Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele: The all-time leading goal scorers in every playing position


Scoring a goal is one of the best feelings in the world, there's no denying it.

However, as much as we might claim to have broken records in Sunday League or five-a-side divisions, there's simply no comparing to the professionals who are ice-cold in front of goal.

Besides, we've spent the last decade and a half wowing at Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi hoovering up the vast majority of Ballon d'Or titles for their freakish goal-scoring records.

But it's not always about the forwards, because some of the most crucial goals in the sport's history have been scoring by defenders, midfielders and even goalkeepers bombing up the pitch.

Keep that thought in mind, because The Sun decided to look at football's all-time leading scorer in every major position on the pitch this week - and it made for interesting viewing.

Top scorers in every position

With goalkeepers bagging over 100 goals and a centre-back with more than double that, it really highlights some of the most surprising scorers in the game, so check out the full results below:

Goalkeeper - Rogerio Ceni (131 goals)

Yeh, seriously. The Sao Paolo legend, like his South American forbearers Rene Higuita and Jose Luis Chilavert, was bizarrely prolific in his home nation due to his free-kick and penalty duties.

Ceni astonishingly scored 47 goals in just three seasons at the peak of his career and perhaps the only real shame is that he didn't find the net during his 16 appearances for Brazil.

Rogerio Ceni, goalkeeper and captain of

Centre-back - Ronald Koeman (253 goals)

When we say Koeman's statistics are unreal, we aren't kidding and he almost has more goals than the highest-scoring midfielder on the list, despite playing no further up the pitch than a sweeper.

Koeman bagged a mind-boggling 26 goals during his penultimate season with PSV Eindhoven, before reaching double figures in every one of his six campaigns at Barcelona.


Right-back - Graham Alexander (107 goals)

Ok, so, Alexander definitely has the advantage of scoring many of his goals in the lower leagues of English football, but reaching a century of strikes from the defensive flank is no mean feat.

Over half of Alexander's goals came with Preston North End, reaching double figures in 1999-00 and 2002-03, while his only top-flight finishes came with an eight-goal haul for Burnley in 2009-10.

Hull City v Burnley - Premier League

Left-back - Paul Breitner (113 goals)

Before we even bask in the fact Breitner has scored over 100 goals in his career, let's take a moment to appreciate he's only one of four players to score in multiple World Cup finals.

Breitner racked up 10 goals for his country as well as a handful with Real Madrid, but he'll always be remembered for his years at Bayern Munich, where he scored 57 goals(!?) in just four seasons.

Italian forward Marco Tardelli (L) and West German

Right/central midfielder - Frank Lampard (274 goals)

Chelsea's all-time leading scorer was arguably the greatest player in history at arriving late in the penalty area to convert from deep, consistently bagging 20 goals-a-season during his prime.

Lampard reached his zenith with a 27-goal haul during the 2009-10 campaign, experienced a second wind with 17 strikes in 2012-13 and found the net 29 times on England duties.


Left-midfield - John Wark (223 goals)

Imagine playing out wide, but not far enough forward to be a winger, and still scoring 36 goals in a season. Well, that's exactly what Wark achieved at Ipswich Town during the 1980-81 season.

fTwo more seasons with over 20 goals eventually attracted the interest of Liverpool where, despite his tallies taking a decline, he still scored 42 times in just 70 appearances.

John Wark Liverpool

Winger - Cristiano Ronaldo (534 goals)

There's no Messi, but Ronaldo makes the cut in his place. The legendary wide-man came into his own at Manchester United and continues to be prolific with Juventus deep into his thirties.

However, his best days came with Real Madrid, where he scored a logic-defying 450 goals in just 438 games, and he's well on course for the international goal-scoring record with Portugal.


Striker - Pele (727 goals)

Before you protest that Pele scored some of his goals against weak teams in bizarre competitions, only 'official' ones are being counted here, hence there's not the alleged 1,000 next to his name.

Nevertheless, Pele was still prolific with his beloved Santos - bagging a wild 66 goals during the 1958 season - and still holds the all-timing scoring record for Brazil with 77 strikes.

World Cup Winners

Remarkable scoring records

Goals win games and some of the aforementioned statistics are simply mind-blowing.

You'd be feeling pretty confident lining up with a team where the defence and goalkeeper alone have a combined total closer to 1,000 than zero... never mind a striker with over 700.

Sure, some reached their record-breaking position in easier circumstances than others, but we'll give them a free pass to the history books when they goal tallies are so incomparable.

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