Here's a look at the nine all time goal scorers in Copa America
While the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Diego Forlan, and Luis Suarez have impressed at recent tournaments, none of them feature in this list of the 9 most prolific Copa America top scorers of all time. Let's have a look at the All-time top scorers at the Copa America:-
1. Norberto Méndez (17 goals, Argentina)
The former Argentina & Huracan legend, Norberto Doroteo Méndez is the joint all-time highest scorer of the Copa America. He scored 17 goals in the competition and helped Argentina lift three Copa America titles. Also the joint 10th highest goal scorer for La Albicelestes with a haul 19 goals in 31 games for Argentina.
2. Zizinho (17 goals, Brazil)
The Brazilian attacking midfielder scored 17 goals in Copa America and is the joint highest scorer in the tournament history alongside Norberto Mendez. The 1949 Copa America winner was also the Golden Ball winner in the 1950 World Cup (Brazil-runners up). Zizinho is most widely remembered for his performance at the 1950 World Cup when Brazil lost to Uruguay in the final. He scored 30 goals in 53 games for the national team. An adept player with a wide array of skills and expertise in both feet, Zizinho passed away due to a cardiac arrest in 2002.
3. Severino Varela (15 goals, Uruguay)
With just the one Copa title to his name, Uruguayan striker, Varela, is the joint third-highest scorer in the Copa America history with 15 goals (5 goals 1937, 5 goals in 1939 and 5 in 1942). Varela played 24 games for Germany and scored 19 goals. His exploits in front of goal were quite the big deal with loads of goals from dead ball situations. He passed away at the age of 81 in 1995.
4. Lolo Fernandez (15 goals, Peru)
Teodoro Fernández, nicknamed "Lolo", is regarded as one of the best players ever to play for La Blanquirrojas. He is the joint third highest scorer in the Copa America history with 15 goals alongside Varela. Won the Copa America with Peru in 1939 by beating Uruguay 2-1 in the final, which was arguably the best team in the world at that time and was the top scorer of the tournament with 7 goals while being adjudged as Player of the Tournament. He scored 24 goals for Peru in his national career and was the Golden Boot winner at the 1939 Copa America.
5. Gabriel Batistuta (13 goals, Argentina)
Perhaps one of the more familiar names on this list. Regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, ‘Batigol’ has scored 13 goals in Copa America tournaments (joint 5th highest). He won back to back Copa America titles with Argentina in 1991 & 1993 and was also the Golden Boot winner in 1991. The prolific hitman was also the joint top scorer at the 1995 Copa America in which Argentina lost to Brazil in the QFs on penalties. His all-time record of 54 goals in 77 games was surpassed by Lionel Messi during 2016 Copa America.
6. Ademir de Menezes (13 goals, Brazil)
Former Vasco da Gama & Selecao legend, Ademir is best known for his exploits in the 1950 World Cup and was also the top scorer of the tournament. He won the 1949 Copa America with Brazil and was adjudged as the best player of the tournament with a spectacular performance vs Paraguay in the final. 13 goals in 18 Copa appearances makes sure Ademir holds 5th place in the all-time scorers list.
7. Jair da Rosa Pinto (13 goals, Brazil)
Jair is the joint 5th highest scorer of Copa America with 13 goals. He formed a formidable trio with Zizinho & Ademir in the 1950 World Cup & made it to the World Cup all-star team of 1950. Won the Copa America with Brazil in 1949 and was the top scorer of the tournament. One of the first players to use the ‘free role’ in the most effective manner, he died of lung infection back in 2005.
8. Jose Manuel Moreno (13 goals, Argentina)
Moreno was part of the Argentina's winning squads at the Copa America tournaments in 1941, 1942 and 1947. He scored the 500th Copa America against Ecuador when he scored 4 more goals in that match, a Copa America record which he shares with Hector Scarone, Juan Marvezzi and Evaristo. That day, Argentina beat Ecuador 12-0, which is also the largest goal difference in a single Copa America match. He was the first footballer ever to win league titles in four different countries. Top scorer of 1942 edition & was adjudged as the best player of the 1947 edition. José Manuel Moreno scored 19 goals for Argentina in 34 appearances.
9. Hector Scarone (13 goals, Uruguay)
A legend in his own time, Hector Scarone was part of Uruguay's squads that won 4 Copa America titles (1917, 1923, 1924, and 1926), 2 Olympic Gold medals (1924, 1928) and a World Cup (1930). He is the most decorated player in this list and the joint 5th highest scorer in Copa America history alongside Batigol, Ademir, Jair & Jose Moreno (13 goals). Scored over 31 goals in 52 games for La Celeste.