World Cup 2022 top scorer and most goals

The 2022 World Cup top scorer is the footballer who scores the most goals during the tournament in Qatar. In all 21 previous editions, more than 2,000 goals have been scored by more than 1,250 football players.

Since the start of the football tournament in 1930, 97 players have scored five or more goals. These 97 top scorers come from 28 different countries, including 14 players from Brazil and 14 from Germany.

64 top scorers come from Europe, 29 from South America and only 4 footballers come from another continent.

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    There are only six top scorers with an average number of goals of two or more per game. These are Sándor Kocsis (Hungary), Just Fontaine (France), Guillermo Stábile (Argentina), Oleg Salenko (Russia), Josef Hügi (Switzerland) and Ernst Wilimowski (Poland).

    Goals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
    Players >750 >200 >90 >50 34 26 8 7 9 6 2 1 1 1 1 1

    There are 7 players who have scored more than 10 goals in the World Cup, while almost 1,100 footballers have scored less than 5 goals.

    Top scorer World Cup 2022

    The top scorer of the 2022 World Cup has not yet been announced. However, there are already a number of contenders to score the most goals in Qatar.

    These are just the favorites to become the top scorer of the 2022 World Cup:

    • Harry Kane (England)
    • Kylian Mbappe (France)
    • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
    • Karim Benzema (France)
    • Lionel Messi (Argentina)
    • Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
    • Neymar (Brazil)
    • Raheem Sterling (England)
    • Marcus Rashford (England)

    In most cases, the top scorer of the 2022 World Cup is an attacker from a country that has gone far in the tournament. The more matches a player can play, the better his chances of scoring goals.

    # Player Country
    1 Harry Kane England England
    2 Kylian Mbappé France France
    3 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal
    4 Karim Benzema France France
    5 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina
    6 Romelu Lukaku Belgium Belgium
    7 Neymar Brazil Brazil
    8 Raheem Sterling England England
    9 Diogo Jota Portugal Portugal
    10 Jose Vinicius Brazil Brazil
    11 Memphis Depay Netherlands Netherlands
    12 Antoine Griezmann France France
    13 Gebriel Jesus Brazil Brazil
    14 Kai Havertz Germany Germany
    15 Lautaro Martinez Argentina Argentina
    16 Phil Foden England England
    17 Álvaro Morata Spain Spain
    18 Arnaut Danjuma Netherlands Netherlands
    19 Andrade Richarlison Brazil Brazil
    20 Donyell Malen Netherlands Netherlands

    Harry Kane (England), Kylian Mbappe (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Karim Benzema (France) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) have the best chance at the title. Harry Kane is the Englishman in first place according to the bookmakers. Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden are also in the top 20.

    Top scorer World Cup 2022 qualification

    The top scorer of the 2022 World Cup qualification is Ali Mabkhout from the United Arab Emirates with 14 goals. In second place is China's Wu Lei with 12 goals, followed by Canadian Cyle Larin with 12 goals.

    In the European qualifying round, Harry Kane has scored the most goals along with Memphis Depay.

    Player Country Goals
    Memphis Depay Netherlands Netherlands 12
    Harry Kane England England 12
    Eran Zahavi Israel Israel 8
    Robert Lewandowski Poland Poland 8
    Aleksandar Mitrović Serbia Serbia 8
    Antoine Griezmann France France 6
    Moanes Dabour Israel Israel 6
    Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal 6

    During the qualifying series, 800 matches have been played, in which 2,278 goals were scored. This is an average of 2.8 goals per game!

    World Cup top scorers of all time

    Germany's Miroslav Klose is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA World Cup with 16 goals in 24 matches. Ronaldo from Brazil follows with 15 goals in 19 matches and German Gerd Müller completes the top three with 14 goals in 13 games.

    Below is the ranking of all-time World Cup top scorers.

    # Player Country Goals Matches Average Years
    1 Miroslav Klose Germany Germany 16 24 0,67 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
    2 Ronaldo Brazil Brazil 15 19 0,79 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
    3 Gerd Müller Germany Germany 14 13 1,08 1970, 1974
    4 Just Fontaine France France 13 6 2,17 1958
    5 Pelé Brazil Brazil 12 14 0,86 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
    6 Sándor Kocsis Hungary Hungary 11 5 2,20 1954
    6 Jürgen Klinsmann Germany Germany 11 17 0,65 1990, 1994, 1998
    8 Helmut Rahn Germany Germany 10 10 1,00 1954, 1958
    8 Gary Lineker England England 10 12 0,83 1986, 1990
    8 Gabriel Batistuta Argentina Argentina 10 12 0,83 1994, 1998, 2002
    8 Teófilo Cubillas Peru Peru 10 13 0,77 1970, 1978, 1982
    8 Thomas Müller Germany Germany 10 16 0,63 2010, 2014, 2018
    8 Grzegorz Lato Poland Poland 10 20 0,50 1974, 1978, 1982
    14 Eusébio Portugal Portugal 9 6 1,50 1966
    14 Christian Vieri Italy Italy 9 9 1,00 1998, 2002
    14 Vavá Brazil Brazil 9 10 0,90 1958, 1962
    14 David Villa Spain Spain 9 12 0,75 2006, 2010, 2014
    14 Paolo Rossi Italy Italy 9 14 0,64 1978, 1982, 1986
    14 Jairzinho Brazil Brazil 9 16 0,56 1966, 1970, 1974
    14 Roberto Baggio Italy Italy 9 16 0,56 1990, 1994, 1998
    14 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Germany Germany 9 19 0,47 1978, 1982, 1986
    14 Uwe Seeler Germany Germany 9 21 0,43 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
    23 Guillermo Stábile Argentina Argentina 8 4 2,00 1930
    23 Leônidas Brazil Brazil 8 5 1,60 1934, 1938
    23 Ademir Brazil Brazil 8 6 1,33 1950
    23 Óscar Míguez Uruguay Uruguay 8 7 1,14 1950, 1954
    23 Rivaldo Brazil Brazil 8 14 0,57 1998, 2002
    23 Rudi Völler Germany Germany 8 15 0,53 1986, 1990, 1994
    23 Diego Maradona Argentina Argentina 8 21 0,38 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994
    30 Oldřich Nejedlý Czech Republic Czech Republic 7 6 1,17 1934, 1938
    30 Lajos Tichy Hungary Hungary 7 8 0,88 1958, 1962, 1966
    30 Careca Brazil Brazil 7 9 0,78 1986, 1990
    30 Johnny Rep Netherlands Netherlands 7 13 0,54 1974, 1978
    30 Andrzej Szarmach Poland Poland 7 13 0,54 1974, 1978, 1982
    30 Luis Suárez Uruguay Uruguay 7 13 0,54 2010, 2014, 2018
    30 Hans Schäfer Germany Germany 7 15 0,47 1954, 1958, 1962
    30 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal 7 17 0,41 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
    38 Josef Hügi Switzerland Switzerland 6 3 2,00 1954
    38 Oleg Salenko Russia Russia 6 3 2,00 1994
    38 György Sárosi Hungary Hungary 6 5 1,20 1934, 1938
    38 Max Morlock Germany Germany 6 5 1,20 1954
    38 Erich Probst Austria Austria 6 5 1,20 1954
    38 Harry Kane England England 6 6 1,00 2018
    38 Salvatore Schillaci Italy Italy 6 7 0,86 1990
    38 Davor Šuker Croatia Croatia 6 8 0,75 1990, 1998, 2002
    38 James Rodríguez Colombia Colombia 6 8 0,75 2014, 2018
    38 Helmut Haller Germany Germany 6 9 0,67 1962, 1966, 1970
    38 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 10 0,60 1994, 1998
    38 Diego Forlán Uruguay Uruguay 6 10 0,60 2002, 2010, 2014
    38 Neymar Brazil Brazil 6 10 0,60 2014, 2018
    38 Asamoah Gyan Ghana Ghana 6 11 0,55 2006, 2010, 2014
    38 Dennis Bergkamp Netherlands Netherlands 6 12 0,50 1994, 1998
    38 Rob Rensenbrink Netherlands Netherlands 6 13 0,46 1974, 1978
    38 Rivellino Brazil Brazil 6 15 0,40 1970, 1974, 1978
    38 Bebeto Brazil Brazil 6 15 0,40 1990, 1994, 1998
    38 Arjen Robben Netherlands Netherlands 6 15 0,40 2006, 2010, 2014
    38 Zbigniew Boniek Poland Poland 6 16 0,38 1978, 1982, 1986
    38 Thierry Henry France France 6 17 0,35 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010
    38 Wesley Sneijder Netherlands Netherlands 6 17 0,35 2006, 2010, 2014
    38 Robin van Persie Netherlands Netherlands 6 17 0,35 2006, 2010, 2014
    38 Mario Kempes Argentina Argentina 6 18 0,33 1974, 1978, 1982
    38 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina 6 19 0,32 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
    38 Lothar Matthäus Germany Germany 6 25 0,24 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998
    64 Pedro Cea Uruguay Uruguay 5 4 1,25 1930
    64 Silvio Piola Italy Italy 5 4 1,25 1938
    64 Gyula Zsengellér Hungary Hungary 5 4 1,25 1938
    64 Peter McParland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 5 5 1,00 1958
    64 Tomáš Skuhravý Czech Republic Czech Republic 5 5 1,00 1990
    64 Juan Alberto Schiaffino Uruguay Uruguay 5 6 0,83 1950, 1954
    64 Geoff Hurst England England 5 6 0,83 1966, 1970
    64 Jon Dahl Tomasson Denmark Denmark 5 6 0,83 2002, 2010
    64 Alessandro Altobelli Italy Italy 5 7 0,71 1982, 1986
    64 Kennet Andersson Sweden Sweden 5 7 0,71 1994
    64 Fernando Morientes Spain Spain 5 7 0,71 1998, 2002
    64 Romário Brazil Brazil 5 8 0,63 1990, 1994
    64 Marc Wilmots Belgium Belgium 5 8 0,63 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
    64 Mario Mandžukić Croatia Croatia 5 8 0,63 2014, 2018
    64 Valentin Ivanov Russia Russia 5 9 0,56 1958, 1962
    64 Emilio Butragueño Spain Spain 5 9 0,56 1986, 1990
    64 Roger Milla Cameroon Cameroon 5 9 0,56 1982, 1990, 1994
    64 Tim Cahill Australia Australia 5 9 0,56 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
    64 Hans Krankl Austria Austria 5 10 0,50 1978, 1982
    64 Romelu Lukaku Belgium Belgium 5 10 0,50 2014, 2018
    64 Ivan Perišić Croatia Croatia 5 10 0,50 2014, 2018
    64 Raúl Spain Spain 5 11 0,45 1998, 2002, 2006
    64 Garrincha Brazil Brazil 5 12 0,42 1958, 1962, 1966
    64 Johan Neeskens Netherlands Netherlands 5 12 0,42 1974, 1978
    64 Fernando Hierro Spain Spain 5 12 0,42 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
    64 Zinedine Zidane France France 5 12 0,42 1998, 2002, 2006
    64 Landon Donovan United States United States 5 12 0,42 2002, 2006, 2010
    64 Henrik Larsson Sweden Sweden 5 13 0,38 1994, 2002, 2006
    64 Michel Platini France France 5 14 0,36 1978, 1982, 1986
    64 Zico Brazil Brazil 5 14 0,36 1978, 1982, 1986
    64 Gonzalo Higuaín Argentina Argentina 5 14 0,36 2010, 2014, 2018
    64 Edinson Cavani Uruguay Uruguay 5 14 0,36 2010, 2014, 2018
    64 Lukas Podolski Germany Germany 5 15 0,33 2006, 2010, 2014
    64 Franz Beckenbauer Germany Germany 5 18 0,28 1966, 1970, 1974

    Best English top scorers are Gary Lineker (10x), Harry Kane (6x) and Geoff Hurst (5x).

    All-time top scorers per World Cup

    The first top scorer of the World Cup was Guillermo Stábile of Argentina in 1930. The last top scorer of the World Cup was Harry Kane of England in 2018.

    Below is the list of all-time top scorers per World Cup.

    Year Player Country Goals Matches
    1930 Guillermo Stábile Argentina Argentina 8 4
    1934 Oldřich Nejedlý Czech Republic Czech Republic 5 4
    1938 Leônidas Brazil Brazil 7 5
    1950 Ademir Brazil Brazil 8 6
    1954 Sándor Kocsis Hungary Hungary 11 5
    1958 Just Fontaine France France 13 6
    1962 Garrincha Brazil Brazil 4 6
    1962 Vavá Brazil Brazil 4 6
    1962 Leonel Sánchez Chili Chili 4 6
    1962 Flórián Albert Hungary Hungary 4 4
    1962 Valentin Ivanov Russia Russia 4 4
    1962 Dražan Jerković Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4 6
    1966 Eusébio Portugal Portugal 9 6
    1970 Gerd Müller Germany Germany 10 6
    1974 Grzegorz Lato Poland Poland 7 7
    1978 Mario Kempes Argentina Argentina 6 7
    1982 Paolo Rossi Italy Italy 6 7
    1986 Gary Lineker England England 6 5
    1990 Salvatore Schillaci Italy Italy 6 7
    1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Bulgaria 6 7
    1994 Oleg Salenko Russia Russia 6 3
    1998 Davor Šuker Croatia Croatia 6 7
    2002 Ronaldo Brazil Brazil 8 7
    2006 Miroslav Klose Germany Germany 5 7
    2010 Thomas Müller Germany Germany 5 7
    2010 Wesley Sneijder Netherlands Netherlands 5 7
    2010 David Villa Spain Spain 5 7
    2010 Diego Forlán Uruguay Uruguay 5 7
    2014 James Rodríguez Colombia Colombia 6 5
    2018 Harry Kane England England 6 7

    In 1986 Gary Lineker was World Cup top scorer with 6 goals and in 2018 Harry Kane scored the most goals (also 6).

    Published on: 28-10-2021 | Updated on: 22-05-2022 | Author:

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