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Sunday, 8 June 2014

World Cup Series: Top 5

It's only a few days before the 2014 World Cup kicks off with hosts Brazil in their opening match against Croatia, in order to get us all in the mood we're launching our World Cup Series! This means every day until the 12th of June there will be a WC top 5 list posted...and what better way to launch this than with the competitions all time TOP GOALSCORERS!

1. Ronaldo - 15 goals

Ronaldo played 19 games in his World Cup career which gives him a goal average of 0.79. He starred in the competition in 1998, 2002 and 2006. In 2002 he won the Golden Shoe with 8 goals, remarkable considering his appearance in these finals marked his return from injury. He suffered from a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee in April 2000 which prevented him from featuring in any of the qualifiers. He retired in 2011 following an illustrious career (seriously we'd need a whole post to name his achievements) and is one of the ambassadors of this years World Cup in Brazil. 

     2.  Gerd Müller - 14 goals

Gerd appeared for Germany in the 1970 World Cup and the following in 1974. He played a total of 13 games resulting in a goal average of 1.08. He is considered one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, and until beaten by Lionel Messi in 2012, held the record for most goals scored in a calendar year with 85. He began his career at TSV 1861 Nordlingen, who renamed their stadium in his honour in 2008, before spending a successful 15 years at Bayern Munich notching up 398 goals. In 2014 at the age of 68 he remains involved with football as assistant manager of Bayern Munich II.

3. Miroslav Klose - 14 goals

Klose is our second German in the list and the only member who is still active. He also scored 14 goals featuring in 2002, 2006 and most recently 2010 starring in 19 matches and giving him a goal average of 0.74. He played for both Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and signed for Serie A side Lazio in 2011. He is all time top scorer for the German national side, with 69 goals in 132 appearances. He is confirmed in the German squad for this years world cup, which means 2 goals could move him to the top of the list!

4. Just Fontaine - 13 goals

 Perhaps the most remarkable on the list, Just Fontaine managed to grab 4th place with only one appearance in the 1958 World Cup for France. He scored 13 goals in 6 games which gives him an impressive goal average of 2.17. His club career saw him score 122 goals in 6 seasons for Ligue 1 side Stade Reims reaching the European cup final in 1959 against Real Madrid. A recurring injury forced him to retire at 28, in 1962. Since then he has managed a handful of both national and club sides including PSG, Morroco and even France (despite being replaced after only 2 games).

5. Pelé - 12 goals

It wouldn't be a list without Pelé, most successful league goal scorer in the world, and he secures 5th place on the list with a WC goal average of 0.86. He starred in 4 tournaments for Brazil, playing 14 matches and scoring 12 goals. There's not much you can write about Pelé as his reputation speaks for itself. He has won the World Cup 3 times and scored 650 goals in 694 games for both Santos and the New York Cosmos. He retired in 1977 but remains heavily involved with football and is often considered the greatest player of all time.

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