Lionel Messi surpasses Pele: A look at top 5 goal-scorers in football

 | Updated: Dec 09, 2021, 03:02 PM IST

Recently, Messi surpassed the goal tally of Brazilian legend Pele during PSG vs Club Brugge in a Champions League match. Messi, at 34, is one of the greats of the game but still is a lot behind the highest goal-scorer in the world.

A look at all-time top 5 highest goal-scorers in the world of football: 

Josef Bican

Josef Bican was born on September 25, 1913, i.e., 108 years ago. In his career from 1931 to 1955, he is said to have scored 805 goals. 

Bican played for Slavia Praha from 1937 to 1948. Till he retired in 1955, he playayed for  FC Vitkovice, FC Hradec Kralove, and Dynamo Praha.


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, in a recent Premier League match for Manchester United against Arsenal, entered the 800-goal club recently.

Ronaldo has played for clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. 

Ronaldo has five Ballons d'Or, four Golden Shoes, 32 major trophies, seven domestic league titles, five Champions Leagues, a European Championship, and a Nations League, and is still going strong.



Romario, a Brazilian legend scored 772 goals in his illustrious career from 1985 to 2007.

Romario was a key figure in Brazil's World Cup victory in 1994, winning the Golden Ball for being the tournament's best player.



Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, who recently won his seventh Ballon d'Or recently, has 758 goals to his name and is in the form of his life. 

Messi, who has been with Barcelona all his life but now plays for Paris Saint Germain (PSG). 

After winning the seventh Ballon d'Or, Messi said that he has never tried to be 'the best'.



Pele, the three-time World Cup winner and one of the best players of all time, has scored 757 goals in the 831 appearances.

Though, Pele claims to have scored more than 1,000 times in his career. His goal-ratio is far greater than either Ronaldo or Messi.