The German national football team is amongst the best in the world and they will be parading some of those stars in the world cup. And as the German team is one of the best in the world, so is its league. It is nothing as interesting as the keenly contested European Premier League, nor boasts the array of quality available in the La Liga. And not forgetting the fact that only Bayern Munchen has been dominating the league, being on their way to winning it for the 6th consecutive time. This doesn’t take away anything from the league though, as they have produced some of the world’s best goal scorers. The likes of Klose who holds the record for being the highest goal scorer in the history of the world cup. Not forgetting Tomas Muller and Lewandoski who is actually on fire. We’ll be seeing the top scorers of all time in the German Bundesliga.
Gerd Muller 365 Goals, 427 Appearances – Bayern Munich
Whenever the name muller is mentioned, every football loving fan thinks of Tomas Muller. True Tomas Muller is a great goal scorer, but he is nowhere at par with Gerhard. Gerd Muller was born in 1945, and he played for both the German machines and Bayern Munich. Muller started his professional career at 1861 Nordingen, his speed and his uncanny ability to score even in the most unlikely situation will bring him to the attention of Bayern Munich scouts. After completing one senior in the senior team of Nordingen, he’ll play in Bayern Munich 15 years. And it is while here he’ll achieve most of the laurels and records that we know him for. Apart from being the highest ever goalscorer in German Bundesliga, he’ll also the all-time highest goal scorer for Bayern (obviously). He also has the highest number of goals ever in a season (still unbeaten) and was season’s highest goal scorer 7 times. The “Bomber of the nation” also had a coaching career in Bayern Munich after retiring. He is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s diseases.
Klaus Fischer 268 Goals, 535 Appearances – TSV 1860 Munchen et al
Fischer is a former German footballer and also former coach. He was born in West Germany in 1949. Fischer played as a striker for both country and club and was renowned for his acrobatic style of scoring goals. Next, to Muller, Fisher is the next best thing to happen to the Bundesliga in terms of goals. He still has the highest number of goals ever scored by a shackle 04 player, and his being the Bundesliga top goal scorer in 1975/1976 season helped him achieve this. Apart from Shackle 04 Fisher also played for TSV 1860 Munchen, 1. FC Koln, Vfl Bochum and the German national team. At 68 Klaus Fisher has taken to the development of young football talent, this he does through the running of a soccer training school.
Jupp Heynckes 220 Goals, 369 Appearances – Hannover 96 and Bor Monchengladbach
Jupp Heynckes is no. 3 on our list of Bundesliga Top Ten Scorers of all time. Only very few people have been able to achieve the feat which Heynckes has achieved in his lifetime. That is the feat of being a successful player and then a successful coach. Such people are not known to grace this planet in large quantities. We will however not be looking at his achievements as a coach, (which are also notable) there will be time for that. This 72-year-old is a retired German footballer; he played the position of a forward.
Heynckes started his senior career in Borussia Monchengladbach where he’ll spend about 12 years; between his times at Monchengladbach, he’ll do a three-year stint at Hannover 96. Altogether he scored 243 goals in 394 appearances during his football career. Jupp Heynckes is the current coach of Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich and they are currently 1 win away from claiming the league title with 5 matches to spare.
Manfred Burgsmuller 213 Goals, 447 Appearances – Werder Bremen et al
We have another muller making our Bundesliga Top Ten Scorers. This though is a “Burgsmuller”. It looks as though the name muller can be associated with goal scoring ability. Manni, as he is fondly called, is a retired German footballer, who played mainly as a forward; as a striker or an attacking midfielder. He had a long and fulfilling career as a footballer, his senior career spanned 22 years, playing across five teams all in Germany. However, he’ll spend a major chunk of his illustrious career at Borussia Dortmund, scoring 135 goals in 224 matches in all competitions. And then finally retiring after spending his last 5 seasons at Werder Bremen. Burgsmuller scored altogether 330 goals across the board while in the German league.
Claudio Pizzaro 192 Goals, 439 Appearances – Werder Bremen et al
Claudio Pizzaro is a Peruvian striker who currently plies his trade for 1. FC Koln in the German Bundesliga. The 39-year-old striker plays also for the Peru national team. We are not sure if he’ll be making it to the world cup though, his form and fitness will determine. The “Inca god” started his youth career in 1991, and 6 years later he joined Deportivo Pesquero a team in Peru. In 99’ he’ll leave Peru for German Bundesliga and never look back. Majority of his career he has spent in the German Bundesliga, except for a two-year stint in Chelsea. Pizzaro seemed to have developed an unlikely love affair with Werder Bremen, he’s returned to the club twice after leaving in 2001. He finally left Werder Bremen on a free transfer in 2017 to struggling FC Koln.
Ulf Kirsten 182 Goals, 350 Appearances – Dynamo Dresden and Bayern Leverkusen
Ulf Kirsten is a 52-year-old German retired professional footballer and now coach. This powerful striker played for East Germany and then the Germany national team when East and West Germany came back together. So technically he played for two national teams. Kirsten at 5 ft 7 was surprisingly revered for his ability to score aerial balls and also for his powerful shooting ability. Altogether he was a striker to be feared irrespective of his height. Kirsten played for only two clubs his entire career, Dynamo Dresden and Bayern Leverkusen. After football, Kirsten also spent some time as a manager for Bayern Leverkusen’s feeder’s team.
Stefan Kuntz 179 goals, 449 Appearances-Borussia Nuenkirchen et al
Stefan Kuntz is a former German footballer an currently the coach of the German U-21 side. Kuntz started his football career in Borussia Neunkirchen; this club was situated in his hometown. And throughout his career, he’ll play for 9 clubs in Germany, in his career spanning 25 years. Kuntz was a very a striker and very prolific goal scorer.
Dieter Muller 177 goals, 303 Appearances – 1. FC Koln
Here’s another Muller on our list of Bundesliga Top Ten scorers. He’s a 64-year-old retired German footballer he played for the West German national team as a striker and also played in the German League. He played in 7 clubs all in Germany in a space of 17 years, netting 249 goals in 453 appearances across all competitions. He also has the record for scoring the highest number of goals in a single Bundesliga match; 6 goals.
Klaus Allofs 177 goals, 424 Appearances – Werder Bremen
Allofs was born in West Germany 61 years ago. He is a retired footballer who played for the German national team and club sides both in Germany and France. Klaus spent 3 years in France playing for Marseille and Bordeaux, French Ligue 1 clubs. Before then, however, played for Fortuna Dusseldorf, this was where he began his football career. This fine striker ended his career in Werder Bremen, this was in 1993. As at the time his career ended, Allofs Klaus has amassed over 221 goals in 512 matches across all competitions.
Robert Lewandowski 174 goals, 252 Appearances- Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandoski and Claudio Pizzaro are the only two players on our Bundesliga Top Ten Scorers who are still active footballers. Pizzaro is almost 40 so we are sure he has less than one or two seasons. As for Lewandoski at this current form, we still expect another 4 to 5 seasons of peak or near peak performance from him. Lewandoski is a professional footballer who is the captain of the Polish national team and the point man for Bayern Munich. His first German club though was Borussia Dortmund where he became renowned for his goal-scoring abilities. This brought him to the notice of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich who he signed for in 2014. In 2017 Lewandoski scored his 100th goal for Bayern Munich and also equalled Jupp Heynkes record of scoring in 11 home games straight. Lewandoski has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, however, nothing has been confirmed.
These are Bundesliga Top Ten scorers of all time. They come in different shapes, sizes and nationalities, but share one thing in common. They are all lethal in front of goal.