The most incredible goalscorers in the history of football

Erling Hallan’s debut in “Manchester City” turned out to be incredible – in eight matches for the “townsmen” he scored twelve goals. At the same time, it was possible to score both in the Premier League and in the Champions League. At Misty Albion, things are going incredibly well for Hallan. In his first game, Erling scored a double, followed by two hat tricks. At the same time, no matter where the Norwegian plays, his ability to score goals can only be envied. Be it Borussia Dortmund or Red Bull Salzburg, Holan has shown his goalscoring qualities everywhere. As of mid-September 2022, the striker has scored 147 goals in 191 games. A similar result gave us a reason to remember, and who else in world history has similar statistics?

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It is important to note that Halan is only 22 years old. That means he still has nearly a decade of high-level play ahead of him, and maybe more if the Norwegian sticks to strict discipline. When analyzing the number of goals, it should be noted that there are two static federations that keep football statistics: IFFHS and RSSSF. The first (International Federation of Football History and Statistics, IFFHS) counts goals scored only at the top level, the second counts all goals during a player’s career. Undoubtedly, preference is given to IFFHS, but we will not ignore the leaders of the RSSSF Football Statistics Foundation rating.

Leaders of the IFFHS ranking by the number of goals scored

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal, 37 years old) – 860 goals

Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina, 35 years old) – 801 goals

Pele (Brazil, 81 years old) – 762 goals

Romario (Brazil, 56 years old) – 755 goals

Ferenc Puskas (Hungary, died in 2006 at the age of 79) – 729 goals

The top five is simply incredible. And the fact that the first two places are occupied by footballers who can increase their results looks much more incredible. It is clear why they are called aliens. But Messi has a more important goal than scoring as many goals as possible. He longs to become a world champion.

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The number of goals scored by Pele and Ferenc Puskas is more difficult to count. The king of football played from 1957 to 1977, and the Spanish-Hungarian star, whose name bears the award for the best goal, from 1943 to 1966. Naturally, the statistics were at a different level then, but the result remains the result. Between them wedged another famous Brazilian – Romario, who is now a senator of Rio de Janeiro. His disputes with Pele over the number of goals scored are well known, but today they are irrelevant as Ronaldo and Messi have gone far ahead. However, according to the RSSSF, the best scorer in the history of football is Erwin Helmchen from Germany, who scored 987 goals in 577 matches between 1924 and 1951 (1.71 per game!). Cristiano Ronaldo is only fourth in this rating, behind the German, the Czech Josef Bikan (950 goals) and the Englishman Ronnie Rook (931 goals). But they all played in the pre-war era, so judging the exact number of goals is incredibly difficult. Undoubtedly, the results of Halan and another modern forward Kylian Mbappe (229 goals) are still much more modest than the recognized scorers.

But the Norwegian and the French are still too young, and the dynamics of their goals is on par and even exceeds the rate of defeat of the opponent’s goal by Ronaldo and Messi. Therefore, no one will be surprised if in ten years this year’s records will be broken. You just have to want to…

Konstantin Litsin

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