The World Cup has hosted some of the greatest goalscorers in football history over the years.
Players from all over the world dream of scoring on the game’s biggest stage and a number of stars will be hoping to move up the all-time rankings during the 2022 competition.
It’s a tough question for anyone looking at the all-time record this year, but who are the players with a shot outside?
The all-time record goalscorer in men’s World Cup history in Miroslav Klose. The former Germany international scored 16 goals in 24 games across four tournaments, overtaking former number one Ronaldo in 2014.
The Brazilian scored 15 goals in 19 games to finish second in the rankings, while legendary figures Gerd Muller, Just Fontaine and Pele make up the top five.
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 16 goals in 24 games Ronaldo (Brazil) – 15 goals in 19 games Gerd Muller (West Germany) – 14 goals in 13 gamesJust Fontaine (France) – 13 goals in six gamesPele (Brazil) – 14 games in 14 matches challengers
Neymar was Brazil’s great hope in 2014 and he delivered, scoring four goals to end the tournament on home soil tied for third-highest scorer behind Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie.
His dreams of glory in that tournament were prematurely dashed by injury before the Selecao were embarrassed 7-1 by Germany. The PSG forward scored two more goals in 2018, although his exaggerated rolls and feigned injury screams caught the eye a bit more.
England were not heavily favored at the 2018 World Cup, but six goals from Harry Kane set the Three Lions on course for the semi-finals where they were knocked out by Croatia.
Tottenham striker Kane scored twice in the dramatic 2-1 win over Tunisia before grabbing a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Panama. A penalty against Colombia took his tally to six.
He may be without a club right now, but Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking for a major World Cup this year to take him closer to Klose’s record – for his own ego, if nothing else.
He currently has seven goals in total, having featured at four World Cups, including his debut in 2006. His most iconic moment came in 2018, when a hat-trick saved Portugal a draw against Spain, although the Selecao have not had a good run on the international stage since their victory in Euro 2016.
Lionel Messi became Argentina’s youngest ever goalscorer at a World Cup in 2006 when he netted at the age of 18 years and 357 days against Serbia and Montenegro. Since then, Messi and the WC have not always gone hand in hand.
He failed to score at all in 2010 before delivering his best World Cup campaign to date in 2014 in Brazil, scoring four goals in the group stage as Argentina reached the final – Messi, however, was unable to lead his team to victory in the final as Germany ran out victorious.
One goal came in their chaotic 2018 campaign before he grabbed a penalty to start their 2022 World Cup strongly, although Argentina fell victim to a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Argentina.
A wonderful player if not a little controversial, Luis Suarez is more than likely to play in his final World Cup in 2022, having appeared in the competition for the first time in 2010.
The former Liverpool and Barcelona striker scored three goals as Uruguay finished third in South Africa – although he is more vividly remembered for his handball antics against Ghana – before spoiling England’s chances in 2014 with a brace in a 2-1 win. He later bit Giorgio Chiellini and was banned for nine internationals.
Another pair of strikeouts in 2018 brought his total up to seven.
The player best placed to approach the all-time record is German legend Thomas Muller. The Bayern Munich striker burst onto the scene in 2010 when Die Mannschaft reached the semi-finals before Joachim Low’s side won the tournament four years later.
Muller scored ten goals in these two tournaments. He also played in Russia 2018, but did not contribute as Germany were knocked out in the group stage during their title defence.