The Bundesliga is widely renowned as one of the strongest leagues in Europe and it contains some of the best teams, including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Since the inaugural campaign in 1963, there have been many matches that have captured the imagination and there have been tons of natural goalscorers.
The goals they have scored have defined their careers and they have made themselves legends in the process. But who are the all-time Bundesliga top scorers? We have dug up the records for our sports betting category and revealed the top 10.
Gerd Muller (365 goals)
Known as the ‘Der Bomber’, Gerd Muller was a man on a mission and had an insatiable appetite for scoring goals. His record of 365 goals could well stand the test of time and he was relentless during his career.
During the course of the career, Muller averaged a goal every 105 minutes and in 1971/72, he set the record for the most goals scored in a single season (40) and that was despite missing three penalties. An extraordinary player!
Klaus Fischer (268 goals)
Klaus Fischer’s career spanned over four clubs and over 500 Bundesliga appearances. Although he had a distinguished career, he was only the Bundesliga’s top scorer once in his career.
On average, he scored at least 20 times in six seasons and he was known for his trademark bicycle kicks. Of the 268 goals he scored, he netted four times for Schalke in a 7-0 thrashing of Bayern.
Robert Lewandowski (253 goals)
Perhaps he should be referred to as Robert Goalwandowski, because Lewandowski is a goalscoring machine. His Bundesliga story is far from over and he isn’t far off overtaking Fischer in second spot.
Only slightly worse off than Muller in the goals per minute standings, Lewandowski has been sensational at Bayern. One of his most memorable achievements was netting five times in the space of nine minutes against Wolfsburg when he came on a substitute at half-time.
Jupp Heynckes (220 goals)
More renowned for his achievements as a coach with Bayern, Jupp Heynckes was a predator in front of goal. Bar a two-year spell at Hannover, Heynches spent the vast majority of his career with Borussia Monchengladbach.
It was here that Heynckes made his mark as he lifted four Bundesliga title during the club’s golden era of the 1970s and in the same decade he also won the World Cup and European Championships with Germany.
Manfred Burgsmuller (213 goals)
Coming in just behind Heynckes is Manfred Burgsmuller. Unfortunately, he isn’t the household name on this decorated list. For over 30 years, he was fourth on the all-time scoring list before he was supplanted by Lewandowski.
Nevertheless, he is still Dortmund’s all-time top scorer in the Bundesliga with 135 goals to his name.
Cluadio Pizarro (197 goals)
During his time at Dortmund, Claudio Pizarro established himself as firm fans’ favourite. A career that lasted nearly 20 years, the Peruvian found the back of the net in the German top flight in every calendar year since 1999.
Pizzarro only recently retired from the game at the grand old age of 41.
Ulf Kirsten (182 goals)
Aside from Muller, Ulf Kirsten is the only other player on this celebrated list to score all his goals for one club. Kirsten finished as the Bundesliga’s top scorer on three occasions (1992/93, 1996/97 and 1997/98).
A focal point of the Bayer Leverkusen side, Kirsten’s team-mates were known as the Eternal Bridesmaids after four runners-up finishes as well as defeats in the 2001/02 Champions League and DFB Cup finals.
Stefan Kuntz (179 goals)
Stefan Kuntz played for four different clubs throughout his career and he was always hungry for goals. This was epitomised when he struck in each of his first four outings with Bochum in the league in the 1983/84 campaign.
He finished as the top scorer twice and he lifted the Bundesliga title with Kaiserslautern in 1990/91.
Dieter Muller (177 goals)
Dieter Muller is probably most famous for his spell at Cologne. In six of his eight seasons with the Billy Goats, he netted at least 17 times. He was the league’s top scorer in the 1976/77 campaign, scoring 34 goals.
Muller is also the only player to have scored six goals in a single game and that came against Werder Bremen when Cologne routed them 7-2.
Klaus Allofs (177 goals)
Klaus Allofs was a bit of a steady Eddy in his first few seasons with Fortuna Dusseldorf before he burst into life in the 1978/79 campaign with 22 goals.
Allofs claimed a goal every 195 minutes and when he joined Cologne, the goals continued to flow and in 1982/83 he became the first player to finish as top scorer with two different clubs.