Since it’s rebranding from the European Cup in 1992, the Champion League has witnessed some great players and extraordinary goal scorers. At PledgeSports we’re listing some of the iconic names in world football past and present who lead the way in the top Champions League Goal scorers list. Check out this report –
45 Goals – Robert Lewandowski
With 70 appearances in the UEFA Champions League since 2011, Lewandowski has always been a goal treat. He started his goal surge at Borussia Dortmund before moving to arch rivals Bayern Munich in 2014. With 45 goals in 70 games, see’s an impressive goal to game ratio for the Polish no.9.
46 Goals – Filippo Inzaghi
The Italian legend “Pippo” won two UEFA Champions League titles (2003, 2007) and scored an impressive 46 goals during his time. He has 70 goals in all European club competitions!
48 Goals – Andriy Shevchenko
After winning the UEFA Champions League in 2003 with Milan, he was also an UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2005 and 2008. Andriy is Ukraines most famous footballer who excelled at the highest level. Not to mention he won the Ballon D’Or in 2004.
48 Goals – Zlatan Ibrahimović
The Big Swede is a legend in many clubs around Europe. He played with both Milans, Barcelona, PSG and also Manchester United.
50 Goals – Thierry Henry
Henry is one of footballs greatest assets, playing his glory days with Arsenal then moving on to Barcelona, Thierry enjoyed his time in the Champions League. With 50 goals in the competition, Henry remains 6th on the list of top Champions League goal scorers.
55 Goals – Karim Benzema
Averaging a goal ever 2 games, Benzema has proven to be a great player for Real Madrid after moving from French side Lyon in 2009.
56 Goals – Ruud van Nistelrooy
Scoring 249 goals in his playing career, Ruud Van Nistelrooy was an United and Madrid legend. He scored 56 goals in the Champions League in only 77 games. Incredible!
71 Goals – Raúl González
One of Madrid’s greatest ever strikers is the iconic Raúl. He won 3 Champions League trophies with Los Blancos in 16 year spell with the club.
123 Goals – Lionel Messi
The 7 time Ballon D’Or winner and one of the greatest footballers to play the game is Lionel Messi. Messi unlike majority of the rest has entered triple figures in the amount of goals scored in the Champions League. Only one man is ahead of him.
140 Goals – Cristiano Ronaldo
With 136 goals in 152 games and counting since 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time top Champions League goalscorer. A 5 time Ballor D’Or winner and three time Champions League winner sees Ronaldo as one of the greatest players ever. It is a privilege to have both Messi and Ronaldo playing in their peak at one time.
Ronaldo also has the Euro Championship record, he has scored nine goals across an 21 games in four separate Euro Championships, helping Portugal win Euro 2016. With the recent Euro 2021 championship and his latest move to Manchester United we can only expect lot’s more to come from him and the other side of the “big two” in football – Messi
Messi and Ronaldo are so far of everyone else, we thought we’d share this to show the domination in Champions League football since 2007!
2018/19: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 12
2017/18: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 15
2016/17: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 12
2015/16: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 16
2014/15: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 10
2013/14: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 17
2012/13: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – 12
2011/12: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 14
2010/11: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 12
2009/10: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 8
2008/09: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 9
2007/08: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 8
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