So, Bundesliga is back. A lot of people are very excited to see that this will be able to be released to the public very shortly. It does get you to stop and think about quite a few things though. For example, do you know the top goal scorers of all time in the sport? Most people do not, which makes it all the more interesting.
Learning about these top goal scorers is definitely something fascinating to behold, which is why we’re going to be taking a look at the top goal scorers of all time, to give you access to the best of the best to celebrate SportsSoccer Returns.
The top ranked player on the list for today is, without question, Gerd 'Der Bomber' Müller. He was repping Bayern Munich at the time, but this did not stop him from setting the top ranked number of goals in the whole gig. He managed to set an incredible 365 goals, which will no doubt be impressive for just about anyone looking to see how sporting prowess can develop.
However, this wasn’t what made him such a powerful force on the field. Instead, that was the fact that he manages to score an incredible amount of goals over a given period. During the 14 seasons in question, Gerd managed to score a goal once every 105 minutes on average. That’s incredible, because it literally comes out at nearly one goal every single game.
In fact, one of his best moments came during the season of 1971 and 1972. There, he managed to come up with an incredible 40 goals, even though he missed 3 different penalties. The man is a legend in the game, and it has earned him the respect of many.
While it is true that Gerd is one of the best players of all time and has a prolific career scoring goals, this man, Klaus, is a direct challenge to that. He’s capable of providing an impressive amount of goals.
His count sits at 268, which obviously isn’t as close as the total set by Gerd, but is the most serious contender to the throne in recent history. He played for 19 years, which is impressive for a soccer player, and was featured in the league of 500 times during his run - a unique feat only afforded to a handful of other people. In fact, during the 1975 - 76 season, he was the top scorer in the whole of the league.
Like we said, he might not be at the level of Gerd in terms of raw output, but in terms of talent and mounting a serious challenge to the title, he’s definitely earned his place as number two,
Capping off the triad of power in terms of raw goal output, Robert Lewandowski is a well-known face. Perhaps what gives him his unique appeal is that he’s still one of the players that continues to compete, so while he may be sat third place currently, that’s definitely not his guaranteed final ranking.
His goal output sits at a respectable 221. Having moved ahead of his former coach in terms of goal scoring, he’s eyeing up Klaus to take the number two slot. He’s actually a very strong contender to take the top spot from the legendary Gerd, with his minute count for goal scoring is just minutes ahead of the champion.
Hailing from Poland, Robert has more goals than any non-German player in history already, but he doesn’t seem content with just that. Perhaps his career will end with him reaching a brand new peak in terms of prowess.
Manfred Burgsmüller is one of the lesser-known players in the league but this is an assessment which is probably less than fair - he was a strong contender and in the top 5 in terms of what he did.
For 30 years, he took the number 4th slot in terms of all-time highest number of goals at 213, and when he passed away at the age of 69, he was outpaced by Robert, just.
While perhaps not one of the most obvious contenders, Manfred was a true pioneer in the sport, and to this day, he’s earned his right to be immortalised in the top 5 players of all time. The fact that he was an old man before his record was bested is proof of his skill.
What we have here are the current big three, and then a lesser-known hero who deserves to be recognised. They were all pretty impressive contenders who worked hard to score as many goals as they did during their careers. It was easy to see that they had a passion for the game which was unmatched by a lot of people.
Perhaps one day, someone will come along and smash some of their records out of the ballpark. But we don’t see it happening anytime soon - Gerd set a pretty high standard. Maybe it’ll happen one day, maybe it won’t. Until then, these people deserved to be immortalised.