All Time Records Of World Cup Goals Need to Know
One of the greatest career accomplishments for a football player is scoring a goal at the World Cup.
Which country has scored the most goals overall at the World Cup?
It probably won’t come as a surprise that Brazil is the top scorer in World Cup history given that they continue to be the only international football side in history to have taken part in each World Cup to this point.
A Seleço has scored 229 goals in tournament play overall, dating back to Preguinho’s first goal in a 2-1 loss to Yugoslavia in July 1930 and Renato Augusto’s most recent goal in a 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal loss to Belgium.
Ronaldo, a great striker for Brazil, has the record for most goals scored at a World Cup finals with 15 goals in three different tournaments (1998, 2002, and 2006).
Germany holds the dubious distinction of allowing the most goals in World Cup history at the other end of the field. Die Mannschaft has conceded 125 goals overall through 19 competitions up to this point.
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Who of the World Cup players has scored the most goals in a single tournament?
Just Fontaine of France, one of the greatest finishers in football history, now holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup.
The legendary attacker from Reims and Nice scored an astounding 13 goals in the one and only World Cup contested in Sweden in 1958.
His scoring streak began with an infamous hat trick in a 7-3 rout of Paraguay in his country’s opening group stage game and ended with a 5-2 loss to Brazil in the semifinals.
More astonishingly, Fontaine only participated in the 1958 World Cup, the final year of the illustrious tournament, having left the game at the age of just 28.
Which nation has the most goals scored in a single World Cup competition?
There were an astounding 5.38 goals scored on average per game during the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, making it one of the most exciting tournaments to date.
As a result, Hungary’s barely credible 27 goals in just five matches set the record for the most goals scored in a single tournament by a country during that edition.
The European team began their campaign with a commanding 9-0 triumph over South Korea, and in their next match, they defeated West Germany 8-3. Following victories over Brazil and Uruguay, Ferenc Puskás and company advanced to the championship game but, sadly, fell short to West Germany 3-2.
South Korea made 16 concessions in the 1954 World Cup, which is a record for any nation in a single competition. Even worse, because of the outdated rules of the contest, the Asian nation only participated twice!
How many goals have been scored overall at World Cup competitions?
In the 900 games played throughout the 21 previous FIFA World Cups, 2548 goals were scored. That translates to an average of 2.83 strikes per game over the competition’s history.
The most goals were scored in both the 1998 and 2014 World Cups, totaling 171 strikes as football fans around the world continued to be entertained nonstop.
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