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Top 5 highest scoring South American footballers of all time

Lionel Messi has recently accomplished an impressive feat by becoming the leading goal scorer in international matches among South American footballers. As a result, we have decided to analyze and rank the Top 5 highest scoring South American footballers of all time.

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 highest scoring South American footballers of all time:

5. Ronaldo – 62 goals (Brazil)

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Ronaldo – 62 goals (Brazil)

O Fenomeno is one of the greatest strikers of all time, and as the third-highest goalscorer for Brazil, he has cemented his position in history for ages to come. We can only dream of how many more goals he could’ve scored if his career wasn’t hampered by injuries. 

4. Luis Suarez – 64 goals (Uruguay)

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Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his 2nd goal during the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL – Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) – RTR3UQH7

Suarez is without a doubt the greatest Uruguayan player of all time, and his international career surely reflects his brilliance for clubs as well. He helped Uruguay win the Copa America in 2011 and was named the best player in the competition, scoring four goals and assisting two. 

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3. Neymar – 69 goals (Brazil)

Neymar is only 29 and is past Ronaldo in the scoring tally for Brazil. He has plenty of time to catch up on Pele, and potentially have the highest goalscorer record all to himself. He is yet to feature in a World Cup or Copa America winning campaign, but you wouldn’t put it past the PSG star to help his country out with silverware. 

2. Pele – 77 goals (Brazil) 

Pele Top 5 highest scoring South American footballers of all time

Pele was the original wunderkind of football, winning the World Cup at the age of 17 and then going on to win it two more times in his career. His 77 goals came in 92 appearances for Brazil, and all their World Cup victories had significant contributions from Pele. 

1. Lionel Messi – 79 goals (Argentina) 

To think of every achievement that Messi has had, and to add the Copa America to that collection of trophies makes him the greatest South American player ever. While the World Cup has eluded the Argentinian, he came close in 2014, falling short to Germany in the finals. In 2022, the player could try one last time with Argentina to complete his quest for every trophy available. 

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  1. Who is the highest-scoring South American Footballer?

    Lionel Messi

Read: Top 5 players with the most goals for Indian national football team 

  1. Pele’s goals-per-game ratio is by far more superior than Messi’s. Pele took only 92 games to reach his 77 goals. Messi needed 153 games to overtake Pele. Messi’s goal average is vastly inferior to Pele’s. Pele really should be ranked number 1


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Arsh Das
Arsh Das
A music enthusiast, also passionate about football and bringing you the latest in the sporting world every day.



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