Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Lionel Messi joins Pele, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in becoming his nation's leading scorer but.....

Lionel Messi joins Pele, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in becoming his nation's leading scorer but who else makes the list?

Lionel Messi became Argentina’s all-time leading international scorer on Tuesday night, taking his tally to 55 by netting a superb free-kick in his nation’s 4-0 Copa America semi-final win over the USA.
If the manner in which the Barcelona forward found the net was wholly appropriate for a such a landmark - and goodness it was, an absolute peach from range into the very top corner - then it should also advance his credentials another inch to being considered the greatest of all time.
Of course there are many who believe that the 28-year-old maestro already has that title sewn up, dominating his era like no other thanks to four Champions League wins, eight La Liga titles and five Ballon d’Or awards, to name just the biggest baubles on his CV.
Lionel Messi (right) is congratulated by his Argentina team-mates after becoming his nation's top scorer

Lionel Messi (right) is congratulated by his Argentina team-mates after becoming his nation's top scorer
Pele is Brazil's all-time top scorer with 77 goals

Wayne Rooney holds the record for England

Pele (top) is Brazil's all-time top scorer with 77 goals and Wayne Rooney (bottom) holds the record for England

RECORD GOALSCORERS FOR SELECTED NATIONS 
Player Country Goals Caps Goals per game
Pele Brazil 77 91 0.85
Miroslav Klose Germany 71 137 0.52
Gerd Muller West Germany 68 62 1.10
Robie Keane Republic of Ireland 67 144 0.47
Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 63 104 0.61
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden 62 115 0.54
David Villa Spain 59 97 0.61
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 58 128 0.45
Landon Donovan USA 57 157 0.36
Lionel Messi Argentina 55 112 0.49
Wayne Rooney England 52 114 0.46
Thierry Henry France 51 123 0.41
Robin van Persie Holland 50 101 0.50
David Healy Northern Ireland 36 95 0.38
Luigi Riva Italy 35 42 0.83
Denis Law Scotland 30 55 0.55
Kenny Dalglish Scotland 30 102 0.29
Ian Rush Wales 28 73 0.38

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