Who is Belgium's leading all-time top goal scorer? Lukaku, Hazard and the Red Devils' greatest strikers

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Belgium have had many great players representing them internationally, with their so-called Golden Generation of the 2010s in particular making waves.

There's far more to Belgium than their current generation of superstars, though.

Sure, we all know of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens, but what about Marc Wilmots, Belgium's greatest goal-scorer at the World Cup? Or Or all-time greats such as Paul Van Himst and Jan Ceulemans?

Or even Wesley Sonck, who scored against Spain in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, thus ending Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina's 710 minute joint-undefeated streak.

But who is Belgium's most lethal attacker ever?

Let's take a look!

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    1Romelu Lukaku | 68 goals

    The greatest goalscorer Belgium has produced with 68 goals so far, Romelu Lukaku has been part of the national team setup ever since making his debut back in 2010 against Croatia.

    His first goal for the Red Devils came against Russia in November 2010 as part of a brace, while Lukaku scored four goals at the World Cup in 2018 in Belgium's run to the semi-final in what will have been another personal career highlight.

    At the same tournament, he became the first player since Diego Maradona to score two or more goals in consecutive World Cup games, after he scored twice against Panama and Tunisia respectively.

    The former Manchester United striker was the star for Belgium in what was an underwhelming performance by the team at Euro 2020 as he was the only player from his team selected for the UEFA Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament.

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    2Eden Hazard | 33 goals

    Part of Belgium's golden generation for over a decade, Eden Hazard made his debut against Luxembourg, coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute for Wesley Sonck.

    The Chelsea great scored his first goal against Kazakhstan in October 2011, almost three years after making his debut for the national team.

    Hazard has a total of 33 goals so far for Belgium, making him the second-highest goal scorer for his country.

    He also captained Belgium at the 2018 World Cup, leading them to a third-place finish and winning the Silver Ball.

  • 3Bernard Voorhoof | 30 goals

    Third on the list of Belgium's all-time top goal scorers is Bernard Voorhoof.

    Voorhoof is one of five known players to have appeared in all three pre-war World Cup tournaments.

    In 1934, he scored twice in the 2-5 defeat to Germany, the first goals Belgium scored at the World Cup.

    The striker was the highest goal scorer for Belgium when he retired, until Paul Van Himst equaled his tally in 1972.

    Voorhoof scored 30 goals in just 61 games for the Red Devils.

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    4Paul Van Himst | 30 goals

    Paul Van Himst made his debut for Belgium on October 19, 1960 in a match against Sweden and quickly became a mainstay in the national team.

    He was part of the Belgian side that finished third at Euro 1972 and amassed 30 goals in 81 appearances for the Red Devils, with his most-clinical performance coming against Israel when he scored a hat-trick in their World Cup qualifier in November 1965.

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    5Marc Wilmots | 28 goals

    With 28 goals in 70 caps for Belgium, Wilmots was part of four World Cup squads for the Red Devils in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002.

    His goals at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups made him Belgium's leading goalscorer in World Cup history.

    The Belgian attacking midfielder will forever be known for the moment he scored a goal against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup round of 16 that was disallowed due to a "phantom foul" on Roque Junior.

    Wilmots was named as one of the seven reserves in the 2002 World Cup All-Star Team, consisting of legends like Oliver Kahn, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Hierro, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ballack, Ronaldo and Miroslav Klose.

  • 6Jef Mermans | 28 goals

    Part of Belgium's World Cup 1954 squad, Jef Mermans scored 28 goals in 56 caps for his country.

    Mermans was nicknamed 'The Bomber' due to his powerful strikes on goal.

    At club level, he scored as many as 449 goals in 556 games for three clubs, Tubantia FAC, Anderlecht and Merksem SC between 1937 to 1960.

    A unique fact about the striker is that Merksem SC's stadium is now named after him as the Stade Jef Mermans.

  • 7Robert De Veen | 26 goals

    Seventh on the list of Belgium's all time top goal-scorers in history, Robert De Veen scored a brace on his debut against France on April 22, 1906.

    He featured in 23 international games for Belgium, scoring 26 goals, but De Veen never played a single major international tournament for the Red Devils, with all his goals coming in friendly games.

  • 8Raymond Braine | 26 goals

    One of the great Belgian players, Raymond Braine is the eighth highest goal-scorer in the country's history.

    He featured in 51 matches, scoring 26 goals between 1925 and 1939.

    The striker played for Beerschot VAC at club level, scoring 210 goals in 255 appearances in his two stints there, winning the first division title six times.

    He also featured for Sparta Prague and won two league titles.

    Before the 1934 World Cup, Braine received a huge monetary offer from the Czechoslovak FA to become a citizen of Czechoslovakia, which he turned down.

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    9Michy Batshuayi | 26 goals

    After snubbing Congo to represent Belgium at an international level, Michy Batshuayi made his debut on March 28, 2015 in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus.

    The former Chelsea forward came on as a substitute in the 77th minute and scored from outside the box three minutes later.

    His performances saw him selected for Euro 2016, where he featured in the round of 16 against Hungary, scoring on his first touch in the game Belgium won 4-0.

    Batshuayi also featured for Belgium at the World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020 and has scored 26 goals to date.

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    10Wesley Sonck | 24 goals

    Tenth on the list of top international goal scorers for Belgium is Wesley Sonck.

    The striker scored 24 goals in 55 games for the national team, two of which came against Croatia in Belgium's 2-1 win in the Euro 2004 qualifiers.

    Remarkable fact about Sonck is that in October 2008, he scored Belgium's only goal in a game against Spain in the 2010 World Cup qualifier, thus ending legendary goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina's undefeated streak amounting to 710 minutes.

  • 11Belgium's all-time top goal scorers

    Position

    Player

    Games

    Goals

    Belgium career

    1.

    Romelu Lukaku

    102

    68

    2010 - present

    2.

    Eden Hazard

    122

    33

    2008 - present

    3.

    Bernard Voorhoof

    61

    30

    1928 - 1940

    4.

    Paul Van Himst

    81

    30

    1960 - 1974

    5.

    Marc Wilmots

    70

    28

    1990 - 2002

    6.

    Joseph Mermans

    56

    28

    1945 - 1956

    7.

    Roy Braine

    54

    26

    1925 - 1939

    8.

    Robert De Veen

    23

    26

    1906 - 1913

    9.

    Michy Batshuayi

    47

    26

    2015 - present

    10.

    Wesley Sonck

    55

    24

    2001 - 2010