The Players With The Most International Goals In Soccer History

Cristiano Ronaldo has 111 and Messi has 76, but where do the two living legends rank all-time?

This list for the players with the most international goals in the history of soccer stretches from players who played in the 1940s to the present day. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi score at an incredible rate for Portugal and Argentina, respectively, but there are those from history who boast an even more impressive rate of scoring.

The current world record for the most international goals is held by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, who — according to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) — has scored 111 goals in 180 appearances, a rate of 0.62 goals per game.

And Ronaldo, now age 36, plans to play through the 2022 World Cup. Messi, two years younger than his rival, is also in the top 10 with 76 goals in 151 caps (0.50 per game). 

And, if you like this list, check out our list for the players with the most career goals in soccer history. 

The players with the most international goals in soccer history:

#1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) — 111 goals from 180 matches (0.62 per match)

Most international goals

#2. Ali Daei (Iran) — 109 goals from 149 matches (0.73 per match)

Ali Daei most international goals

#3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) — 89 goals from 142 matches (0.62 per match)

#4. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary) — 84 goals from 85 matches (0.99 per match)

#5. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) — 79 goals from 111 matches (0.71 per match)

#5. Lionel Messi (Argentina) — 79 goals from 153 matches (0.52 per match)

Most international goals

#7. Hussein Saeed (Iraq) — 78 goals from 137 matches (0.57 per match)

#8. Pelé (Brazil) — 77 goals from 92 matches (0.84 per match)

Most international goals

#8. Ali Mabkhout (UAE) — 77 goals from 94 matches (0.82 per match)

#10. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan) — 75 goals from 76 matches (0.99 per match)

#10. Bashar Abdullah (Kuwait) — 75 goals from 134 matches (0.56 per match)

#10. Sunil Chhetri (India) — 75 goals from 120 matches (0.63 per match)

Sunil Chhetri most international goals

#13. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) — 72 goals from 125 matches (0.58 per match)

#13. Majed Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) — 72 goals from 117 matches (0.61 per match) 

#15. Kinnah Phiri (Malawi) — 71 goals from 117 matches (0.61 per match)

#15. Kiatisuk Senamuang (Thailand) — 71 goals from 134 matches (0.53 per match)

#15. Miroslav Klose (Germany) — 71 goals from 137 matches (0.52 per match)

#18. Stern John (Trinidad and Tobago) — 70 goals from 115 matches (0.61 per match) 

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