Cristiano Ronaldo reaches 500 career goals: But who else has already passed that milestone?

Cristiano Ronaldo surpassed 500 career goals and tied Raul as Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer with a double in the Spanish giants 2-0 away win in Sweden at Malmo on Wednesday.
But who are the great - if forgotten - names of world football that the Portuguese phenomenon has emulated in reaching that magical 500 figure? And who does he still have some way to go to catch?


Here's a look at the other 24 players who, according to the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, who have also reached the 500 goal milestone in official matches:
24. Ferenc Bene (Hungary)- 508 Goals, he was named in the UEFA team of the tournament at the European Championships in 1964.

23. Jimmy Greaves (England) - Goals: 511, in eight years with England, Greaves notched 44 goals in 57 appearances, including six hat-tricks.

22. Roberto Dinamite (Brazil)- Goals: 512, He later became Vasco's president in 2008 - but didn't prove particularly popular with fans of the cruzmaltino.

21. Gunnar Nordahl (Sweden)- Goals: 513, Led Sweden to the gold medal at the Olympic Games in London in 1948, scoring seven goals in the process.

20. Johann Krankl (Austria)- Goals: 514, he is greatest player ever produced by Austria, Krankl was five times named Austrian Player of the Year and enjoyed two stellar spells with Rapid Vienna in his homeland and Spanish giants Barcelona.

19. Alfredo di Stefano (Argentina, Spain)-Goals: 514, the legendary Argentine twice won the Ballon d'Or and is Los Blancos' third all-time top scorer (behind only Ronaldo and Raul).

18. Tulio Maravilha (Brazil)- Goals: 515, Known as 'The Marvel', the Brazilian forward is the only player to be leading scorer in three different levels in the Brazilian system (Serie A, B and C).

17. Zico (Brazil)- Goals: 522, The attacking midfielder who shone with 48 goals in 71 matches for the Selecao, the creative star came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote in 1999. He was labelled 'The White Pele', but could never take his country to World Cup glory, unlike Flamengo, with whom he won the Brazilian title on four occasions.

16. Gyula Zsengeller (Hungary)- Goals: 522, A scorer of 32 goals in 39 international matches, he struck a hat-trick in the 1938 World Cup semi-final against Sweden to take Hungary to the final (where they lost to Italy). Spent 11 years with Ujpest in his homeland (1936-47), scoring 387 goals in 325 league games.

15. Jozsef Takacs II (Hungary)- Goals: 523, he was five times the top scorer in the top division during a seven year period: 1925-32.

14. Fritz Walter (Germany)- Goals: 539, the forward became the first German to lift the Jules Rimet trophy after leading the side to victory over Hungary in 1954's Miracle of Bern. In 2004, UEFA elected him the single most outstanding German player of the previous 50 years - ahead of the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller - as they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

13. Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)- Goals: 541, Scored 38 goals in the 1989-90 season - all of which were one touch finishes.

12. Fernando Peyroteo (Portugal)-Goals: 544, The Angolan-born striker spent all his senior career with Sporting Lisbon, winning eleven major titles with the Lions and claiming the Bola de Prata (Silver Ball for the Primeira Liga's top scorer) on six occasions. He retired in 1949 at the early age of 31.

11. Franz Binder (Austria, Germany)- Goals: 546, he bagged 16 goals in 19 games for Austria.

10. James McGrory (Scotland)- Goals: 550, McGrory helped himself to a British top-flight record of 55 hat-tricks during his 15-year career.

9. Eusebio (Portugal)- Goals: 552, Eusebio was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, scoring nine times.

8. Ernst Willimowski (Poland, Germany)- Goals: 554, Once scored 10 goals in a single game for Ruch Chorzow, while he scored a hat-trick against Hungary in Poland's 4-2 win in Warsaw in 1939 - just four days before the start of World War II.

7. Uwe Seeler (Germany)- Goals: 575, A three-time Footballer of the Year in Germany and also led out West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final. He was the first player ever to appear in 20 World Cup matches.

6. Ferenc Deak (Hungary)- Goals: 576, the Hungarian ace only spent 10 years playing, but managed a staggering 576 goals in 378 games. He Scored 66 league goals for Szentlorinci in a single-season in post-war Hungary (1945-46).

5. Gerd Muller (Germany)- Goals: 735, Der Bomber was the very definition of prolific, as 68 goals in 62 international caps and 398 league goals in 453 league games for Bayern Munich will attest. He struck 14 goals at World Cup finals, claimed the Ballon d'Or in 1970 and was twice the European Golden Shoe winner (1970 and 1972). Oh, he was SEVEN times the top scorer in the Bundesliga as well. Goals were very much his business. Adidas sell retro trainers based on the German striker.

4. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)- Goals: 746, He remains the only player to score four goals in a European Cup final.


3. Pele (Brazil)- Goals: 767, For many, Edson Arantes do Nascimento remains the greatest footballer of all time. The man who would become known worldwide as Pele, lit up the game as a 17-year-old, before going on to win honours both collectively - three World Cups, two Copa Libertadores, two Intercontinental Cups - and individually.
Elected FIFA Player of the Century in 2000 he left his mark on the game with a host of standout moments, many of which will, to paraphrase Marcus Aurelius, forever echo in eternity.

2. Romario (Brazil)- Goals: 772, A World Cup winner in 1994, he scored 55 goals in 70 games for the Selecao and starred for a host of clubs, both across Europe (PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona) and his homeland (Flamengo, Vasdo da Gama). On October 5th 2014, Romario was elected to the Brazilian senate with the most votes ever recieved by a Riod de Janeiro candidate.

1. Josef Bican (Austria, Czechoslovakia)- Goals: 805, Most known in club football for his 11-year spell with Slavia Prague, for whom he scored 534 goals in 274 games, he also made 14 appearances for Czechoslovakia (12 goals).

Last modified on Sunday, 09 July 2017 13:03
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