Various rankings have been done to name the players with most goals in history. Unfortunately, many football fans mistakenly attribute this record to Pele who is not even second on the list. The record is actually held by a lesser known player named Josef Bican. Photo: Courtesy
1. Josef Bican
He played football between 1931 and 1956. He played a total of 918 matches and managed to score 1468 goals.
2. Gerd Muller
He holds the envious second position. He played a total of 1216 matches between 1962-1983. He scored 1461 goals throughout his career.
Pele comes third with a total lot 1389 goals. He played in 1375 matches between 1956-1990.
Other players include Arthur Friedenreich with 1329 goals, Franz Binder with 1006 goals, Romario with 968 goals, Eusebio with 790 goals and Ferenc Puskas with 746 goals.
All players in the list made their debuts in the 80's or earlier. The football calendar back then was more flexible enabling the longevity of players' careers. It is almost impossible for players to survive a 1000 career games in the modern era. Some come close to 1000 games like Giggs and Paolo Maldini. However, it was impossible to maintain Bican's scoring rate which was an unbelievable 1.6 goals per game.
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