Kane, Ronaldo, Zlatan: Who're Europe's greatest international goalscorers?

Harry Kane is now England’s second greatest goalscorer outright.

On Tuesday evening, the Tottenham Hotspur striker converted from the penalty spot late on to salvage a 1-1 draw for England against Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

Kane has now racked up 50 goals on international duty, which is one more than Sir Bobby Charlton managed.

It’s now only a matter of time before Kane overtakes Wayne Rooney and becomes England’s all-time leading scorer, especially given he’s still just 28 years of age.

For the Three Lions’ current captain, it’s now a question of how far up the international goalscoring charts he can move.

In terms of European players, Kane is on the verge of breaking into the top 20 and has already leapfrogged the legendary Robin van Persie, as he’s bagged a half century of goals in 32 fewer games than the Dutchman.

Check out the 30 greatest goalscorers in international football from Europe here…

Harry Kane in action for England
MUNICH, GERMANY – JUNE 07: Harry Kane of England looks on during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between Germany and England at Allianz Arena on June 07, 2022 in Munich, Germany. The German national team will play the match in the Women’s national kit in support of their upcoming UEFA Women’s European Championship campaign. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The 30 greatest European goalscorers in the history of international football

30. Olivier Giroud (France) – 48 goals in 112 games

29. Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine) – 48 goals in 111 games

28. Gary Lineker (England) – 48 goals in 80 games

27. Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria) – 48 goals in 78 games

26. Wlodzimierz Lubanski (Poland) – 48 goals in 75 games

25. Lukas Podolski (Germany) – 49 goals in 130 games

Lukas Podolski with Germany
L’VIV, UKRAINE – JUNE 17: Lukas Podolski of Germany celebrates scoring their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L’viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

24. Sir Bobby Charlton (England) – 49 goals in 106 games

23. Sven Rydell (Sweden) – 49 goals in 43 games

22. Robin van Persie (Holland) – 50 goals in 102 games

21. Harry Kane (England) – 50 goals in 70 games

20. Thierry Henry (France) – 51 goals in 123 games

19. Hakan Sukur (Turkey) – 51 goals in 112 games

Hakan Sukur with Turkey
4 Sep 1999: Hakan Suker of Turkey lines up prior to the Northern Ireland v Turkey Group 3 European Championship Qualifying match at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport

18. Lajos Tichy (Hungary) – 51 goals in 72 games

17. Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark) – 52 goals in 112 games

16. Poul Nielsen (Denmark) – 52 goals in 38 games

15. Wayne Rooney (England) – 53 goals in 120 games

14. Joachim Streich (East Germany) – 53 goals in 93 games

13. Jan Koller (Czech Republic) – 55 goals in 91 games

Jan Koller with Czech Republic
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – NOVEMBER 17: Jan Koller of Czech Republic in action during the Euro 2008 Group D qualifying match between Czech Republic and Slovakia at the Axa Arena Praha on November 17, 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

12. Imre Schlosser (Hungary) – 58 goals in 68 games

11. David Villa (Spain) – 59 goals in 98 games

10. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – 61 goals in 122 games

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – 62 goals in 121 games

8. Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland) – 68 goals in 146 games

7. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 68 goals in 102 games

Romelu Lukaku with Belgium
TURIN, ITALY – OCTOBER 07: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Nations League 2021 Semi-final match between Belgium and France at Allianz Stadium on October 07, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

6. Gerd Muller (Germany) – 68 goals in 62 games

5. Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 71 goals in 137 games

4. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 75 goals in 130 games

3. Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 75 goals in 68 games

2. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) – 84 goals in 85 games

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 117 goals in 187 games
Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Portugal
LISBON, PORTUGAL – JUNE 05: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 2 match between Portugal and Switzerland at Estadio Jose Alvalade on June 05, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Kane’s got a long, long way to go before he’s mixing it with Europe’s goalscoring greats.

However, if he were to play as many games as Ronaldo (187) and maintained his current goal-to-game ratio of 0.71, Kane would have 132 goals to his name in an England shirt.

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