List of footballers with 500 or more goals

Sun 30 May 2021 | 19:29

Do you ever wonder which football player has scored the most goals during his professional career? If you want to know, keep reading our list of footballers with 500 or more goals.

Although there are lots of football players with a rich history, having scored more than 500 goals in their entire professional career, in this special list we get to know only 10 of these footballers.

Most of the faces listed below are of course familiar and absolutely beloved. Some of them had a poor start back at their early career but gradually built up their future and became the most successful players in the world of football.

List of footballers with 500 or more goals:

In this list we take a quick look at the biographies of 10 footballers who have scored more than 500 goals throughout their entire professional career.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The first person that appears on the

list of footballers with 500 or more goals

is the one and only

Cristiano Ronaldo

, having scored 795 to this day.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on the fifth day of February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He is the last child of his parents Jose Dinis Aveiro and Dolores Aveiro.

Cristiano has three siblings on the whole, two sister called Elma Aveiro and Katia Aveiro, and a brother named Hugo dos Santos Aveiro.

Ronaldo is another player who had struggled with poor condition of life back at his childhood years. But he managed to pass them all and find a way to reach his dreams in 1992 when he first started training.

After coming out of youth system, Ronaldo began his senior career in 2002 with

Sporting CP

. He has also played for other football clubs such as

Manchester United

, Real Madrid and his current team,



His international career started in 2003 and as of 2021, he has received 173 caps and has scored 103 goals for Portugal’s national team.

In 2009, when Cristiano Ronaldo joined

Real Madrid

from Manchester United with the transfer fee of $132 million, he became the most expensive player of the history of football.

It should not be surprising to say that as of 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo is known to have the highest net worth among the other footballers with an estimated net worth of $450 million.


The second face on the list of footballers with 500 or more goals is also known as the 5th best goal scorer in the history of football:


with more than 780 goals.

Romário de Souza Faria or commonly known as Romario is a former professional footballer, who was born on 29 January 1966. He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He grew up in one of the small suburbs of Rio de Janeiro along with his parents Edevair de Souza Faria and Manuela Ladislau Faria. Romario isn’t the only child in his family, he actually has a sister called Zoraidi Faria and a brother named Ronaldo de Souza Faria.

Romario kind of owes his success to his father for taking him to one of the Olaria’s matches when he was just a child. After the games, he fell in love with football and decided to join Olaria’s youth academy at the age of 13.

But his career at senior level began in 1985 with

Vasco da Gama

and only two years later he received his first cap for


national team. Even in his early career, Romario had been shining on the field as he became the top goal scorer in the 1988 Olympic football tournament.

In his entire professional career, Romario has played in various football clubs leaving a significant mark of himself behind. To name some of the football clubs in which Romario had been a regular player we have to mention:


, Flamengo, Fluminense, Valencia, PSV Eindhoven, etc.

For one season in 2007, Romario had been the official manager of the football club, Vasco da Gama. However, he officially stated his decision of getting retired in 2009. This means that both his professional career as a footballer and his managerial career were over.

Lionel Messi

Imagine naming 10 professional players in our exclusive list of footballers with 500 or more goals without mentioning

Lionel Messi

! Absolutely impossible!

Lionel Messi is definitely the next genius on this

list of men's footballers with 500 or more goals

considering the fact that he has scored 772 goals so far.

Lionel Andrés Messi is an absolutely familiar face on this list who was born on 24 June 1987 to his father Jorge Messi and his mother Celia Maria Cuccittini in Rosario, Argentina. Lionel is the third child of his family having three other siblings, a sister called Maria Sol Messi and two brothers named Matias Messi and Rodrigo Messi.

It is indeed hard to talk about Messi since there are many things to say. From his tough childhood years suffering from growth deficiency syndrome to the brilliant history he has with his professional career.

However. he first started training at the age of 7 with Newell's Old Boys. 6 years later, his career with Barcelona officially started and he finally came out of Barcelona’s youth system in 2003 and ever since then, he has remained loyal to this Spanish football club.

Lionel Messi also had his international debut in 2005 and up to now he has made 142 appearances and has managed to score 71 goals.

Also another fact about Lionel Messi hat you might want to know is that between the years 2009 until 2014 he had been the highest-paid football player in the whole wide world.


We can’t have a

list of footballers with 500 or more goals

without including the name of


in it! This Brazilian genius with his record of 775 goals has definitely secured his place on this exclusive list.

Pele’s full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. This legend was born on 23 October 1940 in Tres Coracoes, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Pele is regarded as “the greatest” by FIFA and also one of the most popular footballers of 20th century. He started his senior career in 1956 with Santos and kept playing for them until 1974, having appeared 496 times as well as scoring 504 goals.

It also proves the fact about Pele that his scoring ratio is 0.89 per game.

After leaving


, Pele joined New York Cosmos for which he played for another 2 years before announcing his retirement in 1977.

Also with regard to his international career, it is noteworthy to mention that he first received his call-up in 1957 and kept playing as a regular in Brazil national team up until 1971.

A rather funny fact about Pele hat might be interesting to know is that, when Ronald Reagan, the 40th US president met him at the White House, he said:

"My name is Ronald Reagan, I'm the President of the United States of America. But you don't need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pele is!"


The fifth person on our special list of footballers with 500 or more goals is also someone who is considered by many people, one of the greatest icons in the infinite world of football:


with a record of more than 591 goals.

On 25 January 1942, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was born in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. He was the fourth child of his parents Laurindo Antonio da Silva Ferreira and Elisa Anissabeni and the family, altogether lived a very difficult life dealing with poor conditions of their society.

Eusebio’s senior career began in 1957 with a hometown football club called Sporting Lourenco Marques. Four years after starting his senior career, he had already been playing for


for which he kept playing for around 14 years, making 301 appearances as well as scoring 317 goals.

Also with regard to Eusebio’s international career, it is has to be noted that he had been playing for Portugal’s national team from 1961 until 1973. During his international career, Eusebio received 64 caps and scored 41 goals in general.

Even though Eusebio announced his retirement in 1980 while he had been playing for Buffalo Stallions, he kept receiving awards and trophies afterwards.

To name a few of the awards that Eusebio won during his professional career as a footballer, we have to mention BBC Sports Personality World Sport Star of the Year (1966), Ballon d'Or (1965), UEFA President's Award (2009), PFA Merit Award (1993), etc.

Although Eusebio, this Mozambican-Portuguese legend sadly passed away on the fifth day of January 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, his legacy is all over us.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Lion,

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

with 573 goals is the next person on our

list of footballers with 500 or more goals


Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish professional footballer who was born on 3 October 1981. His hometown is the city of Malmo located in southern Sweden.

He grew up in a rather large family, having a sister named Sanela as well as four half-siblings called Violeta Ibrahimovic, Sapko Ibrahimovic, Aleksander Ibrahimovic and Monika Ibrahimovic.

Despite the difficult times he went through as a child who witnessed his parents getting divorced, Zlatan’s professional career gave him another chance where his talents and mind-blowing skills surprised everybody.

In 1999, Zlatan started his professional career with a hometown football club called Malmo FF. He also has precious experiences with some of the greatest football clubs such as Barcelona, Ajax, Inter Milan, Juventus,

Paris Saint-Germain

, Manchester United and is currently playing for



He had his debut for Sweden national team in 2001. Also during all the 116 appearances he has made for his country, Zlatan has scored 62 goals on the whole. He has the goal ratio of 0.59 per game.

The number trophies and awards, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has received in his professional career is actually a long list which doesn’t seem to end! But to name a few of them, we have to mention UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award (2011), Serie A Most Loved Player (2005), Premier League Player of the Month (December 2016), etc.

Hugo Sanchez

Hugo Sanchez is the 6th person on the list of footballers with 500 or more goals with a record of 562 goals in his entire professional career.

Hugo Sánchez Márquez or known as Hugo Sanchez is a former professional footballer from Mexico who got retired in 1997. He was born on 11 July 1958 in Mexico City. He first began playing in 1972 and is a product of UNAM’s youth system.

A rather lesser known fact about Hugo Sanchez is when he first started his senior career at the age of 18 with UNAM, a professional team representing Mexico's national university, he decided to complete a degree in Dentistry along with playing for the first team as regular.

Only a year after playing in the first team, Sanchez received his first call-up for


national team up to 1994, making 58 appearances and scoring 29 goals on the whole.

Hugo Sanchez’s professional career is summed up in 21 years of playing vigorously for some of the strongest football clubs such as Read Madrid,

Atletico Madrid

, Atlante, America, Liz, etc.

During these 21 years, Hugo Sanchez made 681 appearances which led to scoring 397 goal in total.

After announcing his retirement in 1997, Sanchez decided to pick the managerial career and finally after three years, in Mach 2000 he became the manager of the football club with which he started both his youth and senior career: UNAM.

Robert Lewandowski

With a record of 558 goals, Robert Lewandowski, the Polish professional footballer who is currently playing for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, is the next face on the list of footballers with 500 or more goals.

Robert Lewandowski’s birth date is 21 August 1988. Although he was born in the capital of Poland, Warsaw, he actually grew up in southern Poland along with his parents Krzysztof Lewandowski and Iwona Lewandowska and also his sister Milena Lewandowska.

Lewandowski was raised in a sporty family; as a matter of fact, his mother and sister are both volleyball players. Also Robert’s father is a former judoist who used to play in Hutnik Warsaw club.

But the fact about Robert Lewandowski’s father is that he passed away before even watching his son starting his senior career. Although he had always wished to see him grow into a successful man.

However, Robert Lewandowski began playing in Delta Warsaw’s first team in 2005. During his whole career as a professional footballer, Lewandowski has always in any game proved his notable skills as a striker and there is literally no doubt about them since he has made it on or

list of soccer players with 500 or more goals


Robert Lewandowski has been playing for Bayern Munich ever since 2014 and during all the 219 appearances he has made for the German club, he has scored 203 goals altogether.

After one year of playing in Poland U19, Robert Lewandowski finally received his first call-up and began his international career in 2008. So far, he has made 118 appearances and scored 66 goals for Poland’s national team.

Luis Suarez

Another professional footballer who has made it on our specific list of men's footballers with 500 or more goals is a Uruguayan striker with a record of 508 goals on the whole:

Luis Suarez


Luis Suarez with the full name Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz was born in a large family having four brother named Diego, Maximiliano, Facundo and Paolo who is a professional footballer as well, and also two sisters called Leticia and Giovanna.

He was born on 24 January 1987 which means as of 2021, Luis is 34 years old. He grew up in Salto, Uruguay where he first started his training in one of the hometown football clubs.

Luis Suarez processed his training years with Nacional’s youth system from 2003 up to 2005, when he made it to the same club’s first team. Also two years later he was officially playing for Uruguay’s national team.

His career has a rich history playing for football clubs such as Ajax,


, Barcelona and his current team, Atletico Madrid. However, among all the clubs named earlier, he has scored the most goals for Barcelona, which makes 147 goals during all the 191 appearances he had made for the team.

Also concerning his international career, it has to be said that throughout all the 116 caps he has received so far, Luis Suarez has managed to score 63 goals.

Erwin Helmchen

And last but not least, Erwin Helmchen with a mind-blowing record of more than 982 goals during his professional career. He also has the most record of hat-tricks which is said to be at least 141.

He is the only footballer on our list of soccer players with 500 or more goals with this amount of goals which makes him on the top of the rest of the players!

Erwin Helmchen is a former professional footballer who was born on 10 May 1907 in Cottbus, Germany.

He began his career in 1926 with FV Brandenburg Cottbus when he was 19 years old and kept playing for different football clubs such as PSV Chemnitz, SG Chemnitz Nord and VfB Lubeck until 1952 before announcing his retirement.

Accordingly, by playing in only one of the teams named above, Erwin Helmchen had scored an estimated number of 667 goals.

Nonetheless, Erwin Helmchen’s international career didn’t last that long due to various reasons like injury and bad form. He first received his cap on 24 May 1931 and his international career kept going on up to 1937, but he didn’t appear in any international match afterwards.

He passed away on 8 June 1981 and was buried in the same place he had been inhabiting along with his wife Erna for several years: Kiel, Elmschenhagen.




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