The World Cup 2022 is scheduled to take place next year. Hence, it’s the right time to look back and check the top scorers and most appearances of the FIFA World Cup.

Who are the players who have played the most matches and scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?

Let’s have a look at the stats together!

 

Most FIFA World Cup Final Tournament Appearances

Who has made the most World Cup appearances?

The most World Cup appearances has Lothar Matthäus.

German football manager and former player played 25 World Cup matches. He participated in five World Cup final tournaments: 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998.

Lothar Matthäus

German striker Miroslav Klose is in the second place with 24 matches. He participated in four World Cup final tournaments: 2002, 2006, 2010, 2010.

Miroslav Klose

In the 3rd place is Italian defender, Paolo Maldini with 23 appearances. Maldini represented Italy at four World Cup final tournaments: 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002.

Paolo Maldini

Below, find the list of the players by most appearances in World Cups.

Lothar Matthäus (Germany) – 25
Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 24
Paolo Maldini (Italy) – 23
Diego Maradona (Argentina) – 21
Uwe Seeler (Germany) – 21
Władysław Żmuda (Poland) – 21
Cafu (Brazil) – 20
Philipp Lahm (Germany) – 20
Grzegorz Lato (Poland) – 20
Javier Mascherano (Argentina) – 20
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – 20

The FIFA World Cup Final Tournaments Top Scorers

Who is the World Cup top scorer?

Miroslav Klose!

German striker scored 16 goals in 24 matches of the 4 World Cup final tournaments.

Miroslav Klose

 

Brazilian Ronaldo is in the 2nd place with 15 goals in 19 matches.

Ronaldo

 

Next comes German Gerd Müller with 14 goals in just 13 matches.

Gerd_Müller

 

Find the advanced list of the World Cup top scorers below.

Rank Player Goals
scored
1 Miroslav Klose 16
2 Ronaldo 15
3 Gerd Müller 14
4 Just Fontaine 13
5 Pelé 12
6
Sándor Kocsis
11
Jürgen Klinsmann
8
Helmut Rahn
10
Gary Lineker
Gabriel Batistuta
Teófilo Cubillas
Thomas Müller
Grzegorz Lato
14
Eusébio
9
Christian Vieri
Vavá
David Villa
Paolo Rossi
Jairzinho
Roberto Baggio
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Uwe Seeler
23
Guillermo Stábile
8
Leônidas
Ademir
Óscar Míguez
Rivaldo
Rudi Völler
Diego Maradona
30
Oldřich Nejedlý
7
Lajos Tichy
Careca
Johnny Rep
Andrzej Szarmach
Luis Suárez
Hans Schäfer
Cristiano Ronaldo
38
Josef Hügi
6
Oleg Salenko
György Sárosi
Max Morlock
Erich Probst
Harry Kane
Salvatore Schillaci
Davor Šuker
James Rodríguez
Helmut Haller
Hristo Stoichkov
Diego Forlán
Neymar
Asamoah Gyan
Dennis Bergkamp
Rob Rensenbrink
Rivellino
Bebeto
Arjen Robben
Zbigniew Boniek
Thierry Henry
Wesley Sneijder
Robin van Persie
Mario Kempes
Lionel Messi
Lothar Matthäus
64
Pedro Cea
5
Silvio Piola
Gyula Zsengellér
Peter McParland
Tomáš Skuhravý
Juan Alberto Schiaffino
Geoff Hurst
Jon Dahl Tomasson
Alessandro Altobelli
Kennet Andersson
Fernando Morientes
Romário
Marc Wilmots
Mario Mandžukić
Valentin Ivanov
Emilio Butragueño
Roger Milla
Tim Cahill
Hans Krankl
Romelu Lukaku
Ivan Perišić
Raúl
Garrincha
Johan Neeskens
Fernando Hierro
Zinedine Zidane
Landon Donovan
Henrik Larsson
Michel Platini
Zico
Gonzalo Higuaín
Edinson Cavani
Lukas Podolski
Franz Beckenbauer

 

Top Scorers by Tournament

World Cup Player Goals
Uruguay 1930 Guillermo Stábile 8
Italy 1934 Oldřich Nejedlý 5
France 1938 Leônidas 7
Brazil 1950 Ademir 8
Switzerland 1954 Sándor Kocsis 11
Sweden 1958 Just Fontaine 13
Chile 1962
Garrincha
4
Vavá
Leonel Sánchez
Flórián Albert
Valentin Ivanov
Dražan Jerković
England 1966 Eusébio 9
Mexico 1970 Gerd Müller 10
West Germany 1974 Grzegorz Lato 7
Argentina 1978 Mario Kempes 6
Spain 1982 Paolo Rossi 6
Mexico 1986 Gary Lineker 6
Italy 1990 Salvatore Schillaci 6
United States 1994
Hristo Stoichkov
6
Oleg Salenko
France 1998 Davor Šuker 6
South Korea and Japan 2002 Ronaldo 8
Germany 2006 Miroslav Klose 5
South Africa 2010
Thomas Müller
5
David Villa
Wesley Sneijder
Diego Forlán
Brazil 2014 James Rodríguez 6
Russia 2018 Harry Kane 6


Find more regarding the top scorers
here.

World Cup Teams Stats

The most World Cup final tournaments played Brazil: 21 from 21 World Cups so far.

The most World Cup final tournaments’ matches played Brazil and Germany: 109 matches each of them.

The most goals scored Brazil – 229. Brazil also set the most victories (73).

Below find the list of all the World Cup winners.

Rank Nation Victories
1 Brazil 5
2 Germany 4
3 Italy 4
4 Argentina 2
5 France 2
6 Uruguay 2
7
England 1
Spain 1