The Champions League is one of the most-awaited and prestigious leagues in the world. This competition has a history of amazing scorers to give birth to a legend. The best clubs from all over Europe face each other making the Champions League the most prestigious league of the other leagues.
The Champions League has featured some of the best goalscorers in history. As the highest caste competition between clubs in Europe, the champions league stage has been decorated by many football icons.
Sensational players such as Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated during the 1990s and 2000s, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi displayed the art of scoring goals to a completely different level. And here’s a look at the top 5 all time goal scorers in Champions League history (excluding qualifying):
5. Ruud van Nistelrooy (56 Goals)
The Dutchman is an attacker who is highly admired while strengthening Manchester United. Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Nistelrooy developed into a deadly attacker in the penalty box.
In 73 matches, Nistelrooy succeed to get 56 goals. His ability to solve various opportunities in the penalty box was the reason Nistelrooy scored so many goals in the Champions League.
4. Karim Benzema (60 Goals)
Karim Benzema has always been the first choice player for Real Madrid for many years and has survived despite seeing many of his colleagues leave. It can be said that he did not get proper credit as a Champions League winner four times and the fourth-highest scorer in the history of the competition.
The Frenchman has never scored less than four European goals in a full season since 2009/10. Benzema has scored 60 goals in 112 appearances in the Champions League and meanwhile has achieved a lot of success with Los Blancos. He even scored in last year’s final to help Madrid win the third CL title in a row.
3. Raul Gonzalez (71 Goals)
In third place is Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez. The Spaniard is the king of the Champions League and has remained the top scorer in the competition for a long time before two phenomenal players came to the surface.
In 142 matches, Raul Gonzalez succeeds to get 71 goals. Although not having a height or speed that is above average, but the technical ability and high scoring instincts make Raul one of the biggest legends in European football.
2. Lionel Messi (112 Goals)
And these are two phenomenal players who stepped aside Raul Gonzalez’s goal. Lionel Messi finished second on this list with a score of 108 goals from 131 matches. What else can we say about Messi. He is a sensational player who is considered to be one of the best players of all time.
Together with Barcelona, Messi really made the world football’s eyes stunned. His ability to score goals and magic skills on the pitch amazed all spectators. So far he has won four titles in the Champions League.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo (126 Goals)
And in the first place is, of course, the king of the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player won his first Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008. And after moving to Real Madrid, he successfully won four other titles.
So far Ronaldo has scored 124 goals in 160 matches. In the latest match, he managed to score a hat-trick to help Juventus achieve an extraordinary ‘comeback’ against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
Full List of Champions League Top Scorers All Time (excluding qualifying)
|No||Players||Goals scored in Champions League||Appearances|
|5||Ruud Van Nistelrooy||56||73|
|8||Alfredo Di Stefano||49||58|
|14||Alessandro Del Piero||42||89|
UEFA Champions League top scorers by season (group stage to final)
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, 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
2006/07: Kaká (AC Milan) – 10
2005/06: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) – 9
2004/05: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) – 8
2003/04: Fernando Morientes (Monaco) – 9
2002/03: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) – 12
2001/02: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) – 10
2000/01: Raúl González (Real Madrid) – 7
1999/2000: Mário Jardel (Porto), Rivaldo (Barcelona), Raúl González (Real Madrid) – 10
1998/99: Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) – 8
1997/98: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) – 10
1996/97: Milinko Pantić (Atlético Madrid) – 5
1995/96: Jari Litmanen (Ajax) – 9
1994/95: George Weah (Paris Saint-Germain) – 7
1993/94: Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona) – 5
1992/93: Franck Sauzée (Marseille) – 5