With 15 goals, Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has scored the most goals in the World Cup. According to FIFA, Ronaldo accomplished this feat in 19 matches spread over three editions of the World Cup — 1998, 2002 and 2006.
A pair of German footballers, Miroslav Klose and Gerd Mueller, are tied for second place in career World Cup goals scored with 14, although Mueller reached that mark in only 13 games over two editions of the tournament, while Klose played in 19 World Cup matches. France's Just Fontaine is fourth on the list with 13 goals despite having played in only six World Cup matches. Brazilian hero Pele scored 12 World Cup goals to place fifth on the list.