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Highest Goalscoring Goalkeeper, Defenders, Midfielders, Winger and Striker in Football History

Jan 12, 2021, 4:20 PM GMT+5:30
Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Bican are equal on the most number of goals officially scored in football history
Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Bican are equal on the most number of goals officially scored in football history | 90min
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Cristiano Ronaldo recently equaled Josef Bican's goalscoring record of 759 career goals after he managed to net for Juventus in their recent win against Sassuolo on Sunday.

This meant that he will have the chance to change the course of footballing history forever when he faces Genoa in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo will become the highest goalscorer in history, which obviously means he will also be the highest goalscoring winger in history. In the light of positional play, today we take a look at the HIGHEST goalscoring players in football history in all playing positions on the field.

1. Goalkeeper - Rogerio Ceni (131 goals in 1990 - 2015)

Rogerio Ceni
Rogerio Ceni scores a penalty for Sao Paolo | Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

Yes, a goalkeeper!

Incase you didn't know, Ceni started taking set-pieces for Sau Paulo in 1997 and continued to do so until his retirement in 2015.

He played over 1000 games in his 25 year career and his record will likely never be matched.

2. Right-back - Graham Alexander (107 goals from 1988 - 2012)

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander scored most of his goals at Preston North End | Getty Images/Getty Images

Former Scottish international, Graham Alexander played as a right-back for almost all of the clubs he featured for.

Alexander 107 goals in 833 appearances for his multiple clubs.

3. Centre-back - Ronald Koeman (253 goals from 1980 - 1997)

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Ronald Koeman featuring for FC Barcelona in the 90s | VI-Images/Getty Images

While playing for legendary clubs like Ajax, PSV and Barcelona among others, Dutch maestro Ronald Koeman netted a total of 253 goals in his incredible 17-year career.

Most of his appearances and goals obviously came at FC Barcelona, a club he also manages as of now.

4. Left-back - Paul Breitner (113 goals from 1970 - 1983)

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Paul Breitner representing Germany against Netherlands | STAFF/Getty Images

German left-back Paul Breitner could also play as a midfielder which explains his goal tally.

However, he did score a lot of goals from his left-back position too. Breitner was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Time Team, and was named by Pelé one of the top 125 greatest living footballers at a FIFA Awards ceremony in 2004.

Brietner managed to score 113 goals in a 13 year period from 1970 to 1983 during which he played for top clubs like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid along with representing West Germany.

5. Right central midfield/Central midfield - Frank Lampard (274 goals from 1995 - 2016)

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard is the highest goalscoring midfielder in Premier League history | Ben Radford/Getty Images

Lampard scored 274 club goals from midfield during his illustrious career, including 27 in one season back in 2009/10. That’s a record for a midfielder in European football history.

Majority of his goals (147) came for Chelsea, while the rest came while he featured for West Ham, Swansea, Manchester City and New York City FC.

6. Left-midfield - John Wark (223 goals from 1975 - 1997)

John Wark
John Wark featured for Liverpool between 1984-1988 | Getty Images/Getty Images

John Wark is probably the greatest goalscoring midfielder there has ever been alongside Sir Bobby Robson. His strength was to read the game and knowing exactly when to arrive in the penalty area.

John was an exceptional player. His biggest problem at Liverpool was he wasn’t enough of a Liverpool player. His game was doing the job in the opposition’s penalty box and maybe he didn’t take enough part in the rest of the game.

7. Winger - Cristiano Ronaldo (759 goals from 2002 - present)

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballer in modern day
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballer in modern day | 90min

Words are not enough to describe the genius that Cristiano Ronaldo is.

Since starting his career in 2002 at Manchester United, Ronaldo has managed to score 759 goals while playing as a winger mostly and recently as a striker, equaling the all time greatest goalscoring on paper Josef Bican recently while netting for Juventus.

His next goal will see him become the greatest goalscorer in football history.

8. Striker - Josef Bican - 759 goals - 1931-55

Josef Bican is the GOAT of goalscoring
Josef Bican is the GOAT of goalscoring | 90min

Josef Bican was a Vienna-born footballer, who plied his trade during the most difficult period in humanity's history. He is also the greatest player to have ever pulled on the Austrian international jersey. 

Legend has it that he could run 100m in 10.8 seconds, which is quicker than Usain Bolt couldprobablyrun it after a Big Mac or a family-sized pizza. Although legend also has it, that Bican's mum protected her son from a hefty challenge by running onto the pitch and attacking his opponent with an umbrella - so believe what you will. 

Biscan bagged seven goals in a single match three times over his career. His famous quote went as, "I have heard many times the theory that it was easier to score in my day. But the opportunities were the same even a hundred years ago and will be the same in a hundred years. The situation is identical and everyone should agree that an opportunity should turn into a goal. If I had five chances I scored five, if I had seven I scored seven."

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