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 117 goals in 188 appearances, a rate of 0.62 goals per game.
And Ronaldo, now age 37, plans to play through the 2022 World Cup. Messi, two years younger than his rival, is also in the top five with 86 goals in 162 caps (0.53 per game). This list is for the men's game. Canada's Christine Sinclair is the women's all-time leader with 189 goals in 310 caps.
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The players with the most international goals in soccer history:
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) — 117 goals from 188 matches (0.62 per match)
#2. Ali Daei (Iran) — 109 goals from 148 matches (0.74 per match)
#3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) — 89 goals from 142 matches (0.62 per match)
#4. Lionel Messi (Argentina) — 86 goals from 162 matches (0.53 per match)
#5. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary) — 84 goals from 89 matches (0.94 per match)
#6. Sunil Chhetri (India) — 82 goals from 127 matches (0.65 per match)
#7. Ali Mabkhout (UAE) — 80 goals from 106 matches (0.75 per match)
#8. Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia) — 79 goals from 111 matches (0.71 per match)
#9. Hussein Saeed (Iraq) — 78 goals from 137 matches (0.57 per match)
#10. Pelé (Brazil) — 77 goals from 92 matches (0.84 per match)