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10 Best Football Strikers of all Time – World of Sports

10 Best Football Strikers of all Time – World of Sports

Football is also known as soccer, and to obtain a goal, a player should dribble, pass and score by using his foot or head, using the hand is prohibited in this kind of sport. Only the goalkeeper is allowed to use his hand and that is for blocking purposes.

Players in the field are only allowed to use their hands when they are about to inbound the ball. Most of us probably find soccer or football boring, but I am telling you that it is not.

Controlling the ball by using the head and feet is hard to do, it is far different when using a hand to pass or dribble.

Also, unlike other sports that you can make lots of goals, a football game may end having the both teams scoreless that is why even a single goal is very beneficial in every game.

But to obtain goals, a team should have strikers who are capable of passing through their opponents and skilled in making goals in any direction.

Listed below are the most prolific strikers of all time, be amazed on how many scores they can do during the peak of their careers.


Romario

ROMARIO

Personal information   
Full nameRomário de Souza Faria
Date of birth29 January 1966 (age 49)
Place of birthRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1979–1980Olaria
1981–1985Vasco da Gama
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1985–1988Vasco da Gama4717
1988–1993PSV Eindhoven10796
1993–1995Barcelona4634
1995–1996Flamengo198
1996–1997Valencia115
1997→ Flamengo (loan)43
1998–1999Flamengo3926
2000–2002Vasco da Gama4641
2002–2004Fluminense6034
2003→ Al Sadd (loan)30
2005–2006Vasco da Gama3122
2006Miami FC2519
2006Adelaide United41
2007Vasco da Gama63
2009America (RJ)00
Total448309
National teamApps(Gls)
1987–2005Brazil7055
Teams managed
2007–2008Vasco da Gama

This Brazilian footballer after his retirement becomes not only as a manager but also a politician as well. Romario de Souza Faria, known as a clinical striker and a deadly finisher when goes one-on-one against a goalkeeper.

He is a prolific scorer that’s why he is included on the list of few strikers who managed to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals and he is also the second most productive scorer in football history.

He made his 1,000th goal via a penalty kick against Sport Recife on May 20, 2007, he was playing for Vasco da Gama that time.

On his official retirement announcement he said these words, “Officially I’m not playing any more. I’ve stopped,” he said. “My time is up. Everything has been a lot of fun.”


Arthur Friedenreich

ARTHUR FRIEDENREICH

Personal information   
Date of birthJuly 18, 1892
Place of birthSão Paulo ,  Brazil
Date of deathSeptember 6, 1969 (aged 77)
Place of deathSão Paulo ,  Brazil
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1909Germânia
1910Ypiranga
1911SC Germania
1912Mackenzie College
1913–1915Ypiranga
1916Paulistano
1917Ypiranga
1918–1929Paulistano
1930–1933São Paulo
1933Atlético Mineiro
1933–1935São Paulo
1935Flamengo
Totalunknown1329
National team
1914-1925Brazil2310

‘The Tiger’, was a Brazillian footballer who started his career because of his father’s influence. His father played for SC Germania, a team composed of German immigrants and he also joined the same team in 1909.

Friedenreich’s first debut as a national player was on 1914 but in 1930, he was not chosen to play in the World Cup by Brazil due to a serious misunderstanding between two football leagues, namely States of Rio de janeiro and Sao Paulo.


Fernando Peyroteo

FERNANDO PEYROTEO

Personal information   
Full nameFernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos
Date of birth10 March 1918
Place of birthHumpata, Angola
Date of death28 November 1978 (aged 60)
Place of deathLisbon, Portugal
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
AC Moçâmedes
1934–1936Liceu Diogo Cão
1936–1937Sporting Luanda
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1937–1949Sporting CP197329
Total197329
National team
1938–1949Portugal2014
Teams managed
1961Portugal

His full name is Fernando Baptista de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos (such a long name, huh) and he is a Portuguese footballer, a striker who scored thirty four (34) goals in the 14 games he played on his first year in Sporting Club de Portugal.

Peyroteo is considered as the best player in the history of football with a high goals-per-game ratio.

He scored nine (9) goals against Leca F.C.

and scored eight (8) goals against Boavista FC. Unfortunately, one of his legs gets amputated after it brought complications after his surgery.


Gerd Muller

GERD MULLER

Personal information   
Full nameGerhard Müller
Date of birth3 November 1945 (age 70)
Place of birthNördlingen ,  Allied-occupied Germany
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1960–19631861 Nördlingen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1963–19641861 Nördlingen3151
1964–1979Bayern Munich453398
1979–1981Fort Lauderdale Strikers7138
Total555487
National team
1966West Germany U2311
1966–1974West Germany6268
Teams managed
1992–Bayern Munich II (Assistant manager)

Currently, Gerhard “Gerd” Muller is the eleventh all time international game scorers even though the number of matches he had was very few compared to the others included in the list.

He has several nicknames such as ‘Bomber der Nation’, ‘Der Bomber’ and another one give to him by his first coach in Bayern Munich, his coach gave him the nickname ‘kleines dickes Muller’ which means short fat Muller.

Gerd holds the record for the highest all-time goal-scoring record in the 1970 World Cup tournament, he managed to score 14 goals.

The record was never beaten for thirty two (32) years until Ronaldo, a Brazilian player made a new record in the 2006 World Cup.


Marco Van Basten

MARCO VAN BASTEN

Personal information   
Full nameMarcel van Basten
Date of birth31 October 1964 (age 51)
Place of birthUtrecht ,  Netherlands
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current teamNetherlands (assistant manager)
Youth career
1970–1971EDO
1971–1980UVV
1980–1981USV Elinkwijk
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1981–1987Ajax133128
1987–1995Milan14790
Total280218
National team
1981Netherlands U211513
1983–1992Netherlands5824
Teams managed
2003–2004Jong Ajax
2004–2008Netherlands
2008–2009Ajax
2012–2014Heerenveen
2014AZ
2014–2015AZ (assistant manager)
2015–Netherlands (assistant manager)

If Marco Van Basten was not forced to retire because of his injury, he might be one of the top scorers in football history. But still he is considered as one of the best strikers of all time.

As a striker, Marco managed to score 277 goals in his whole career, but due to the circumstances, the last game he played with team Milan was in 1993, he was only 28 years old when he got a serious ankle injury.

The ankle injury he had recurred when his team faced A. C. Ancona, then he undergo another surgery. Marco Van Basten’s last game was when they faced Marseille, unfortunately they lost.

After retiring he became as an assistant to his former teammate John van’t Schip, but before he entered any team management, he stated that he would never try managing a team, but he changed his mind though.


Eusebio

EUSEBIO

Personal information   
Full nameEusébio da Silva Ferreira
Date of birthJanuary 25, 1942
Place of birthLourenço Marques ,  Mozambique
Date of death5 January 2014 (aged 71)
Place of deathLisbon, Portugal
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1957–1960Sporting de Lourenço Marques4277
1960–1975Benfica301317
1975Boston Minutemen72
1975Monterrey101
1975–1976Toronto Metros-Croatia2116
1976Beira-Mar123
1976–1977Las Vegas Quicksilvers172
1977–1978União de Tomar123
1978–1979New Jersey Americans92
Total431423
National team
1961–1973Portugal6441

He was nicknamed as ‘The Black Panther’ during his career.

This Mozambican-born Portuguese footballer’s full name is Eusebio de Silva Ferreira and during his career, he managed to score 733 goals in 745 matches.

In 1966, he became as the top scorer in the World Cup tournament by obtaining nine (9) goals and the Bronze Ball was awarded to him.

In his 22 years of playing football he played most of his career at Benfica, he played in the team for fifteen (15) years.


Diego Maradona

DIEGO MARADONA

Personal information   
Full nameDiego Armando Maradona Franco
Date of birth30 October 1960 (age 55)
Place of birthLanús ,  Buenos Aires , Argentina
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Second striker
Youth career
1968–1969Estrella Roja
1970–1974Los Cebollitas
1975–1976Argentinos Juniors
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1976–1981Argentinos Juniors166116
1981–1982Boca Juniors4028
1982–1984Barcelona3622
1984–1991Napoli18881
1992–1993Sevilla265
1993–1994Newell's Old Boys50
1995–1997Boca Juniors307
Total491259
National team
1977–1979Argentina U202413
1977–1994Argentina9134
Teams managed
1994Mandiyú de Corrientes
1995Racing Club
2008–2010Argentina
2011–2012Al Wasl

Diego Armando Maradona Franco is an Argentine footballer who is hailed as the FIFA Player of the 20th Century, he joint Pele on the list.

This attacking midfielder was the only footballer who had set world-record contract fee, not only once but twice! The first one is when he transferred to Barcelona, the contract fee that time was £5m and the second world-record fee is £6.9m and he obtained when he transferred to Napoli.

His controversial goal called ‘Hand of God’ goal and the second goal where he past five players where he dribbled 60m before he made the goal was voted in 2002 as ‘The Goal of the Century’.

Maradona has this trademark move, he gave accurate passes to his team mate but he’ll be dribbling from the right wing and once he is about to reach the opponent’s goal line he will make the pass.


Ronaldo

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima

Personal information   
Full nameRonaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
Date of birth18 September 1976 (age 39)
Place of birthRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1990–1993São Cristóvão
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1993–1994Cruzeiro1412
1994–1996PSV4642
1996–1997Barcelona3734
1997–2002Inter Milan6849
2002–2007Real Madrid12783
2007–2008Milan209
2009–2011Corinthians3118
Total343247
National team
1993Brazil U1775
1996Brazil U2386
1994–2011Brazil9862

Ronaldo’s full name is Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, is titled as ‘The Phenomenon’ during his football career. During the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Ronaldo was feared once he got the soccer ball, he is described as an unstoppable striker, making goals from any position.

Ronaldo was also a Brazilian footballer who has excelled in the numbers of goals scored in every team he played with. He also holds the record for having the most goals at the World Cup, he scored his 15th World Cup goal in 2006.

Speaking of teams he played at, Ronaldo became a member of Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Corinthians.


Ferenc Puskas

FERENC PUSKAS

Personal information   
Date of birth2 April 1927
Place of birthBudapest ,  Hungary
Date of death17 November 2006 (aged 79)
Place of deathBudapest, Hungary
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1943–1955Budapest Honvéd341352
1958–1966Real Madrid180156
Total521508
National team
1945–1956Hungary8584
1961–1962Spain40
Teams managed
1967San Francisco Golden Gate Gales
1968Vancouver Royals
1968–1969Deportivo Alavés
1970–1974Panathinaikos
1975Real Murcia
1975–1976Colo-Colo
1976–1977Saudi Arabia
1978–1979AEK Athens
1979–1982Al-Masry
1985–1986Sol de América
1986–1989Cerro Porteño
1989–1992South Melbourne Hellas
1993Hungary

In terms of ratio of games played and scored, Ferenc Puskas, a Hungarian player seems to have the closest to Pele’s. In 529 matches he played, he scored 514 goals in Hungarian and Spanish leagues.

Also, in 1952, team Hungary managed to bring home the gold medal at the Olympics and also obtained a final place in the FIFA World Cup in 1954, Puskas was team captain back then and in 85 international matches played, he scored 84 times.

After retirement, Puskas became a coach and managed several teams such as Panathinaikos and other teams in Europe, Asia, Australia and America.


Pele

PELE

BornEdson Arantes do Nascimento  
23 October 1940 (age 75)
Três Corações, Brazil
OccupationFootballer (retired)
humanitarian
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi (m. 1966–82)
Assíria Lemos Seixas (m. 1994–2008)
Marcia Aoki (m. 2014)
Partner(s)Xuxa (1981–86)
Children3 sons, 3 daughters
Parent(s)Dondinho, Celeste Arantes
Association football career
Playing positionForward
Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1953–1956Bauru
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1956–1974Santos638619
1975–1977New York Cosmos5631
Total694650
National team
1957–1971Brazil9177

Pele whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento is a retired Brazilian footballer and is considered as the best striker of all time.

He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games and this statistics has not been beaten by any player until now. Pele is also titled as ‘The Black Pearl’, The King of Football or The King Pele during his time.

‘The King’ can score using his head even though he is not a tall player and also the tricky bicycle kick, he managed to score several of his goals with these techniques but these are not his trump card.

Pele can score goals with any of his legs, with this ability combined with speed, accuracy, power and ball control, guarding or marking him seems to be very tough. With 22 years of football career, Pele holds the Guinness World Records for “Most Career Goals in Football” and “Most World Cup Winners’ Medals”.

His last international match was in July 1971 against the Yugoslavia team.





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