Olympics 2021 top men’s soccer goal scorers: Updated rankings from the Tokyo Games

By | July 31, 2021

Brazil’s Richarlison and France’s  Andre-Pierre Gignac were locked in a battle atop the scoring chart of the 2021 men’s Olympic tournament. Gignac won’t be able to catch him after France was eliminated in the group stage.

Richarlison struck for a hat trick in Brazil’s opening match against Germany and added two more in the group-stage finale against Saudi Arabia to wrest the lead away from the Frenchman, who netted a penalty kick goal in the opener against Mexico and then bagged a hat trick of his own in his second match against South Africa. He couldn’t help France in a 4-0 tournament-ousting loss to Japan.

The two forwards were among  the oddsmakers’ pre-tournament favorites to finish as the leading scorer in the competition. Lee Kangin (South Korea), Uijo Hwang (South Korea), Takefusa Kubo (Japan), Alexis Vega (Mexico) and Chris Wood (New Zealand) are still in with a chance to challenge Richarlison.

The table below is updated with the latest goal-scorer rankings after every matchday in the men’s football tournament. For players tied on goals, the first and second tiebreakers in the table are assists and minutes played. (Note: There have also been four own goals scored which are not reflected below.)

Men’s Olympic soccer top scorers

Ranking Player Team Goals Assists Minutes played
1. Richarlison Brazil 5 1 242
2. Andre-Pierre Gignac France 4 1 270
3. Rafa Mir Spain 3 0 82
  Lee Kangin South Korea 3 0 104
  Uijo Hwang South Korea 3 0 225
  Takefusa Kubo Japan 3 0 225
7. Matheus Cunha Brazil 2 1 293
  Henry Martin Mexico 2 1 300
  Mikel Oyarzabal Spain 2 1 352
  Ragnar Ache Germany 2 0 195
  Alexis Vega Mexico 2 0 227
  Nadiem Amiri Germany 2 0 235
  Sami Alnaji Saudi Arabia 2 0 241
  Chris Wood New Zealand 2 0 270

Note: 36 players tied with 1 goal scored

The list of top scorers from recent men’s Olympic tournaments features some of the most lethal strikers in international soccer history, from Chilean legend Ivan Zamorano to Argentina attacking stars Carlos Tevez and Hernan Crespo. U.S.-born Giuseppe Rossi, who represented Italy, led the 2008 edition with four goals.

Current Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry led the goal-scoring chart at the last men’s Olympic tournament with six tallies in Germany’s run to a silver medal. 

Below is the list of leading marksmen at each of the men’s Olympic tournaments since 1992, the first edition that featured under-23 players.

Olympic top scorers since 1992

Year Player Team Goals
1992 Andrzej Juskowiak Poland 7
1996 Hernan Crespo Argentina 6
  Bebeto Brazil 6
2000 Ivan Zamorano Chile 6
2004 Carlos Tevez Argentina 8
2008 Giuseppe Rossi Italy 4
2012 Leandro Damiao Brazil 6
2016 Serge Gnabry Germany 6