Messi, Ronaldo, Kane: 11 players with most goals for one club in the 21st century

Harry Kane was Tottenham Hotspur‘s match winner for the umpteenth time last Saturday afternoon.

In a tense home match against a talented Wolverhampton Wanderers side, England’s captain scored the only goal to secure a 1-0 victory and three precious points.

Kane latched onto Ivan Perisic’s clever flick from a corner kick and headed home from close-range.

It was Kane’s 250th goal for Spurs across all competitions, which is a quite incredible achievement.

The supremely-gifted striker is only the ninth player to reach that landmark at one club in the 21st century thus far – and one of three for a Premier League outfit.

So who’s ahead of Kane? Well, the folks over at the International Federation of Football History & Statistics have all the answers.

They’ve officially named the 11 players with the most goals for one club in the 21st century.

Harry Kane celebrates a goal for Spurs vs Wolves
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

And you’ll never guess who the top two are…

The 11 players with most goals for one club in the 21st century

11. Maksim Gruznov (Estonia)

Club: Trans Narva | Goals: 218

10. Francesco Totti (Italy)

Club: AS Roma | Goals: 244

9. Harry Kane (England)

Club: Tottenham Hotspur | Goals: 250

8. Wayne Rooney (England)

Club: Manchester United | Goals: 253

7. Klæmint Olsen (Faroe Islands)

Club: NSI | Goals: 257

6. Sergio Aguero (Argentina)

Club: Manchester City | Goals: 260

Man City legend Sergio Aguero with the Premier League trophy
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League Trophy after winning the title following the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

5. Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait)

Club: Al Qadsia | Goals: 282

4. Karim Benzema (France)

Club: Real Madrid | Goals: 325

3. Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Club: Bayern Munich | Goals: 344

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Club: Real Madrid | Goals: 450

  1. Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Club: Barcelona | Goals: 672

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at an awards ceremony
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 12: FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid smile during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala 2014 at the Kongresshaus on January 12, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Yeah, it was always going to be Messi and Ronaldo at the top of tree, players who’ve mastered the sweet art of goalscoring better than anyone else in the modern era – by quite some distance as well.

The pair of Ballon d’Or hoarders are well clear of the rest and the former’s tally of 672 goals for Barcelona is actually the most by a player for one club in the history of professional football.

Messi broke Pele’s record from his famous stint at Santos back in December of 2020 with a goal in an away match against Real Valladolid.

It’s going to take a number of decades – maybe even a whole century – before someone gets close to surpassing Messi’s superhuman tally.

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