknown and off the radar is the 40-year-old striker born in Mostar, Bosnia, but nationalized by Montenegro who has 384 goals.
He has an extensive football career in Serbia wearing the jersey of small teams, but good numbers and titles at FC Seoul in South Korea and another time in China, although he currently plays for Kitchee in Hong Kong.
— GOAL (@goal) June 28, 2021
The 41-year-old Brazilian striker is a special case because he is free and without a team, but he did not confirm his retirement from football.
With 379 goals, his last team was Coritiba and he went through Atlético Mineiro, Santos, Al Wasl, Al-Jazira, Sao Paulo, Real Betis, Real Zaragoza, Milan, Valencia and Portuguesa de Brasil.
The ’10’ of Paris Saint-Germain is the only player under 30 years old (29) and has the figure of 378 goals in his career.
The Brazilian crack only played in Santos, Barcelona and PSG, where he arrived as a figure of the team, but he has been missing in recent months.
- Edin Dzeko:
The striker born in Bosnia-Herzegovina is the second on the list with Yugoslav descent and reached 373 goals.
At 35, he seems to have found a place at Inter to rejuvenate himself and leave behind his footsteps in Rome, Manchester City, Wolfsburg, Teplice, Usti nad Labem and Zeljeznicar in his country.
- Esteban Paredes:
First Chilean on the list and quite unknown to those who do not delve into South American tournaments, where the 41-year-old striker recorded 364 goals.
He was the top scorer in the Chilean tournament six times and currently plays for Coquimbo Unido de Chile, but he had important steps for Colo Colo, Santiago Morning, Cobreloa, Unión de Concepción and Puerto Montt.
The only time he went abroad was to the tournament in Mexico, where he played in Pachuca, Atlante and Querétaro, coming out as a top scorer in a tournament.
OTD 4 years ago, Colo-Colo crushed la U by 4-1. Esteban Paredes scored a hat-trick.
In his last goal he literally took the blue team for a walk…
Epic superclasico. pic.twitter.com/HGlmGFZqPo
— Colo-Colo in English (@CaciqueENG) August 27, 2021
Another South American, but this time from Paraguay, the striker nicknamed Tacuara who scored 359 goals in his career and today is 38 years old.
He currently plays for Libertad in his country and had great strides for Benfica, Olympiakos and Newell’s from Argentina.
With the Paraguayan National Team he went down in history by scoring the winning goal in the round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but in the quarterfinals, he shot a penalty against Spain that was saved by Iker Casillas.
Brazil closes its participation in the first 20 with the striker who today plays for Atlético Mineiro and has scored 352 goals in 35 years.
The striker with the nickname of a superhero had a memorable stint at Porto and Zenit, but spent several years under the radar at Shanghai Port in China.
- Gonzalo Higuain:
El Pipita has 350 goals in his career, having passed 100 in teams like Real Madrid and Napoli.
At 34 years old, the French-born and nationalized Argentine striker left River Plate and currently plays for Inter Miami, after passing through Milan, Chelsea and Juventus.
- Humberto Suazo:
Interestingly, Chile has two names on the list adding to Chupete with 350 goals.
The 40-year-old striker plays for the Expansión de los Rayados team, part of Monterrey, Mexico, and had memorable steps for Colo Colo, Zaragoza and the national team of his country.
- Eran Zahavi:
The Israeli is probably the last of the unknowns in the top 20 with 344 career goals from him at 34 years old.
He currently plays for PSV Eindhoven and has played for Guangzhou City, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Palermo, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 27, 2020
Radamel Falcao Garcia:
El Tigre de Santamarta is the Colombian striker with the best career thanks to the 337 goals throughout his career.
At 35 years old, he put on the Rayo Vallecano shirt, with which he has already scored goals, he left the youth teams of River Plate in Argentina and had stepped through Atlético Madrid, Porto, Manchester United, Chelsea, Monaco, and Galatasaray.
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- Bafétimbi Gomis 335 (36)
- Alvaro Saborío 330 (39)
- Romelu Lukaku 327 (28)
- Nemanja Nikolic 327 (34)
- Sebastián Tagliabúe 325 (36)
- Jermain Defoe 325 (39)
- Baghdad Bounedjah 323 (30)
- Carlos Tevez 322 (37)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 327 (32)
- Martin Kamburov 313 (41)
- Burak Yilmaz 303 (36)
- Marcus Berg 301 (35)
- José Alfredo Castillo 301 (38)
- Nicolás Muñoz 300 (40)
- Harry Kane 297 (28)
- José Sand 297 (41)
- Claudiu Keserü 296 (35)
- André-Pierre Gignac 296 (36)
- Rubén Castro 295 (40)
- Williams Reyes 295 (45)
- Olivier Giroud 286 (35)
- Carlos Saucedo 286 (42)
- Carlos Bacca 285 (35)
- Roberto Soldado 282 (36)
- Roque Santa Cruz 282 (40)
- Paolo Guerrero 281 (38)
- Thomas Müller 280 (32)
- Dayro Moreno 279 (36)
- Robinho 278 (37)
- Youssef El-Arabi 276 (34)
- Kazu Miura 271 (54)
- Antoine Griezmann 270 (30)
- Charlie Austin 270 (32)
- Mohamed Salah 268 (29)
- Brasil Nené 268 (40)
- Peter Utaka 267 (37)
- Ali Mabkhout 264 (31)
- Dries Mertens 264 (34)
- Álvaro Negredo 263 (36)
- Asamoah Gyan 263 (36)
- Yuri De Souza 263 (39)
- Ciro Immobile 261 (31)
- Rodrigo Tabata 261 (41)
- Kinshasa Dieumerci Mbokani 260 (36)
- Sunil Chhetri 260 (37)
- Luis Tejada 259 (39)
- Yoshito Okubo 257 (39)
- Adam Le Fondre 256 (35)
- Billy Sharp 256 (35)
- Klaemint Olsen 255 (31)
- Abderrazak Hamdallah 255 (31)
- Santiago Salcedo 255 (40)
- Lukas Podolski 254 (36)
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- Daniel Frahn 252 (34)
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- Diego Tardelli 250 (36)
- Lisandro López 250 (38)
- Rodrigo Palacio 247 (39)
- Jorge Molina 245 (39)
- Michael Mifsud 243 (40)
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- Danny Rowe 241 (32)
- Fabio Quagliarella 241 (38)
- Dani Güiza 241 (41)
- Franceso Tavano 241 (42)
- Leigh Griffiths 240 (31)
- Alexis Sánchez 240 (33)
- Gary Hooper 240 (33)
- Mike Wunderlich 240 (35)
- Guillaume Hoarau 238 (37)
- Chicharito Hernández 237 (31)
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- Fabian Klos 234 (34)
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