The World Cup All-Time Top Scorer

Tom A. Foster
September 5, 2022
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The World Cup All-Time Top Scorer

In this article, we will look at the all-time World Cup top scorer. He is Miroslav Josef Klose, a German professional football manager and former player. He is currently the head coach of Austrian Bundesliga club Rheindorf Altach. Klose is the all-time top scorer for Germany and holds the record for most goals scored in FIFA World Cups.

Just Fontaine

Just Fontaine scored 13 goals for France in 1958, more than any other player in World Cup history. This makes him the World Cup’s top scorer of all time. Just Fontaine is only the fourth player to score as many goals at the World Cup – Ronaldo and Gerd Muller are tied for the lead with 20 goals. Fontaine also holds the record for the most goals scored in a single tournament with 13 – and he did it in six matches.

Just Fontaine’s incredible World Cup performances were memorable. In 1958, he scored thirteen goals in six matches for France. He also scored a hat trick against West Germany. While his record is not perfect, he remains the highest scorer in a single World Cup.

Gerd Muller

Gerd Müller is Germany’s top scorer in the World Cup. He scored an average of 1.41 goals per game during his career. He has won three World Cups and a European Championship, and has played for Bayern Munich for sixteen years. He has also been a prolific scorer for his country, scoring 68 goals in 62 appearances.

Müller was the top scorer for Germany for 40 years, until Miroslav Klose broke his record in 2014, despite having almost double the number of caps. Muller began playing for Germany in 1966 and retired after the 1974 World Cup. He scored the winning goal in the World Cup final in Munich, beating Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands to win the tournament. Müller scored four goals in that tournament and ten in the 1970 World Cup, making him the top scorer at that time.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann is the fifth highest-scoring player in the history of the Germany national team. He scored 47 goals in a decorated decade with the national team, including two World Cup victories. He was a prolific striker who enjoyed success at his hometown club Hamburg. In addition to winning the UEFA Cup with West Germany in 1990, he also won the FIFA World Cup in Rome in 1990.

Klinsmann played for a number of Italian clubs, including Lazio and AC Milan. He later signed with Monaco. In his first season with Monaco, he helped his club rise from fourth to second place in the Ligue 1 in a season. The following season, Marseille were disqualified as the league champions after a bribery scandal, and Monaco were the new Champions League champions. However, Klinsmann had to miss two months with a torn ligament and was mostly deployed as a lone striker. As a result, he became a target for his teammates and was often criticised for his lack of teamwork.

Miroslav Klose

Germany forward Miroslav Klose has now scored more goals in a single World Cup than any other player. The 26-year-old is just six feet tall and possesses a slight build. Despite his slim stature, he has a high number of headers and displays great timing. As a result, he is the World Cup’s all-time top scorer.

Klose has a long history of international success, having played for Germany in the Bundesliga and for Italy. His style of play is more traditional than most players in the modern game. He is a traditional striker, not a target man or false nine. His style of play is box-bound and he is a goal-scoring machine.

Author Tom A. Foster

Tom is a huge sports fan and a semi-professional sports bettor. His favorite teams are the New York Knicks and the Green Bay Packers. These days, he mostly bets on Stake.com and Sportsbet.io. When he's not writing or watching sports, he enjoys hiking.