Argentine international striker Lionel Messi recently broke into the top-10 list for all-time scoring in a major European football league. Messi scored his 269th career goal for Spanish La Liga club Barcelona last weekend in a 3-1 win over Granada. However, he’s still a good way behind all-time leader Jimmy Greaves of England who scored 366 career club goals and firmer German international Gerd Muller who retired with 365 to his name. The record is in regards to the top-tier leagues in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
Steve Bloomer of England sits next on the list with 317 goals followed by England’s Dixie Dean at 310 and Delio Onnis of Argentina at 299. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal comes in sixth place with 291 goals followed by Gordon Hodgson of England at 287, Alan Shearer of England with 283, Silvio Piola of Italy at 274 and then Messi with his 269. Greaves scored his goals from 1957 to 1971 when the England international striker banged in 357 for London sides West Ham, Tottenham and Chelsea and then added nine more during a brief stint with Italian Serie A club AC Milan.
Muller scored his 365 goals while playing for Bundesliga team Bayern Munich while English scoring pair Steve Bloomer scored his 317 goals in the old Division One from 1892 to 1914. Dixie Dean notched his total of 310 from 1924 to 1938. The only other player in the top-10 list is Portuguese international striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 84 for goals Manchester United in the English Premier League as well as 207 for Spanish La Liga team Real Madrid for a grand total of 291. Ronaldo and Messi are expected to finish as the top two scorers on the list by the time they retire, but it’s debatable as to who will finish in the number one position and who will come in as the runner up.