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The 20 Highest-Scoring Midfielders Of The 21st Century Have Been Revealed

The 20 Highest-Scoring Midfielders Of The 21st Century Have Been Revealed

This list is full of legends top to bottom.

Daniel Marland

Daniel Marland

The highest-scoring midfielders of the 21st century have been revealed and Frank Lampard leads the way over Steven Gerrard.

Lampard became a Chelsea legend during his illustrious career and became their all-time top scorer in 2013.

He ended his career on 261 goals and also enjoyed spells with West Ham United, Manchester City and New York City.

Coming in second place is former England teammate and longtime Premier League rival Steven Gerrard.


Gerrard managed to net 206 goals in his career and he alongside Lampard are the only two to break the 200 goal barrier.

Borussia Dortmund stalwart Marco Reus places fourth and is the highest placed player who is currently active.

Check out the entire top 20 below per Transfermarkt.

20. Ola Toivonen (117 goals in 397 games)

19. James Rodriguez (122 goals in 439 games)

18. Wesley Sneijder (122 goals in 504 games)

17. Kevin De Bruyne (127 goals in 555 games)


16. Steffen Hoffman (128 goals in 541 games)

15. Bryan Ruiz (132 goals in 527 games)

14. Gini Wijnaldum (135 goals in 621 games)

13. Arturo Vidal (136 goals in 682 games)

12. Cesc Fabregas (138 goals in 812 games)


11. Juan Mata (139 goals in 617 games)

10. Christian Eriksen (142 goals in 618 games)

9. Marek Hamsik (147 goals in 645 games)

8. David Silva (148 goals in 778 games)

7. Kaka (161 goals in 515 games)


6. Michael Ballack (169 goals in 565 games)

5. Ronaldinho (169 goals in 458 games)

4. Marco Reus (187 goals in 452 games)

3. Rafael van der Vaart (194 goals in 623 games)


2. Steven Gerrard (206 goals in 794 games)

1. Frank Lampard (261 goals in 843 games)

Lampard being above Gerrard means the intense debate regarding the duo will continue to rage on.

Paul Scholes played with both and is also included in the argument regularly.

But he settled the debate last year by claiming the other two are ahead of him in the rankings.

"Stevie G and Frank, of course," the Manchester United legend told BBC 5 Live's Savage Social.

"I'm sick to death of hearing about this, to be honest. It doesn't really matter. People can have their own opinions.

"Them two were amazing, amazing players. But very different players."



Scholes does believe the former Chelsea boss could arguably be the "best goalscoring midfielder that there will ever be."

He continued: "Frank played the position well. He was in a team where he was allowed to do what he wanted.

"He had the license to go with [Claude] Makelele there. Probably the best goalscoring midfielder that there will ever be.

"Steven could do absolutely everything on a football pitch. He was quick, he was strong, he was physical, he could score goals and he could make goals.

"Defence probably wasn't one of his strengths, but I don't think it was any of our strengths."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Frank Lampard, Ronaldinho, Football, Marco Reus, Kaka, Steven Gerrard