World Cup Records

Two players share the record for playing in the most World Cups: Mexico's Antonio Carbajal (1950–1966) and Germany's Lothar Matthäus (1982–1998) both played in five tournaments. However, Matthäus has played the most World Cup matches overall with 25 appearances.


Miroslav Klose of Germany (2002–2014) is the all-time top scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals.


France's Just Fontaine holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup with 13 goal in the 1958 tournament.


Brazil's Pelé is the only player to have won three World Cup winners' medals (1958, 1962, and 1970).


Germany has played the most World Cup matches (106), appeared in the most finals (8), semi-finals (13), quarter-finals (16), and scored the most World Cup goals (224), while Brazil has appeared in the most World Cups (20).


The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and is now the most viewed sporting event in the world.


The most attended match in World Cup history was the final in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1950 when the total gate attendance was 171,772 people.


715.1 million individuals watched the final match of the 2006 tournament (a ninth of the entire world population).