There isn’t a better place than World Cup for a striker to reach his absolute best form.
The World Cup is the most prestigious and widely watched football tournament in the world. It is a platform where the best players compete for glory and aim to etch their names in football history.
Some players have managed to score an astonishing number of goals in a single World Cup tournament. Here are the top 5 players with the most goals scored in a single World Cup.
5- Eusebio (1966 World Cup, 9 goals)
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, popularly known as Eusébio, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. The Portuguese striker had a remarkable World Cup campaign in 1966, where he scored 9 goals in 6 games, helping Portugal finish in third place.
4- Ademir (1950 World Cup, 9 goals)
Ademir de Menezes, also known as Ademir, was a Brazilian striker who had a memorable World Cup campaign in 1950. Ademir scored 9 goals in 6 games, helping Brazil reach the final. Although Brazil lost the final to Uruguay, Ademir’s goalscoring exploits did not go unnoticed.
3- Gerd Muller (1970 World Cup, 10 goals)
Gerd Müller, also known as Der Bomber, is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers in football history. The German striker had a prolific World Cup campaign in 1970, where he scored 10 goals in 6 games, helping Germany finish in third place.
2- Sandor Kocsis (1954 World Cup, 11 goals)
Sándor Kocsis was a Hungarian striker who had a remarkable World Cup campaign in 1954. Kocsis scored 11 goals in 5 games, helping Hungary reach the final. Although Hungary lost the final to West Germany, Kocsis finished as the tournament’s top goalscorer.
1- Just Fontaine (1958 World Cup, 13 goals)
Just Fontaine is a former French striker who holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup tournament. Fontaine had a memorable World Cup campaign in 1958, where he scored 13 goals in just 6 games, helping France finish in third place. Fontaine’s goalscoring exploits in 1958 still remain unmatched and he is regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers in World Cup history.