Most goals ever scored at the World Cup

Most goals ever scored at the World Cup

One of the greatest career accomplishments for a football player is scoring a goal at the World Cup.

Each goal has a special place in World Cup history, whether it is a scuffed attempt from six yards out or a breathtaking volley from thirty.

But which player or nation has ever scored the most goals in a single World Cup or other international events?

Germany’s Miroslav Klose presently holds the record for most goals scored in the history of the tournament after participating in four separate World Cup tournaments.

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In total, the deadly striker scored 16 goals, averaging 0.67 per game, across the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 championships.

In part thanks to Klose’s scoring prowess, Germany won the trophy in 2014 with his assistance. The European nation placed third twice in 2006 and 2010, and second in 2002 in the other three tournaments in which he competed.

List of players with 10 or more World Cup goals 

Player Nation Goals Tournaments
Miroslav Klose Germany 16 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Ronaldo  Brazil 15 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Gerd Muller Germany 14 1970, 1974
Just Fontaine France 13 1958
Pele Brazil 12 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11 1954
Jurgen Klinsmann Germany 11 1990, 1994, 1998
Helmut Rahn Germany 10 1954, 1958
Gary Linekar England 10 1986, 1990
Gabriel Batistuta Argentina 10 1994, 1998, 2002
Teofilo Cubillas Peru 10 1970, 1974, 1982
Thomas Muller Germany 10  2010, 2014, 2018
Grzegorz Lato Poland 10 1974, 1978, 1982

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