With the success of German national team and German clubs in the European competitions, Germany’s top division ‘Bundesliga’ is now gaining popularity and viewership all over the world. Bundesliga started in 1963 and since then many great goalscorers have plied their trade in this league.Today we are going to have a look at all time Bundesliga top scorers.
Here are the Top 10 All Time Bundesliga Top Scorers –
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10. Hannes Lohr [1964-1978]
166 goals in 381 matches
Hannes Lohr was a German striker who almost spent his entire professional career with 1. FC Köln. The striker scored 166 top division goals for 1. FC Köln more than any other Köln player.
Löhr won the Bundesliga and DFB Cup double with 1. FC Köln in 1978, having already lifted the DFB Cup with the Billy Goats in 1968 and 1977. In 1968, the left winger was also the Bundesliga’s top-scorer with 27 goals.
He sadly passed away last year.
9. Klaus Allofs [1975-1993]
177 goals in 424 matches
Klaus Allofs was a prolific goalscorer for club and country. He amassed Bundesliga totals of 424 games and 177 goals over the course of 15 seasons representing Fortuna Düsseldorf ,1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen.
In 1992-93 he won the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen. He also won four DFB-Pokal titles ; two of which came with Fortuna Düsseldorf and one with each 1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen. He was also Bundesliga’s top scorer on two occasions.
8. Dieter Müller [1973-1986]
177 goals in 303 matches
German striker Dieter Müller spent most of his career with 1. FC Köln. During his time with 1. FC Köln he set a Bundesliga record for the most goals scored by a player in a single match when he scored 6 goals against Werder Bremen.
Overall, he scored 177 goals in the West German top flight in 303 games.
7. Stefan Kuntz [1983-1999]
179 goals in 449 matches
Stefan Kuntz was a German international whose playing career lasted from 1983 until 1999. In Bundesliga , he played for VfL Bochum, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Arminia Bielefeld. He made 449 appearances and scored 179 goals in the process.
He finished as the Bundesliga top scorer on two occasions ,in 1986 and 1994.
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6. Ulf Kirsten [1990-2003]
182 goals in 350 matches
A pacy right-winger turned central striker, Kirsten played for just two clubs – Dresden and Leverkusen – and also two countries, dividing his 100 international caps almost equally between East Germany(51 caps) and the unified German national team(49 caps).
He was one of the first East German footballers to enter the Bundesliga after the German reunification. In the Bundesliga he played 350 matches for Bayer Leverkusen and scored 182 goals
5. Claudio Pizarro [1999-2017]
191 goals in 430 matches
Pizarro is the Bundesliga’s leading foreign-born goalscorer with 191 goals in 430 games. Although he is a club legend at both ; Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich ,Bremen is a club that now hold special places in Pizarro’s heart.
Of his record 191 Bundesliga goals, 104 came over the course of three spells (1999-2001; 2008-2012; 2015-2017) at the Weser Stadium.
After initial struggle, Pizarro adapted to life in Germany so well that he earned a move to Bayern Munich in 2001, where he played until 2007, before returning for a second stint between 2012 and 2015.
Pizarro’s two spells in Bavaria were laden with success: he won six Bundesliga titles, five DFB Cups and the UEFA Champions League.
4. Manfred Burgsmüller [1968-1990]
213 goals in 447 matches
Legendary German “oldtimer” Burgsmüller was one of the best scorers in history of Bundesliga, despite playing for a larger part of career in midfield. He had good technique and ball control. Playing in midfield for Borussia could not stop him from becoming the club’s record goalscorer.
Burgsmüller is the club’s record goalscorer in the Bundesliga, with 135 goals. He also holds the club’s record for most goals in a single match, scoring five times in a match against Arminia Bielefeld in 1982.
Apart from Dortmund,he also played for a number of clubs. Most notably for Werder Bremen ,where he spent the final five seasons of his career.
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3. Jupp Heynckes [1963-1978]
220 goals in 369 matches
Heynckes started his professional career in 1964 with his hometown club Borussia Mönchengladbach who were then in the second division. In 1965, the club, managed by the legendary Hennes Weisweiler, achieved promotion to the Bundesliga,with the teenaged striker scoring 23 goals in 25 matches in his debut season.
He left the club for Hannover 96 in 1967 but returned after three seasons and went on to spend 8 more years with his hometown club. Heynckes played 369 matches in the Bundesliga, scoring 220 goals.
2. Klaus Fischer [1968-1988]
268 goals in 535 matches
Klaus Fischer is a FC Schalke 04 legend,who also spent time with TSV 1860 München, 1. FC Köln and VfL Bochum. With 268 goals he ranks second to Gerd Müller in the list of all-time top Bundesliga goalscorers.
In 1976, he was top scorer in the Bundesliga. With Schalke 04 he won the German Cup in 1972. His 182 league goals for Schalke 04 remain a club record
He made 45 appearances for the Germany national football team from 1977 to 1982 and scored 32 goals. He appeared in two World Cups and was a World Cup runner-up in Spain in 1982.
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1. Gerd Müller [1964-1979]
365 goals in 427 matches
Gerd Müller is unarguably one of the greatest strikers to grace both German and international football. He joined Bayern in 1964, turning down offer from TSV 1860 Munich because he thought they had many superstars in their team and he may struggle to find a starting spot in the team.
At that time, Bayern Munich was languishing in the second division. In his first season at Bayern, Gerd scored 33 goals for his team and helped elevate it into the Bundesliga in 1965. With Müller in the team, Bayern Munich captured the German Cup in its first season. The team later won the Cup three more times (1967, 1969, and 1971) during Müller’s tenure. Bayern also won the Bundesliga title 4 times in the 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, and 1973–74 seasons. Müller did 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga matches, still a record that will be hard to beat.
On international level ,he played 62 games for West Germany and scored 68 goals.