The 10 highest goalscorers of all time

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With Cristiano Ronaldo believed to be on the brink of becoming the highest goalscorer of all time, here are the leading goal-getters in the history of the game, including Lionel Messi and Pele.

The 36-year-old has begun the current season in fine form, with nine goals in 12 matches for Manchester United while also netting six times for Portugal in the three most recent international breaks to take his career tally to 798 goals in 1 089 games, according to talkSPORT.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner became the all-time men's leading international goalscorer earlier this year, and will look to once again etch his name into the history books as he continues his free-scoring form.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the 10 all-time highest goalscorers, and how many goals they have scored for club and country, per talkSPORT 

Another star who could yet still become the highest goalscorer of all time is Messi, with the 34-year-old reportedly only 49 goals away from equalling the record of 805 strikes held by Austrian-Czech ex-footballer Josef Bican.

The former Barcelona forward is yet to open his Ligue 1 account for Paris Saint-Germain this season, but has shown his clinical nature in the UEFA Champions League, with three goals in three matches in that tournament for the French giants.

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According to talkSPORT, Brazil icon Pele is also in the top 10 with an impressive 767 goals in 831 games, but the 81-year-old has previously, and controversially, insisted that his tally is wrong and that he scored more than 1 200 goals in his career.

The extra strikes Pele spoke of is believed to have been scored in club and international friendlies and other unofficial matches, according to Insider.

Other names in the top 10 include another South American forward and late Germany legend Gerd Muller – scroll through the gallery above to see football's all-time highest goalscorers!

Here are the all-time leading scorers in international competitions comprising the FIFA World Cup and the continental tournament their country partakes in

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