The sheer amount of effort and time that goes into scoring 700 career goals is well-represented by the work-rate that some of these names showcased.

For a young aspiring footballer, to break into the general footballing scene in their country isn’t an easy task. The clerical process of becoming a footballer may be different from place to place, but the effort and the hard work that goes into maintaining fitness levels and putting in your maximum on the pitch remains the same.

In Europe, the infrastructure and resources on offer ensure that only the créme de la créme actually end up at professional clubs. There is still a lot of developing and growing to do before anyone becomes a successful footballer. Although, this is the situation in most cases, there’s no denying that some players are destined to be superstars from a young age.

To put things into perspective, let’s take a look at one of England’s most celebrated goalscorers – Alan Shearer. The Englishman plied his services exclusively in the Premier League and over the course of an 18-year career, he only managed to notch up around 420 goals. But, there are a few who did wonders in their life.

Summing it up, this list covers the highest football goalscorers in history:

The 700 Club

Josef Bican – 805 Goals

Some people say that this Czech-Austrian striker was technically much better than the current footballing gods – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and they are not wrong, if his scoring record is anything to go by. A career that spanned across three separate decades of football and went on for 25 years, the Vienna-born forward started playing in 1932 for local club Rapid Vienna.

He constantly recorded excellent scoring seasons and even managed to notch up over 60 goals in two of the campaigns.

Pele – 779 Goals

Pele was born in the quaint Brazilian town of Tres Coracoes – a small distance out of Rio de Janeiro. Nobody would’ve expected him to go on to such greatness when he was a child. Pele has become a household name in the footballing world, as one of the true legends of the game.

Having played out most of his days at boyhood club Santos FC, the Brazilian moved on to New York Cosmos with more than 600 goals. The ones he managed for the Cosmos and the Brazil national team further emphasize his superiority over the rest of his generation.

Highest Football Goalscorers: Pele has won the most number of FIFA World Cups

Romario – 748 Goals

He is one of the many Brazilian legends to have graced the beautiful game. Romario was an exemplary striker during his time and easily one of the deadliest forwards Brazil has produced. The man born in Rio de Janeiro had a long and illustrious club career that saw him travel to at least five different countries.

He enjoyed stints at PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Valencia and even Miami FC towards the end of his career. The talisman maintained an excellent scoring record wherever he went and is currently attempting to work his way into Brazilian politics.

Highest Football Goalscorers: With Romario, Brazil had this deadliest attacking trio

Ferenc Puskas – 746 Goals

This Hungarian striker has been widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game and his numbers certainly back up the shout. Born in Budapest in 1927, Puskas began his playing career at local club Budapest Honved, before being signed by Real Madrid in the summer of 1958.

During the two stints, the prolific Hungarian managed to pick up more than 500 goals for his efforts and was always a regular part of the national side as well. The effect that the striker had on the beautiful game was recognized by FIFA, when they renamed the ‘Best Goal of the Season’ award into the Puskas Award.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 780 Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo also joins this list of elite players as he always been a phenom in attack and his hunger for goals has only increased with age. The Portuguese star is still among the fittest players in the world at 36 years of age. While this is when most players begin to slow down, Ronaldo now looks better than ever.

Scoring goals has never been a problem for the forward wherever he’s been and he managed to pick up the iconic 700th goal of his career through a penalty in Portugal’s 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers. He also managed to become the highest goalscorer in the history of UEFA Euro by scoring a brace against Hungary on June 15, 2021.

Gerd Müller – 735 Goals

Arguably, the greatest player from Germany, Gerd Müller is held in high regard by anyone associated with the game. Having risen to fame while playing for his boyhood club 1861 Nördlingen, he was scouted and signed by Bayern Munich in 1964.

His goalscoring record was the envy of strikers all over the world, as he showed an impeccable consistency that was lacking in most parts of the world at the time.

Highest Football Goalscorers: The greatest German footballer ever

Lionel Messi- 745 Goals

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi was the latest player to join the 700-club after he dispatched a calm and composed panenka past Jan Oblak in a 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid in the current La Liga season. Messi has been a prolific goalscorer right from his youth days and he has carried that panache to the senior level. 

While people may argue that his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo is way ahead of him in this race and have more goals, the FC Barcelona man has reached this milestone despite playing a lot fewer matches. While Messi is still leading the charge for the Catalans it is certain that the 33-year old will break many records in the next few years.

While reaching the 700-club is no joke, the current generation of footballers do seem to have a certain spark about them and saying that breaking these records would be impossible is a completely absurd argument.

**Note: This article was last updated on June 16, 2021.

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