Arthur Friedenreich – 1,329 goals:
Surprisingly the man who tops this list is not Pele, but another Brazilian who went by the name Arthur Friedenreich. The Brazilian striker played for an astonishing 26 years from 1909-1935 scoring an absolutely incredible 1,329 goals in his career. He was the Copa America player of the tournament and the golden boot winner in 1919.
However, he never represented Brazil in a World Cup as there was a serious misunderstanding between the Football Leagues of the States of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Nicknamed the ‘Tiger’, he was the game’s first outstanding black player and he had to face many barriers and widespread racism throughout his career.
He played a starring role in Brazil’s 1919 and 1922 Copa America campaign and he was crowned as the “King of football” in Brazil’s 1925 tour of Europe. The late Arthur Friedenreich with 1,329 goals is the greatest goalscorer in football history.
Pele – 1,281 goals:
In the 1958 World Cup, a 17 year and 239-day old Brazilian striker emerged as probably the greatest prodigy of all time.With his pace, effortless grace, immense poise, impressive power and most importantly supreme intelligence, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, fondly known as Pele, is probably one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Winning three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970, the only player in the world to achieve such a feat Pele has also scored a whopping 1281 goals in 1363 games. The striker who made the world believe in this game through his game, a player who brought a whole nation together, surely it is difficult to have found someone who has done it better than the legend Pele.Pele never played in Europe, spending the majority of his career at childhood club Santos. He spent a couple of seasons at New York Cosmos before calling time on his stunning career.
Josef Bican – 805 goals:
The player with a most incredible goals to game ratio of 1.52, Josef Bican was the season’s highest scorer in Europe on five separate occasions. Bican had the ability to play with both feet; he also had considerable pace and was able to run 100 metres in 10.8 seconds, which was as fast as many sprinters of the time.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) awarded Bican the “Golden Ball” as the greatest goalscorer of the last century.Bican is best known for his time with Rapid Vienna and Slavia Prague.
He is the only person in the history of the game to score 7 goals in a game on three different occasions. His goalscoring exploits with Vienna and Prague are scarcely believable.In 49 games for Vienna he scored 52 times while with Prague, he played 217 times scoring an astonishing 395 goals. With 805 goals in his career, the tall, handsome and speedy Austrian is the third highest goalscorer in the history of the game.
Romario – 743 goals:
In a long and successful career which spanned for close to 24 years, Romario cemented his legacy as one of the greatest goal scorers to ever play the game. The Brazilian is best remembered for his times at PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona.
Blessed with supreme dribbling skills and finishing, Romario’s laid back manner and supreme self-confidence made him one of the most dangerous forwards of all time. He scored 165 goals in 167 games for PSV and he also scored a very impressive 39 goals in his two seasons at Barcelona.In a nomadic career where he played for clubs like Flamengo, Vasco Da Gama, PSV, Barcelona and Valencia, Romario scored an amazing 688 goals in his 886 appearances.
He also scored 55 goals for Brazil and with 743 goals in his career, Romario is the fourth greatest goal scorer of all time.
Gerd Muller – 711 goals:
Gerd Müller is the most lethal finisher in the history of football. The German was not one to show fancy footwork or waste his time doing some eye-catching stepovers. What he did do was score goals and he scored everytime he played.Müller’s statistics are truly astonishing.
He has scored an amazing 711 goals for club and country and he even held the record for the most goals in a calendar year before it was broken by Lionel Messi. Müller scored 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich, almost 100 goals more than the second most successful Bundesliga scorer, Klaus Fischer.
Famous football author David Winner best epitomized Muller’s game when he said:“He never fitted the conventional idea of a great footballer, but he had lethal acceleration over short distances, a remarkable aerial game, and uncanny goalscoring instincts. His short legs gave him a strangely low center of gravity, so he could turn quickly and with perfect balance in spaces and at speeds that would cause other players to fall over. He also had a knack of scoring in unlikely situations.”Muller is quite simply the best finisher in football history.
Ferenc Puskas – 700 goals:
Blessed with a thunderous left foot and superb positioning skills, Ferenc Puskas is easily one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He was the lynchpin of the all-conquering “Magical Magyars” and led the Hungary team to unprecedented success.
During the second half of his career, Puskas formed a deadly combination with the great Alfredo Di Stefano during his stint at Real Madrid as they the duo tore up defences and guided the Los Blancos to five straight league titles and three European Cups. The legendary Hungarian striker was La Liga’s top scorer for 4 seasons in a row. His phenomenal goal scoring prowess can be seen from the fact that he scored an astonishing 616 goals in 620 appearances for his club sides.
He is also Hungary’s record scorer having scored 84 times in 85 appearances. With 700 goals in his amazing career, Puskas is the sixth highest goalscorer of all time.
Eusebio – 621 Goalseusebio:
Statistics in football are often overrated, but 621 goals in 637 appearances, makes the Portuguese ‘black panther’ Eusebio one of the greatest goalscorers of all time. For many, including the great Pele, Eusebio was the undisputed king of football.
That he had a god given talent, was clear to everyone who was fortunate enough to watch him play. Blessed with an athletic physique and an incredible eye for goal, Eusebio is best remembered for his time with Benfica, where he won a European Cup and 11 Premiere Ligas.
In 440 matches for the Portuguese giants, he scored an incredible 473 times and he is still considered by many to be the greatest Portuguese footballer of all time.Eusebio won various personal accolades in those years, winning the Ballon d’Or in 1965 and coming second the following year where he lost to Bobby Charlton by a single vote. In 1968, he was awarded the Golden Boot for most number of goals in Europe, and achieved that feat again five years later.
‘The black panther’ definitely one of the greatest strikers to ever play the beautiful game.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 593 goals:
One of the two standout players of this generation, Cristiano Ronaldo is easily one of the greatest players of all time. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then world record fee of £80 million and he has been worth every single penny so far. Ever since his move to Real Madrid, his goalscoring exploits have been simply mind boggling. In 389 appearances, Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 399 goals and has been at the forefront of Real Madrid’s two Champions League triumphs in the last 3 years. He was also prolific with Manchester United where he scored 118 times in 292 games. Ronaldo has now scored an incredible 522 goals for his club sides making him the greatest goalscorer among the current footballers.
With 71 goals for Portugal, he is their all-time record goalscorer. He has scored a total of 593 goals in his career, and if he continues his incredible goalscoring exploits, he is sure to be ranked much higher than #9 by the time his career is over.
Ferenc Deak – 576 goals:
With 576 goals recorded for club and country, legendary Hungarian footballer Ferenc Deak takes the #8 position on this list. Deak was a supreme goalscorer who had an astonishing 1.15 goals to game ratio throughout his career.He played for several clubs in his active career which includes Szentlrinci SE, Ferencváros and Budapesti Dózsa.
He also represented the Hungary national team 20 times where he netted a phenomenal 29 goals.For his astonishing goalscoring efforts, Ferenc Deak was named the Hungarian footballer of the year in 1946. The second world war prevented Deak from playing more for Hungary, otherwise, this legendary goalscorer might have well been higher up on this list.
Lionel Messi – 571 goals:
The only footballer ever to win the Ballon d’Or five times, Lionel Messi is an absolute phenomenon. The diminutive Argentine has been Barcelona’s main man since 2008 and has put in some spell bounding performances for both Barcelona and Argentina. The Argentine maestro who is still only 29 has scored an incredible 513 goals in 621 matches for the Catalan giants. A player who has defined a generation along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi is definitely one of the greatest footballers of all time. Also, Messi is the highest scorer for his national side as well with 58 goals in 117 appearances. One of only two active players on this list, Messi’s position will definitely be much closer to the top when he calls time on his illustrious career.
Vieira to Arsenal fans: Sacking Unai Emery won’t solve problems
Patrick Vieira has urged Arsenal fans to “get behind” Unai Emery and says a change of manager will not fix the club’s problems.
The Gunners have slipped eight points adrift of the top-four after winning just one of their last six Premier League fixtures.
The dismal run under former PSG and Sevilla boss Emery has sparked speculation over his future, less than 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger in the Emirates hot-seat, reports metro.co.uk.
But Gunners legend Vieira has backed Emery to turn things around at Arsenal and urged his former club to be patient.
“It’s true Arsenal are going through a tough spell,” the former Arsenal captain said. “But I haven’t watched all their matches, so I can’t talk about their game.
“They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it’s important to be united.
“I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell. We have to get behind him and give him time to change things.
“I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems.”
Gary Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender, also believes Emery deserves more time at Arsenal.
He told Sky Sports: “Arsenal are what they are. They’re a frustration. Emery is being put under big pressure.
“I know that Emery is a great coach and following on from Arsene Wenger was never going to be easy. Great coaches will come into Arsenal and struggle to change things there.
“We’ve seen that at Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson left. Ferguson and Wenger were the leaders at those clubs. It’s going to take time and there needs to be patience shown at Arsenal.
“Manchester United and Arsenal are both big clubs, huge clubs, and they will get back, the cycle will turn.”
Messi’ll stay for another five years – Barca president
Barcelona’s President Josep Maria Bartomeu has predicted that Lionel Messi will remain as club “leader” for another five years.
Due to a release clause in his contract, Messi is able to end his long-term association with the Catalan giants in the summer.
However, Bartomeu feels that the 32-year-old, who netted another hat-trick for the Spanish giants at the weekend, has the characteristics to stay at Camp Nou until at least 2024.
Bartomeu is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying, “Surely it will be the wish of all parties, if he feels strong and ambitious, to extend this contract indefinitely.
“Ultimately it is he who must decide. He has earned the right to decide when he will stop playing football. But like he said a few weeks ago, he wants to finish his playing career at Barcelona.
“Over the next two or three seasons, our leader will continue to be Leo Messi. There’s no doubt that he is still young, still strong. He is still ambitious. So Leo Messi will still play with us for the next two, three, four or five years. I have no doubts about that.”
Messi has previously been linked with a return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys.
United players organise Dubai training camp
Several Manchester United players have organised their own training camp in Dubai during the forthcoming international break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given players not on international duty some time off and a group have taken it on themselves to organise the trip, taking a couple of members of United’s coaching staff with them to lead sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,reports Skysports.
Some of the squad will remain in Manchester and train at Carrington during the break, so whether it’s the wind and rain of the Aon Training Complex or the blue skies of Dubai, the idea is to build on the industry of the last international break, which resulted in a spirited performance against league leaders Liverpool.
Dubai has become an important base for United this season with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw all undergoing fitness and rehab programmes there in recent weeks.
Arsenal insist Unai Emery is ‘the right man for the job’
Arsenal have given Unai Emery a public vote of confidence, backing him to turn their fortunes around but adding a clear caveat that the team’s form must improve.
Emery’s position has come under scrutiny after a turbulent start to the season that has brought a run of one win in six Premier League games. They are eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and nine short of Leicester, who beat them 2-0 on Saturday and sit in second place.
There is an appetite at boardroom level to give Emery, who replaced Arsène Wenger in May 2018, significantly more time but concern is growing that Arsenal risk falling well out of the running for Champions League qualification and it is unlikely the slide would be allowed to continue indefinitely, reports The Guardian.
On Monday the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, and the managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, told a meeting of 200 club staff at the Emirates Stadium that the manager retains their faith.
“We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season. We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect,” read a precis of their comments, circulated by the club and issued in both men’s names.
“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.”
The implication is that Emery, who spent Monday at a UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon, must get a tune out of his players soon if the club’s tone is not to shift. Successive matches against the bottom two, Southampton and Norwich, after the international break offer scope for at least a short-term upturn, as did an improved first hour at the King Power Stadium. But the atmosphere among fans is tense and those at the meeting, which was planned and not a reaction to recent events, also heard an appeal for unity.
“We never take our fantastic support for granted,” the statement attributed to Sanllehi and Venkatesham said. “We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.”
Those words could be interpreted as an appeal directed towards, among others, the fans who jeered Granit Xhaka off the pitch during last month’s draw with Crystal Palace.
Xhaka’s reaction led to a chain of events that have included the midfielder being stripped of the captaincy and effectively declaring himself unavailable to play. He has largely kept his counsel since but told the newspaper Blick, in his native Switzerland, that he is now happy to come back.
“I feel that the incident has been dealt with and I’m ready to return,” Xhaka said. He also made clear his views on the reaction inside the stadium that led him to gesture and swear towards the crowd. “It was very hurtful and frustrating,” he continued. “I can’t understand a reaction like it even now, especially the vehemence of it and the extreme hostility directed against me.
“If the team and I don’t play well, we have to listen and work on it. But insulting and swearing at your own captain will cause upset and a bad atmosphere for the team you are actually supposed to be supporting. That makes no sense to me and weakens the team’s spirit.
“Let’s face it, we’re talking about football and a captaincy. I know that means the world to a lot of people here in London. But we’re at a point now where I have to say clearly that we ought to take stock and make sure things are not getting completely out of hand.”
Xhaka will spend the next week with Switzerland, who face Georgia and Gibraltar. On his return Emery, who last week suggested the midfielder might not play for Arsenal again, will have to decide whether his reintegration is a realistic prospect.
It’s make-or-break for U-23 team
…as Amapakabo gets Okechukwu, Awoniyi boost for Zambia
After a disappointing 1-0 defeat suffered against Cote d’Ivoire in the opening match of the ongoing U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the Nigerian U-23 team players are sentenced to win their second group match today against Zambia.
The competition also serves as the qualifier for the football event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a win is required for the team to bounce back on track in the race for the three tickets to the games.
On the other hand, a draw could place the country’s chances on a cliff hanger while another defeat will send the team out of the competition and out of the contest for a berth at the Tokyo Games football event.
Already, Coach Imama Amapakabo has received boosts for Tuesday’s battle with the arrivals in camp of team captain Azubuike Okechukwu and star forward Taiwo Awoniyi.
The absence of the duo was greatly felt in the opening game of Group B that the defending champions lost by the odd goal to Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday, and Amapakabo is confident their arrival will spur his squad to a better performance against the Zambians.
“I am happy we now have Awoniyi and our captain, Azubuike. They are integral to the team and were influential in our qualifying matches. We will throw everything into the game against Zambia because we have left ourselves no choice at this point.
“I believe we have the team to not only overcome Zambia but go all the way in the tournament. We stumbled against the Ivorians but we have learnt from that and we now look forward to rescuing our campaign against the Zambians and South Africans.”
Former U-17 World Cup winner Awoniyi, who plays for FSV Mainz 05 in the German top division, landed in Cairo late on Sunday, while Turkey-based Okechukwu, who also captained the Class of 2015 and to the gold medal in Senegal, arrived in the early hours of Monday.
Okechukwu’s midfield partnership with Kelechi Nwakali was impactful in the handsome home wins over Libya and Sudan in the qualifying series, while Awoniyi got the important opener and also created chances in the defeat of Sudan that landed the Olympic Eagles in Egypt.
Nigeria take on Zambia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Tuesday in a game they must pick up the maximum points to return to contention for a place in the semifinals of the competition, ahead of their clash with South Africa on Tuesday.
Only the top three finishers at the U-23 AFCON will qualify to fly Africa’s flag at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo, Japan next year.
Sports Minister to adopt 8-year-old boxer, Shekinah
Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has pledged to adopt an eight-year-old Nigerian female boxer, Shekinah, after watching the youngster displaying her talent at a championship in Lagos.
Dare stated this while posting a video of the female boxer named Shekinah training with her coach. In the video posted by Mr Sunday Dare, it can be seen how hard the coach of the girl was training her and she was also responding in a superb fashion.
Dare on his Twitter handle explained that he has spoken with Shekinah’s father in Lagos on how she can help her develop her talent.
Dare also made it clear that he has spoken with the coach of the young female boxer Sulaiman with the option of getting her adopted.
The minister said: “Amazing stuff, brilliant boxing. The gold is in the child. I spoke with her father, Quadri in Lagos and her Coach Sulaiman ‘Energy’ to find out about her. We will follow up on her and get her adopted.’
Since Sunday Dare replaced Solomon Dalung as Sports Minister , he has demonstrated many times how ready he is to take Nigerian Sports to a great height.
He has also made it clear that his major focus is not on football but all the Sporting activities in Nigeria.
AFCON qualifiers: Eagles’ camp bubbles as 14 players train in Uyo
- Chukwueze, Aribo, seven others to arrive today
The Super Eagles’ camp in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State came alive on Monday as 14 players including captain Ahmed Musa trained ahead of Wednesday’s African Cup of Nations qualifying match against benin Republic slated for Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Wednesday.
The Media Director of the Nigeria Football federation Ademola Olajire said in a press statement that that apart from Musa, goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Maduka Okoye, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, midfielders Alex Iwobi, Ramon Azeez and Wilfred Ndidi, and forwards Samuel Kalu and Victor Osimhen were the other players who trained on the grounds of the Ibom Meridien Hotel and Resort on Monday evening.
Olajire also revealed that nine other players wetre being expected on Tuesday morning are defenders William Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Mikel Agu and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis.
Coach Gernot Rohr will have the full complement of his squad in training when they file out for the evening session at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
Meanwhile, Rohr has called up Enyimba FC defence stalwart Ifeanyi Anaemena as replacement for Bryan Idowu.
The NFF said Idowu pulled out of the AFCON qualifiers because he was yet to retrieve his international passport which he submitted for renewal and the document is not ready for him to travel to Nigeria for the encounter.
Anaemena was impressive for the Eagles B in their 2020 African Nations Championship qualifier against Togo at the Agege Stadium last month, and has also been a key player for Enyimba, two –time CAF Champions League winners, as they reached the group phase of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup competition.
Pinnick gives Rohr conditions for contract renewal
…says coach must stay in Nigeria, monitor league for talents
The Nigeria Football Federation has said it is opened to renewing the contract of Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr if the German tactician was ready to accept a new condition of service.
There have been insinuations the NFF is not ready to renew the coach’s contract when it expires next June but President Amaju Pinnick has downplayed that saying they are opened to continue working with Rohr only if the German will agree to new clauses that would be inserted into a contract they are about to table before the German.
Pinnick said Rohr must be ready to stay and work in Nigeria instead of living in France and saunter into the country only when the Eagles have engagements.
He said the coach must also be ready to watch league games so as to discover talents that will eventually make the grade for the national team.
“He needs to move around, watch some of the league games. We are not saying take a player from here and bring him to the Super Eagles immediately,” he said in a live interview with Channels Television on Monday morning.
“Rohr’s contract is due for renewal in June and we don’t have any issue with him at the moment,” Pinnick stated in a live interview with Channels Television on Monday morning.
”Contracts are classified documents . What we are going to do is strengthen the clauses in his contract. We are going to domesticate Gernot Rohr in Nigeria and domesticate him to our leagues, that’s just it.”
Delta Principals’ Cup: Zenith Bank boosts last four teams with new kits
Sponsors of the ongoing Principals Cup Football Competition for secondary schools in Delta State, Zenith Bank, has boosted the morale of the semifinalists in the 2019 edition of the competition.
The semifinals of the developmental tournament take place on Wednesday in two different centres in the state.
The last four teams – Zappa Secondary School, Asaba from Oshimili South LG, Destiny Secondary School from Ughelli North LG, College of Commerce from Warri South LG and Okotie-Eboh Government School from the Sapele LG- are to get new set of Zenith Bank branded jerseys. Twenty pairs of quality boots were given to all the teams in the last eight stage.
Head of the Technical Committee of the competition, Lucky Sunday, said the gesture was not a new thing.
Sunday said: “We did the same thing in the quarterfinal and also in the opening ceremony. Twenty pairs of boots and 20 jerseys were given to each of the teams that took part in the opening ceremony. We will do the same for the two teams that will qualify for the final.
“Zenith Bank and Delta State Government have been wonderful to these young lads. They are all eager to play and win. For us, the motive is to make these players get used to the proper way of getting involved in football in all aspects.”
The semifinal pairings will see Zappa at war with Destiny secondary school at the Kwale Township Stadium while the encounter between College of Commerce and Okoti-Eboh Government school will take place at the Ughelli Township Stadium.
The two matches take place simultaneously at 2pm on Wednesday.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education in Delta State, Chief Patrick Ukah, expressed delight over the progress of the competition
“I am happy about the general operations of the competition and this is because we have capable hands in all areas in the Local Organising Committee,” Ukah said.
The competition, revived three years ago courtesy of a partnership arrangement between the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration and Zenith Bank, started in September with over 850 registered schools.
The final of the competition is scheduled to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on November 21.
D’Tigress players storm Maputo
D’Tigress camp came alive on Sunday as players and coaches reported to their base in Maputo for the 2020 pre Olympics qualifiers coming up in Mozambique between November 14 to 17.
The team comprising of returnee, Atosu Upe, 2019 Afrobasket Most Valuable Player Ezinne Kalu, Promise Anumakara, Atonye Nyingifa, Sarah Imovbioh and Evelyn Akhator were received by the coaching crew led by Otis Hughley.
Elo Edeferioka who was called up by Otis to replace Elizabeth Balogun who could not make the pre-qualifiers has also reported to Maputo.
Others who reported to camp include Jasmine Nwajei, Adaora Elonu, Aisha Balarabe, Ify Ibekwe, Victoria Macaulay and Pallas Kunnayi-Akpannah who may be making her debut for Nigeria if selected in the final 12-man roaster.
Nigeria is grouped alongside Host- Mozambique and DR Congo in Group A while Senegal will compete against Angola and Mali in Group B.
The team will have its first training session on Monday ahead the event starting on Thursday, 13th of November.
According to FIBA, three teams from Africa will join 14 other teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas to fight for the 10 slots on offer at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
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