A long-awaited date for the soccer community is getting close. The Gold Cup 2021 will kick off on July 10th in what will be a new edition of Concacaf's greatest tournament. Since its new format in 1991, several players have taken part in the region's most important competition.
However, not all of them were able to leave their mark in the North American, Central American, and Caribbean's ultimate contest. In its 15 editions, only some of the best were able to find the net multiple times.
With the beginning of the 2021 Gold Cup around the corner, it's a good time to take a look at the records and stats of the tournament. Therefore, check out the all-time leading goalscorers of the competition.
Concacaf Gold Cup all-time top scorers
When we talk about Gold Cup, various names from different teams and years could come up to mind. However, some of them won more recognition for their performances in this tournament. For instance, the USMNT legend, Landon Donovan, who is the Gold Cup's all-time leading goalscorer.
The former LA Galaxy superstar's record seems unlikely to be broken soon, as his 18 goals are comfortably topping the list. However, some active players have also been on target frequently, and they hope to do so again in the upcoming edition.
|1. Landon Donovan (United States)||18|
|2. Clint Dempsey (United States)||13|
|3. Luis Roberto Alves (Mexico)||12|
|Andrés Guardado (Mexico)||12|
|4. Blas Pérez (Panama)||11|
|Luis Tejada (Panama)||11|
|5. Carlos Pavón (Honduras)||9|
|Rodolfo Zelaya (El Salvador)||9|
|Walter Centeno (Costa Rica)||9|
|Erick Wynalda (United States)||9|
|6. Paulo Wanchope (Costa Rica)||8|
|Brian McBride (United States)||8|
|Carlos Costly (Honduras)||8|
|Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala)||8|
|Gabriel Torres (Panama)||8|
|7. Javier Hernández (Mexico)||7|
|Raúl Jiménez (Mexico)||7|
|Jared Borgetti (Mexico)||7|
At least three of these players would take part in the 2021 Gold Cup. Andrés Guardado, Rodolfo Zelaya, and Gabriel Torres will probably be called up by their national teams, although it's unlikely they tie Donovan this year.
Meanwhile, whether Chicharito Hernández and Raúl Jiménez will be on Mexico's roster remains uncertain. The LA Galaxy figure has not been in Gerardo Martino's plans lately, and the Wolverhampton striker has been off the pitch since November 2020 after suffering a fractured skull.