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Lionel Messi and the 10 Greatest Scorers in World Cup History

Lionel Messi and the 10 Greatest Scorers in World Cup History

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Lionel Messi is one of the greatest goal scorers we have ever seen in the history of the sport, and he has finally started to score in the World Cup. After scoring only one goal in his previous two World Cups, he already has four goals in three games in 2014. Is that enough to get him on this list? Read on to find out.

10. Christian Vieri

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10. Christian Vieri

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Christian Vieri was an extremely talented offensive weapon for the entirety of his club career as he scored 194 goals for various teams, and he was just as successful for the Italian National Team. He scored 23 goals in 49 caps, but he always showed up for the World Cup. He played in two of them, notching nine goals in nine games. He didn't have as many appearances as some on this list, but he made the most of them.

9. Jurgen Klinsmann

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9. Jurgen Klinsmann

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It turns out that Jurgen Klinsmann was a pretty decent player as well. He played in three World Cups for Germany, scoring 11 goals. Those 11 goals rank sixth all-time, and the only reason he isn't higher on this list is because it took him 17 games to do it.

8. Thomas Muller

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8. Thomas Muller

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Thomas Muller may not be the flashiest of players, but he is always in the right place at the right time. He is 24 years old and he has nine World Cup goals already. When it's all said and done, Muller could own the record for most goals scored in World Cup history.

7. Eusebio

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7. Eusebio

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Eusebio only played in one World Cup, but he certainly made the most of it as a Portugal international. He scored nine goals in the 1966 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot. He averaged 1.50 goals every time he stepped on the pitch in 1966.

6. Pele

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6. Pele

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No list is complete without the great Pele on it. Pele ranks fifth all-time in goals scored in World Cup matches with 12. He played four World Cups and averaged slightly under a goal per game. Although he doesn't own the goal-scoring record, Pele did lead Brazil to three World Cup titles.

5. Miroslav Klose

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5. Miroslav Klose

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Miroslav Klose is tied for the World Cup lead in goals scored with 15. He has played in four World Cups and 21 matches. Much like Muller, Klose has always been in the right place at the right time. He's always around the goal mount and he is fantastic in the air.

4. Gerd Muller

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4. Gerd Muller

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Gerd Muller is the fourth German on this list, and he may be the best player to don a German uniform. He has 14 World Cup goals in 13 matches, averaging more than a goal per game. He led them to a World Cup title in 1974.

3. Sandor Kocsis

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3. Sandor Kocsis

Sandor Kocsis
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This name may be a bit unknown, but the Hungarian teams of the 1950s were absolute powerhouses that were led by Sandor Kocsis. Kocsis played in his only World Cup in 1954, and he scored an astounding 11 goals in just five matches. He averaged more than two goals per game for Hungary and was truly an elite goal-scorer.

2. Just Fontaine

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2. Just Fontaine

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Just Fontaine ranks fourth on the list of the top goal-scorers in World Cup history with 13 goals. The amazing thing about those 13 goals is that they all happened in one World Cup. In 1958, Fontaine set the record for most goals scored in a tournament, and he led France to a third-place finish.

1. Ronaldo

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1. Ronaldo

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Ronaldo is often thought of as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, and he currently ranks first with 15 World Cup goals. He scored 62 national goals for Brazil, and he was a part of two World Cup championship teams in 1994 and 2002.