FIFA World Cup Statistics – Guiness Top Goal Scorer Record

The 21 FIFA World Cup final tournaments have seen more than 2,000 goals scored. Read to know more about the records holders.

Football is all about scoring goals, and the FIFA World Cup is the biggest international football competition. There will be a break from league football when the world football championship begins in earnest in the middle of November. 

FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer – Pele

From early 1900s players to the present, this list of soccer players with the most career goals span the sport’s history. In today’s games, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo score at a record-breaking clip, but historically, other players have scored at even more astounding rates.


Pele, a Brazilian legend who was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, holds the Guinness World Record for the most goals scored in a specific time frame with 1,281. Between September 7th, 1956, and October 1st, 1977, Pele scored these goals over the course of 1,363 games. Pele played for Santos FC in Brazil, where he scored the majority of his goals, as well as the Brazilian national team and the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.

In addition to being one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award, Pele was selected as the World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). A Guinness World Record has been established for his 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including friendlies.

At age 15 and 16, respectively, Pelé started playing for Santos and the Brazil national team. The only player to do so during his international career, he captured three FIFA World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970. With 77 goals in 92 games, Pelé holds the record for most goals scored by a Brazilian player. With 643 goals from 659 games, he holds the record for most goals scored at Santos as a club.  In the club’s heyday, he guided Santos to the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores as well as the 1962 and 1963 Intercontinental Cup. Pelé is credited with introducing the phrase “The Beautiful Game” to football. His “electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals” made him a global celebrity, and his teams travelled abroad to capitalise on this.

The findings showed that the majority of goals were scored in the second half of the game, while the second half’s opening 15 minutes and its closing minutes saw the most goals given up. In the last two world cups, there has been an increase in the number of goals scored from set plays, despite a downward trend in goals scored during open play. Short passes resulted in more goals than lengthy or mixed passes.

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