The German Bundesliga is slowly starting to fascinate viewers across the world. The competition, which was initiated in the year 1963, has largely been dominated by Bayern Munich (the most decorated club with 24 league titles) over the past decade, with their major competition coming from rivals Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke, Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg.
The Bundesliga boasts some extremely talented players and international stars like Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Manuel Neuer. The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Stefan Kiessling and Thomas Muller are the leading marksmen who have been topping the goalscoring charts for the past few years.
The league has, of course, also been witness to the legendary Gerd Muller, who holds an incredible goal scoring record both at international and club level. Muller was a class act, but there were also a few others who got close to matching his records, like Klaus Fischer, Manfred Burgsmuller and Jupp Heynckes. 
Germany are renowned for producing top quality home-grown strikers. So let’s have a look at the players featuring in the all-time Bundesliga top scorers list, as well the top scorers among the players who are still active in the game.
Gerd Muller leads the goalscoring charts in Bundesliga history with 365 goals. The former Bayern Munich star is regarded as one of football’s greatest strikers for his clinical finishing and killer instinct inside the penalty box. He also has an incredible goal scoring tally at international level, netting 68 goals in 62 appearances for Die Mannschaft.
Realistically speaking, there is currently no active player in the league capable of matching his record. 
Klaus Fischer is second on the list, scoring 268 goals in 535 appearances in the league. He was known for his bicycle kicks, and played for four different clubs including FC Koln and FC Schalke.
Much to our surprise, there is no active Bundesliga player featuring in the league’s all-time top goal scorers list. Claudio Pizzaro comes the closest, but he announced his retirement after playing his last season with FC Bayern Munich (2014/15). 
Here’s a look at the all-time Bundesliga top goal scorers (all stats have been collected from the official website of the German Bundesliga):
FC Bayern Munich
1964- 1979
TSV 180 Munchen
FC Shalke 04
1 FC Koln
VfL Bochum
1968-1970
 
1970-1981
1981-1984
1984-1988
60
305
96
84
28
182
31
27
Borussia Monchengladbach
Hannover 96
Borussia Monchengladbach
1963-1967
1967-1970
1970-1978
82
86
226
50
25
168
Rot-Weiss Essen
Bayer Uerdingen
Rot-Weiss Essen
Bayer Uerdingen
Borussia Dortmund
1 FC Nurnberg
Werder Bremen
1968-1971
1971-1974
1974-1976
1976
1976-1983
1983-84
1985-1990
12
101
64
7
224
34
115
0
80
32
1
135
12
34
VfL Bochum
Bayer 05 Uerdingen
1 FC Kaiserslautern
Arminia Bielefeld
VfL Bochum
1983-86
1986-1989
1989-1995
1996-1998
1998-1999
100
94
170
65
20
41
32
75
25
6
Fortuna Dusseldorf
1 FC Koln
Werder Bremen
1975-1981
1981-1987
1990-1993
169
177
78
71
88
18
1 FC Koln
VfB Stuttgart
1 FC Saarbrucken
1973-1981
1981-1982
1985-1986
248
30
23
159
14
4
Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen (loan)
Weder Bremen 
FC Bayern Munich
1999-2001
2001-2007
2008-2009
2009-2012
2012-present
56
174
26
77
50
29
71
17
43
16
Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez tops the charts here, followed by Stefan Kiessling, Miroslav Klose and Kevin Kuranyi who are all German nationals. Gomez had a promising start to his Bayern Munich career but failed to live up to the expectations at the Allianz Arena, and a sudden dip in form saw him move to the Italian side Fiorentina.
Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup with 16 goals. He was sublime for Die Mannschaft and played in two of Germany’s biggest teams – Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich. However, Klose has been more far reliable for the national team than at the club level.
Here’s the Top 4 list:
Season
VfB Stuttgart
FC Bayern Munich
2003-2009
2009-2013
121
115
63
75
Total
236
138
1 FC Nurnberg
Bayer Leverkusen
2003-2006
2006-present
73
287
15
123
1 FC Kaiserslautern
Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich
1999-2004
2004-2007
2007-2011
120
85
98
44
50
24
121
VfB Stuttgart
FC Schalke 04
2001-2005
2005-2010
99
162
40
71
Stefan Kiessling, who has been with Bayer Leverkusen since 2006, tops the list here, and is followed by the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, Vedad Ibisevic and Marcelinho – who are all playing in the top division of German football.
Even though the Leverkusen skipper has the most number of goals, Dutch international Arjen Robben from Bayern Munich has a better games per goal ratio (0.56) than the tall German striker. 
Here are the 10 players in the list:
Note: Stats updated as on 31st August 2015

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