5. Ferenc Puskás
Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian coach and professional soccer player.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history, Puskás scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, played four international matches for Spain and scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. He became an Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup. He won three European Cups, 10 national championships and eight top individual scoring honors. Twenty six years ago, he was named the greatest top division scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS.
He ended his career with 746 official goals in 754 matches.
He died fifteen years ago in Budapest, Hungary at the age of seventy nine.
Romário de Souza Faria is a Brazilian politician and former soccer player who played for PSV Eindhoven and the Brazil national team as a striker.
A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, having scored over 1,000 goals, he is considered one of the greatest players of all time. Romário was part of the Brazil squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he was awarded the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. Twenty one years ago, Romário came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll, and was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.With 55 goals in 70 international appearances, Romário is the fourth highest goalscorer for the Brazil national team, behind Pelé, Neymar and Ronaldo. He scored 753 official goals during his football career.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, best known simply as Pelé, is a former Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward for Santos and the Brazil national team.
Widely known as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled the greatest by FIFA, Pelé was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century. Twenty one years ago, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the IFFHS, and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century.
Pelé officially scored 757 goals in 812 games. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 games. At club level, he is Santos' all-time top goalscorer with 643 goals from 659 games.
2. Josef Bican
Josef Bican was an Austrian professional footballer who played as a striker for Dynamo Prague and the Austria national team.
Bican scored 759 official goals during his football career, a record Cristiano Ronaldo has just surpassed.
Bican started his professional career at Rapid Vienna ninety years ago. After four years at Rapid, he moved to local rivals Admira Wien. Bican won four league titles during his time in Austria, before moving to Slavia Praha in 1937, where he stayed until 1948, and became the club's all-time top goalscorer. He later played for Dynamo Praha, before his retirement sixty six years ago as the all-time top goalscorer in the Czechoslovak First League with 447 goals.
Bican was a member of the Austrian Wunderteam of the 1930s and played for the nation at the 1934 FIFA World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals. He later switched allegiance to the Czechoslovakia national football team, but a clerical error related to his transfer of national team precluded him from playing in the 1938 FIFA World Cup.
He died twenty years ago in Prague, Czech Republic, at the age of 88.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the Portugal national team.
Widely known as one of the greatest players in the history of football, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d'Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the most number by a European player. He has also won 32 trophies in his professional soccer career such as seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship and one UEFA Nations League.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest goalscorer of all time. This year, he was reported to have broken the record by surpassing Josef Bican when he scored his 760th goal.
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