All Time Highest International Goal Scorers | Ronaldo Ahead Of Messi

All Time Highest International Goal ScorersThe eternal rivalry and the battle for supremacy between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue unabated. The Portuguese and Real Madrid forward is a long way ahead of Messi in the list of all time highest International goal scorers. However, the Madeira born forward has to do with the 12th position in the all time highest international goal scorers. Who else amongst past and current footballers have a place in this list? Relax and watch as we bring you the all time highest international goal scorers.

It will be surprising for you to find out that the highest International goal scorer is not Pele, neither is it Diego Maradona. No. Rather, it is Ali Daei, an Iran former player. He is the clear highest scorer with 109 goals while the nearest is Ferenc Puskas, the Hungarian and Real Madrid legend (84 goals). Let us quickly bring you the list of all time highest international goal scorers.

All Time Highest International Goal Scorers (Top 20)

Rank Player Country Goals Appearance Goals Per Match
1 Ali Daei  Iran 109 149 0.73
2 Ferenc Puskas  Hungary 84 85 0.99
3 Kunishige Kamamoto  Japan 80 84 0.95
4 Godfrey Chitalu  Zambia 79 111 0.71
5 Hussein Saeed  Iraq 78 137 0.57
6 Pelé  Brazil 77 91 0.85
7 Bashar Abdullah  Kuwait 75 133 0.56
=8 Kinnah Phiri  Malawi 71 115 0.62
=8 Majed Abdullah  Saudi Arabia 71 116 0.61
=8 Kiatisuk Senamuang  Thailand 71 134 0.53
=8 Miroslav Klose  Germany 71 137 0.52
=12 Stern John  Trinidad and Tobago 70 115 0.61
=12 Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal 70 137 0.51
=13 Carlos Ruiz  Guatemala 68 132 0.52
=13 Robbie Keane  Republic of Ireland 68 146 0.46
=13 Hossam Hassan  Egypt 68 178 0.38
17 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 65 104 0.63
18 Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden 62 116 0.53
19 David Villa  Spain 59 97 0.61
20 Lionel Messi  Argentina 58 117 0.50

Note: This list is not an all-time top international goal scorers list, as some country’s second-top scorer could have scored more than another country’s top scorer. It lists only the top scorer for each country.

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From the table above, Lionel Messi is on the 20th position having scored 58 career goals from 117 games. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo is comfortably placed at 12 with 70 goals from 137 appearances. In this list of the al time highest international goal scorers, while Ferenc Puskas is second on the list, he has the highest scoring consistency with 0.99 goals per match. The difference between Ronaldo and Messi isn’t great. While Ronaldo has 0.51 goals per match, Messi scores 0.50 goals per match.

All Time Highest International Goal ScorersFrom 1st down to 12 have all retired while some are dead. Ali Daei’s position is not threatened and will remain so for long. However, Ronaldo has just 14 goals to catch up with Puskas on the all time highest international goal scorer. Can he do it? Only time will tell. However, we must not rule out the reigning World Best Player. He has a way of surprising his critcics.

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