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Top 5 highest goalscorers in European league history

Top 5 highest goalscorers in European league history
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Who is Europe’s greatest goalscorer? Find out here as we go through the Top 5 highest goalscorers across all European leagues.

Making it as a big-time player in any of the European leagues is a big ask for any player, no matter who they may be. Everyone loves a good hero who rises from nowhere to become the best.

Fortunately, we have witnessed many great players over the years take centre-stage in Europe. There is nothing quite like having them dazzle us while carving their names in history.

And among them have been some incredible goalscorers.

These individuals have probably experienced the most highs and lows you could ever expect in football. One minute everyone sings their praises for scoring a goal and then mercilessly slam them for not doing so next time.

No doubt a forward is the most stressful role for any top player.

So here we give you the Top 5 players who rose above the criticism and scored hundreds of goals in European league football.

5. Jimmy McGrory – 408 goals

Jimmy McGrory
Source: FIFA/Top goal scorers

The Scottish forward was a beast in the box with nobody capable of matching his movements in front of the goal.

Jimmy McGrory was an inspiration for Celtic, not only on the pitch but off it as well having enjoyed a successful coaching spell. There have been very few like him and may never will be again.

Even to this day, McGrory remains as British football’s all-time record scorer in all competitions with 485 goals. Of course, 77 of them came in the Scottish Cup.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo – 430

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
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Seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in a top-scorers list won’t surprise a single soul.

The Juventus superstar became the sixth player in history to reach the 700-goal mark in his career in October, and he’s hit a rich patch of form since the beginning of 2020 with four goals in two games.

Now the target for Ronaldo is winning the Serie A Golden Boot this season. It’ll make him the first player to finish as top-scorer in England, Spain and Italy.

3. Lionel Messi – 432

Lionel Messi
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The six-time Ballon d’Or winner smashed home an incredible 51 goals in 50 games last season across all competitions.

There is simply no stopping Leo Messi when he’s in a Blaugrana jersey, with countless La Liga defences crumbling against him. So it’s no wonder why he’s the Spanish league’s all-time record scorer.

While Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A struggles have allowed him to pip his great rival in the European league scoring charts.

Given Ronaldo’s recent resurgence, though, Messi is far from in the clear.

2. Ferenc Puskas – 514

Ferenc Puskas
Source: Twitter/ bosto_boy/Top goal scorers

Now we move on the first of two players who outscored Ronaldo and Messi in Ferenc Puskas.

The Hungarian is renowned for being one of football’s greatest players in history following a stunning 23-year career between 1943 and 1966.

Puskas’ most memorable moments came as a Real Madrid player, where he scored a stunning 156 goals in 180 La Liga games.

He won five league titles in a row and helped Los Blancos win three European crowns as well. An undisputed legend of the game.

1. Josef Bican – 517

Josef Bican
FIFA/Top goal scorers

The Czech-Austria striker quickly made strides in the football world following an impressive start at 18.

Josef Bican recorded many impressive goal records over Rapid Vienna and Slavia Prague between 1931 and 1948. He really was one of those unique attackers capable of scoring from just about anywhere.

His most prolific spell came at Prague, with a brilliant tally of 395 goals in 217 league games.

Bican is world football’s highest scorer in history having amassed 805 goals in all competitions throughout his career.

It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo or Messi have it in them to challenge Bican’s incredible feat.