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The 3 Best Scorers of All Time | Football Facts

The best goal-scorers of all-time form an elite club of the top soccer players. Although there are different counting methods and rankings, a player must have scored at least 500 goals to be considered one of the most successful goal scorers. The top five goal scorers of all time have even scored more than 700 goals. 

Here are the top 3 best goal scorers of all time!

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#1 Josef Bican | Austrian and Czech Champion

The International Organization of Football Historians has awarded Josef Bican as the world’s best goal scorer of the 20th century. Josef “Pepi” Bican was born in Vienna in 1913 and died in Prague in 2001. As a player for Austria and the Czech Republic, he was one of the best strikers of his time, and his 805 goals in 530 games between 1931 and 1955 made him a legend.

That equates to a rate of around one and a half goals per game. This scoring rate even remains if you count all his 918 games and 1,468 goals in total.

Bican was already playing for Rapid Wien in the first division at the age of 17. In 1935 he moved to Admira Vienna and in 1937 to the Czech Republic. Towards the end of his playing career and afterward, Josef Bican also worked as a coach.

#2 Romário | World Footballer of the Year 1994

The legendary Romário de Souza Faria is one of Brazil’s best-known strikers and managed to win the top scorer award in eight competitions during his long career as a professional footballer. Romário has been among the 125 best living footballers since 2004 and received the World Footballer of the Year award in 1994.

Romário de Souza Faria was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1996. His short height earned him the nickname “Baixinho,” the short one, but he is also known for his two-footed game. His career began in 1979 at the junior level and his professional game in 1985 at CR Vasco de Gama. He played 23 years of professional soccer in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Romário scored 55 goals in 70 international matches for the Brazilian national team, making him one of the most successful goal scorers of the “Seleção.”

In 2008, Romário ended his striker career and then went into politics.

#3 Pelé | The King and 3x World Champion

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is also known as the King of Football. The striker was born in 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil, and received numerous awards for his professional career. Including the FIFA Ballon d’Or, the title of Sportsman of the Century, World Footballer of the 20th Century, and World Player of the Century.

Pelé became the top scorer of the Brazilian championship eleven times, scoring 767 goals in official matches. Including all 1,363 matches, he scored a total of 1,281 times. He scored 1,091 goals for FC Santos, with whom he won 26 titles in 17 years.

On November 19, 1969, Pelé scored his 1,000th goal for Santos FC, and Brazilians call the day “O Milésimo” (which means “Thousandth”). The state had placed a transfer ban on him to prevent him from moving abroad.

Pelé won the World Cup three times with the Brazilian national team in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He scored 77 goals in 92 international matches, making him the record scorer for the Brazilian national team and the top scorer in the Copa América in 1959.