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?
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|
|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|
|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.
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.