Champions League all-time top scorers – Ronaldo, Messi & UCL goal kings

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Lionel Messi Barcelona
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The Champions League has featured a number of the greatest goalscorers in historical past.

Because the premier membership competitors in Europe and arguably the world, it’s a stage that has been graced by numerous icons of soccer.

Hanging sensations similar to Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated in the course of the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken the artwork of scoring to an entire new degree.

Goal takes a take a look at the all-time top scorers within the competitors’s historical past, courting again to the inaugural European Cup in 1955.

Who’s the all-time Champions League top scorer?

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Atletico Madrid Champions League

As you possibly can see from our desk under, Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer within the historical past of the Champions League (together with the European Cup) and the Actual Madrid star is intently adopted by his arch-rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

There’s a vital gulf between that pair and the remaining, with Madrid icon Raul following in third place. Former Manchester United ahead Ruud van Nistelrooy is the fourth greatest Champions League goalscorer of all time, whereas Karim Benzema rounds out the top 5.

Champions League/European Cup all-time top 20 goalscorers:

*Right as of February 15, 2018
**The record takes into consideration knowledge from 1955-current
***Gamers in daring are nonetheless lively

Pos Participant Objectives Video games Objectives per recreation
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 116 147 zero.seventy eight
2 Lionel Messi ninety seven 121 zero.eight
three Raul seventy one 142 zero.5
four Ruud van Nistelrooy fifty six seventy three zero.seventy seven
5 Karim Benzema fifty three ninety nine zero.fifty four
6 Thierry Henry 50 112 zero.forty five
7 Alfredo di Stefano forty nine fifty eight zero.eighty four
=eight Andriy Shevchenko forty eight one hundred zero.forty eight
=eight Zlatan Ibrahimovic forty eight one hundred twenty zero.four
10 Eusebio forty seven sixty three zero.seventy five
eleven Filippo Inzaghi forty six eighty one zero.fifty seven
12 Didier Drogba forty four ninety two zero.forty eight
=thirteen Robert Lewandowski forty three sixty six zero.sixty five
=thirteen Alessandro Del Piero forty two 89 zero.forty seven
15 Thomas Muller forty ninety three zero.forty three
sixteen Ferenc Puskas 35 forty one zero.eighty five
17 Gerd Muller 34 35 zero.ninety five
18 Fernando Morientes 33 ninety three zero.35
19 Francisco Gento 32 88 zero.36
20 Edinson Cavani 31 fifty one zero.sixty one

The composition of the all-time goalscorers listing is usually made up of gamers who’re enjoying or performed within the trendy Champions League period (i.e. 1992 onwards) which has added extra contintental video games to the fashionable day calendar. Particularly, of the 20 gamers within the listing above, 15 of them performed from the mid Nineteen Nineties on.

Alfredo Di Stefano Real Madrid

Nevertheless, regardless of that, two gamers who performed within the pre-Champions League period (when the event was generally known as the European Cup) nonetheless make the top 10, with former Actual Madrid star Alfredo di Stefano and Benfica icon Eusebio that includes.

Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento, who shone for Actual Madrid within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, are additionally within the top 20. Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller is within the top 20 and no participant comes remotely near his phenomenal objectives-per-recreation ratio of zero.ninety five.

Puskas boasted a goal-to-recreation ratio of zero.eighty five and Di Stefano’s was zero.eighty four, whereas Messi’s is at present zero.eighty two, which is undoubtedly the most effective within the trendy period.