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Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Who has scored most Bundesliga goals? Or in other words, who is the Bundesliga all-time top scorer? You may think of several names and if among them is Gerd Muller as the highest goal scorer in Bundesliga history, we should congratulate you! But, who else is on all-time Bundesliga top scorers list?
Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

The second name that comes to one’s mind when it’s about top Bundesliga scorers of all time is Robert Lewandowski. But did you know that he actually occupies the third place on the list of top goal scorers in Bundesliga, despite more than 200 go­als that he has scored so far?

And just guess who occupies the second place on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time. We don’t let you know by now! However, you can find out who is the second scorer with most Bundesliga goals by yourself if you just scroll down a little bit!

The List of Top Goal Scorers in Bundesliga

As you know, the list of top goal scorers in Bundesliga - actually the players with most Bundesliga goals - starts with Gerd Muller. In this post, we are going to let you know not only about the top German goal scorer but also about other Bundesliga top scorers of all time who come after him on the list and some of them are not even German.

Gerd Muller (365 Goals)

Number one on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time, Gerd Muller is actually known as the highest goal scorer in Bundesliga history with 365 goals he scored for only one club, Bayern Munich, between 1965 and 1979.

Muller actually tops the list of Bundesliga all-time top scorers with a wide margin of almost 100 goals from the second position on the list occupied by the German retired footballer, Klaus Fischer.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

So, with such a wide margin, we can say Muller not only tops the list of highest goal scorers in Bundesliga history but also does that strongly. And as already mentioned, all the Muller’s 365 Bundesliga goals have been scored for only one club, Bayern Munich, in the 427 appearances he has made for the club.

That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.85 meaning that the German top scorer scored 4.2 goals in every 5 appearances he made in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

He’s quite near a ratio of one. If he scored 62 goals more, he could actually get that ratio. Anyhow, if we just assume that Muller has played for 90 minutes in all his 427 Bundesliga appearances, according to the number of goals he has scored (365), we can say he has scored one Bundesliga goal in every 105 minutes.

But the truth is that he has played almost 39 minutes in each of his Bundesliga appearances on average, so, on that basis, he has scored one Bundesliga goal in almost every 45 minutes.

Klaus Fischer (268 Goals)

The second footballer on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time, Klaus Fischer has scored a total of 236 Bundesliga goals during his career which is 97 goals less than the Bundesliga all-time top scorer, Gerd Muller.

And unlike Muller who has scored all his Bundesliga goals for only one club, Fischer has scored his Bundesliga goals for four clubs, namely TSV 1860 München, FC Schalke 04, FC Koln, and VfL Bochum.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Fischer scored all his 268 Bundesliga goals in 535 appearances that he made for the above-mentioned clubs between 1968 and 1988. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.44 which means he has scored a little bit more than 2 goals in every 5 appearances he has made in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And if we assume that Fischer has played full 90 minutes in all his Bundesliga appearances, then he has scored one goal in every 179 minutes. However, the truth is that the 70-year-old retired German forward has played 46 minutes in each of his Bundesliga appearances on average which by that number of goals (268) means that he has scored one goal in every 91 minutes he’s been on the pitch in Bundesliga.

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Robert Lewandowski (236 Goals)

Occupying the third position on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time with only 30 goals less than the second position, Klaus Fischer, Robert Lewandowski has actually scored 236 goals in Bundesliga till this date.

The big difference between Lewandowski and the other two German footballers already mentioned - we mean Gerd Muller and Klaus Fischer - is that Lewandowski is not yet retired.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

That means Lewandowski has still time - although he’s 32 - to increase his Bundesliga goals and maybe rank better on the list of all-time Bundesliga top scorers.

However, by now the 32-year-old Polish footballer is third on the list, and if you ask us, it’s a great achievement for a non-German footballer to rank high and near the legends, like Gerd Muller, on the list of highest goal scorers in Bundesliga history.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Lewandowski has scored all his 236 Bundesliga goals in the 321 appearances he has made only for two clubs, namely Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.73 which means he has scored almost 3 goals in every 4 appearances he has made in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And assuming that he has played full 90 minutes in all his 321 Bundesliga appearances, Lewandowski has scored one goal in every 122 minutes he’s played in Bundesliga.

The Polish footballer has also become Bundesliga top scorer in 5 seasons from 2013 to 2020 and is actually the second footballer after Gerd Muller to have become the German major league top scorer the most.

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Jupp Heynckes (220 Goals)

Another German retired forward older than 70 - he’s actually 75 by now - on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time, Jupp Heynckes has actually scored a total of 220 Bundesliga goals during his career for only two clubs: Hannover 96 and Borussia Monchengladbach. And from all these 220 goals 195 were for the latter club which is a share of 88% of all Heynckes’ Bundesliga goals.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And no wonder that Borussia Monchengladbach has got such a great share of Heynckes’ goals; the German retried footballer served them for 12 seasons which is actually 4 times higher than the number of seasons he served Hannover 96.

Anyway, Heynckes scored all his 220 Bundesliga goals in 369 appearances that he made for the above-mentioned clubs. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of almost 0.6 meaning that he scored 3 goals in every 5 appearances he made in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

If we assume he played for full 90 minutes in all the appearances he made in Bundesliga, then Heynckes has scored one goal in every 150 minutes he has played in Bundesliga. However, that number is not realistic.

Heynckes was on the pitch averagely for 32.2 minutes in every appearance he made in Bundesliga and considering the number of goals he scored in the major German league (220), he has scored one goal in every 54 minutes he has played in Bundesliga.

Manfred Burgsmuller (213 Goals)

Occupying the fifth position on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time, Manfred Burgsmuller is another retired German footballer who has scored 213 Bundesliga goals during his career.

And like Klaus Fischer, he has scored this number of goals for four clubs, namely Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, FC Nurnberg, and Bayer Uerdingen, in the 447 Bundesliga appearances he has made for them.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

213 goals in 447 Bundesliga appearances; that gets Burgsmuller a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.47 meaning that he has scored almost one goal (exactly 0.94) in every two appearances he has made in Bundesliga.

And from all his 212 Bundesliga goals, Burgsmuller has scored 113 goals for Borussia Dortmund which actually comprises 53% of all his Bundesliga goals.

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Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Assuming that Burgsmuller played for full 90 minutes in all his 447 Bundesliga appearances, he has scored one goal in every 188 minutes. However, the truth is that his average playtime in every appearance he has made in Bundesliga has been 35.7 minutes, so, in real, he has scored one goal in every 75 minutes he has played in Bundesliga.

Claudio Pizarro (197 Goals)

The first footballer on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time with dual nationality, Claudio Pizarro is actually a Peruvian footballer with Italian origin.

He’s also the first footballer on the list with less than 200 Bundesliga goals. Pizarro has scored all his 197 Bundesliga goals for three clubs, namely Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and FC Koln, in the 490 appearances he has made for them.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

So, with that number of goals (197) and appearances (490) he gets a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.4 meaning that he has scored 2 goals in every 5 appearances he has made in Bundesliga.

The interesting fact about Claudio Pizarro is that he has served Werder Bremen in four different time periods between 1999 and 2020, namely from 1999 to 2001, from 2009 to 2012, from 2015 to 2017, and from 2018 to 2020.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

So, one might guess that the recently retired Peruvian footballer has also scored most of his Bundesliga goals for Werder Bremen. That’s true! he has actually scored 46% of all his Bundesliga goals (92) for Werder Bremen.

And if we just assume that Pizarro played for full 90 minutes in all his 490 appearances, he has scored one goal in every 223 minutes he has played in Bundesliga. However, the truth is that he has actually scored one Bundesliga goal in every 76 minutes considering that he has actually played for 30 minutes on average in every appearance he has made in Bundesliga.

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Ulf Kirsten (182 Goals)

The first footballer after Gerd Muller to have scored all his Bundesliga goals for only one club, Ulf Kirsten occupies the 7th position on the list of Bundesliga top goal scorers of all time.

The 54-year-old retired German forward has scored all his 182 Bundesliga goals for Bayer Leverkusen in the 350 appearances he has made for them which actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.5 meaning that he has scored one goal in every two appearances he has made in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

In fact, Ulf Kirsten served only two clubs during his career: Dynamo Dresden who competed in the top-tier league of East Germany (DDR Oberliga) from 1983 to 1990 and Bayer Leverkusen from 1990 to 2003 - they have competed in Bundesliga since 1979.

So, since only one of these clubs (Bayer Leverkusen) competed in the Bundesliga during Kirsten’s footballing career, all Kirsten’s Bundesliga goals have been, as a matter of fact, scored for that club.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And if we assume Kirsten played for full 90 minutes in all his 350 Bundesliga appearances, he has scored one goal in every 173 minutes he has played in Bundesliga.

However, the truth is that the retired German footballer has only played 27.6 minutes in every Bundesliga appearance he has made averagely, so he has actually scored one goal in every 53 minutes he’s been on the pitch in Bundesliga.

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Stefan Kuntz (179 Goals)

Another German footballer on the list of Bundesliga top scorers of all time to have scored all his Bundesliga goals for 4 clubs, Stefan Kuntz actually occupies the 8th position on the list. He has scored all his 213 Bundesliga goals for four clubs, namely VfL Bochum, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, FC Kaiserslautern, and Arminia Bielefeld.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And from among all his 179 Bundesliga goals, Kuntz has scored 75 for FC Kaiserslautern which translates to 41% of all his Bundesliga goals. As for Kuntz’s goal-to-appearance ratio, he gets a ratio of 0.47 with the 179 goals he has scored in his 449 Bundesliga appearances.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

If we assume that Kuntz has played for full 90 minutes in all his 449 Bundesliga appearances, then he has scored one goal in every 225 minutes he has played in Bundesliga.

However, the truth is that Kuntz has played only 38 minutes on average in every Bundesliga appearances he has made, so, with that in mind, he has actually scored one goal in every 95 minutes he has been on the pitch in Bundesliga.

Dieter Muller (177 Goals)

Yet another footballer on the list of Bundesliga top goal scorers of all time who has scored all his Bundesliga goals for four clubs; these clubs include FC Koln, VfB Stuttgart, FC Saarbrucken, and Kickers Offenbach when they actually competed in the Bundesliga, and Muller has scored all his 177 Bundesliga goals in the 303 appearances he has made for them between 1973 and 1989.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

So, with that number of goals (177) and appearances (303) Muller actually gets a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.58 which means he has scored a little bit more than one goal in every two appearances he has made in the Bundesliga.

And from all the 177 goals Muller has scored in the Bundesliga, 159 have been scored for FC Koln meaning that the German club gets almost a 90% share of all Muller’s Bundesliga goals.

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Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

If we assume that Muller has played for full 90 minutes in all his 303 Bundesliga appearances, then with the number of goals he has scored in Bundesliga (177), he has actually scored one goal in every 154 minutes he has played in the major German league.

However, the truth is that the 66-year-old retired German footballer has averagely played 26 minutes in every Bundesliga appearance he has made meaning that he has actually scored one goal in every 44 minutes he has been on the pitch in Bundesliga.

Klaus Allofs (177 Goals)

Sharing the same position (9th) on the list of top Bundesliga scorers of all time with Dieter Muller, Klaus Allofs has also scored a total of 177 goals in Bundesliga and for 3 clubs, namely Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Koln, and Werder Bremen.

And from all these 177 goals, 88 have been scored for FC Koln which means the German club gets almost a share of 50% from all Allofs’ Bundesliga goals.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

177 goals in 424 Bundesliga appearances; that actually gets Allofs a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.4 meaning that the 63-year-old retired German footballer has scored 2 goals in every 5 Bundesliga appearances he has made.

If we assume that he has played for full 90 minutes in all his 424 Bundesliga appearances then he has scored one goal in every 215 minutes he has been on the pitch in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

However, the truth is that Allofs has played only 34 minutes in each of his Bundesliga appearances on average which means he has actually scored one Bundesliga goal in every 81 minutes he has played in the major German league.

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Mario Gomez (170 Goals)

The second footballer on the list of top Bundesliga scorers of all time with dual nationality (Spanish and German), Mario Gomez occupies the 10th position on the list with 170 goals.

And like Klaus Allofs, Gomez has also scored all his Bundesliga goals for 3 clubs, namely VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, and VfL Wolfsburg with Bayern Munich having the greatest share of Gomez’s Bundesliga goals: 75 goals which actually translates to 44% of all the 170 goals Gomez has scored in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Gomez has scored all his 170 Bundesliga goals in the 328 appearances he has made for the above-mentioned clubs. That actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.5 which means he has scored 1 goal in every 2 appearances he has made in Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And if we assume that Gomez has played full 90 minutes in all his 328 Bundesliga appearances, then he has scored one goal in every 173 minutes he has played in the major German league.

However, the truth is that Gomez has only played 23 minutes on average in all his Bundesliga appearances, so with that in mind, the recently-retired 35-year-old German footballer has scored one goal in every 43 minutes he’s been on the pitch in Bundesliga.

Hannes Lohr (166 Goals)

Up to now, all the footballers we have introduced have been forwards, however, Hannes Lohr has deviated from this rule! He’s actually the first winger on the list of Bundesliga top goal scorers of all time who scored enough goals in the major German league during his career to be on the list - actually the 11th position on the list.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Lohr is not only the first and only winger on our list of scorers with most Bundesliga goals but also the first dead footballer on the list and the third footballer after Gerd Muller and Ulf Kirsten who served only one Bundesliga club during his caree: FC Koln - actually between 1964 and 1978 when they competed in the Bundesliga.

Lohr scored all his 166 Bundesliga goals in the 328 appearances he made for FC Koln which actually gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.5 meaning that he scored one goal in every two appearances he made for the German club in the Bundesliga.

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Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And again, if we assume he played for full 90 minutes in all his Bundesliga appearances, then he scored one goal in every 177 minutes he was on the pitch in Bundesliga.

However, he actually played 32 minutes on average in every Bundesliga appearances he made, so with that in mind, we should say that he scored one goal in every 59 minutes he played in the major German league.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162 Goals)

The legendary German footballer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, is the last - and definitely not the least - footballer on our list of top Bundesliga scorers of all time with the 162 goals he has scored in the Bundesliga for only club: Bayern Munich.

In this concern he’s just like Gerd Muller: Only one club and that club is Bayern Munich. The only thing that separates the two German legends is the number of goals they have scored in Bundesliga which differs by a wide margin of around 200 goals.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

Rummenigge has scored all his 162 Bundesliga goals in the 310 appearances he has made for Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1984 which gets him a goal-to-appearance ratio of 0.5 meaning that the 64-year-old retired German footballer has scored one goal in every two appearances he has made in the Bundesliga.

Bundesliga Top Scorers of All Time

And again if we assume that Rummenigge has played for full 90 minutes in all his 310 Bundesliga appearances, then he has scored one goal in every 172 minutes he has played in Bundesliga.

However, the truth is that the legendary German footballer has played only 27 minutes in every Bundesliga appearance he has made. So, on that basis we should say that he has scored one goal in every 48 minutes he has played in the major German league.

And the List of Top Bundesliga Scorers of All Time Does not End Here

Up to now, we have introduced 12 footballers - both German and non-German - with most Bundesliga goals, however the list of top Bundesliga scorers of all time does not end here, though continuing the list in the above fashion is, indeed, out of our readers’ patience.

If you like to know what other footballers come after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on the list of all-time Bundesliga top scorers, here is a list of them with the number of Bundesliga goals they have scored:

  • Bernd Holzenbein, 162 goals in 420 appearances, ratio: 0.38, Ntl: German, Post: Forward
  • Fritz Walter, 157 goals in 347 appearances, ratio: 0.45, Ntl: German, Post: Forward
  • Thomas Allofs, 148 goals in 378 appearances, ratio: 0.39, Ntl: German, Post: Forward
  • Stefan Kießling, 144 goals in 403 appearances, ratio: 0.35, Ntl: German, Post: Forward
  • Bernd Nickel, 138 goals in 426 appearances, ratio: 0.32, Ntl: German, Post: Attacking Midfielder
  • Uwe Seeler, 137 goals in 239 appearances, ratio: 0.57, Ntl: German, Post: Forward
  • Horst Hrubesch, 136 goals in 224 appearances, ratio: 0.6, Ntl: German, Post: Forward
  • Giovane Elber, 133 goals in 260 appearances, ratio: 0.51, Ntl: Brazilian, Post: Forward
  • Rudi Voller, 132 goals in 232 appearances, ratio: 0.56, Ntl: German, Post: Forward

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