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Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time Champions League top-scorer

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is the UEFA Champions League top-scorer of all time, with 140 goals to his name in 181 appearances in the European club competition. He leads his archrival, Lionel Messi, by 15 goals in the elite competition. Cristiano Ronaldo has been a Champions League winner on five different occasions with two clubs – Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The Portuguese star is currently the leading goalscorer in Champions League history, having scored 21 goals for Premier League side Manchester United, 105 goals for La Liga side Real Madrid and 14 for Series A club Juventus CF in the European competition.

Below is the total list of the top-50 all-time top goalscorers in the competition, since it started as the European Cup in 1955. 

Champions League top-scorers of all-time

PlayerGoalsGamesTeams (No. of Games)
Cristiano Ronaldo140181Manchester United (21)Real Madrid (105)Juventus (14)
Lionel Messi125154Barcelona (120)Paris Saint-Germain (5)
Robert Lewandowski82102Borussia Dortmund (17)Bayern Munich (65)
Karim Benzema76135Lyon (12)Real Madrid (64)
Raúl71142Real Madrid (66)Schalke 04 (5)
Ruud van Nistelrooy5673PSV Eindhoven (8)Manchester United (35)Real Madrid (13)
Thierry Henry50112Monaco (7)Arsenal (35)Barcelona (8)
Thomas Müller50130Bayern Munich
Alfredo Di Stéfano4958Real Madrid
Andriy Shevchenko48100Dynamo Kyiv (15)Milan (29)Chelsea (4)
Zlatan Ibrahimović48124Ajax (6)Juventus (3)Inter Milan (6)Barcelona (4)Milan (9)Paris Saint-Germain (20)
Filippo Inzaghi4681Juventus (17)Milan (29)
Didier Drogba4492Marseille (5)Chelsea (36)Galatasaray (3)
Alessandro Del Piero4289Juventus
Neymar4173[5]Barcelona (21)Paris Saint-Germain (20)
Sergio Agüero4179Atlético Madrid (5)Manchester City (36)
Ferenc Puskás3641[6]Budapest Honvéd (1)Real Madrid (35)
Mohamed Salah3564[7]Basel (2)Roma (1)Liverpool (32)
Edinson Cavani3569[8]Napoli (5)Paris Saint-Germain (30)
Gerd Müller3435[6]Bayern Munich
Fernando Morientes3393Real Madrid (17)Monaco (9)Liverpool (1)Valencia (6)
Kylian Mbappé3151Monaco (6)Paris Saint-Germain (25)
Arjen Robben31110PSV Eindhoven (3)Chelsea (2)Real Madrid (1)Bayern Munich (25)
Samuel Eto’o3078Mallorca (1)Barcelona (16)Inter Milan (10)Chelsea (3)
Wayne Rooney3085Manchester United
Kaká3086Milan (25)Real Madrid (5)
Francisco Gento3089Real Madrid
David Trezeguet2958Monaco (4)Juventus (25)
Roy Makaay2961Deportivo La Coruña (12)Bayern Munich (17)
Patrick Kluivert2971Ajax (9)Barcelona (20)
Antoine Griezmann2975Atlético Madrid (25)Barcelona (4)
Jean-Pierre Papin2837Marseille (19)Milan (7)Bayern Munich (2)
Ryan Giggs28145Manchester United
Luis Suárez2772Ajax (1)Barcelona (25)Atlético Madrid (1)
Rivaldo2773Barcelona (22)Milan (2)Olympiacos (3)
Mario Gómez2644VfB Stuttgart (3)Bayern Munich (23)
Mário Jardel2546Porto (19)Galatasaray (6)
Robin van Persie2559Arsenal (18)Manchester United (7)
Edin Džeko2561VfL Wolfsburg (4)Manchester City (3)Roma (15)Inter Milan (3)
Hernán Crespo2565Parma (2)Lazio (2)Inter Milan (11)Chelsea (4)Milan (6)
José Altafini2428Milan (20)Juventus (4)
Marco Simone2446Milan (15)Paris Saint-Germain (3)Monaco (6)
José Augusto2456Benfica
Giovane Élber2469Bayern Munich (21)Lyon (3)
Gonzalo Higuaín2483Real Madrid (8)Napoli (4)Juventus (12)
Luís Figo24103Barcelona (7)Real Madrid (16)Inter Milan (1)
Paul Scholes24124Manchester United
Erling Haaland2319Red Bull Salzburg (8)Borussia Dortmund (15)
Jari Litmanen2359Ajax (20)Liverpool (3)
Álvaro Morata2365Real Madrid (4)Juventus (15)Chelsea (1)Atlético Madrid (3)
Frank Lampard23105Chelsea (23)

Lionel Messi | 125 Goals | 0.81 goals per game

While Lionel Messi sits second on this list of all-time top scorers of the UEFA Champions League, the left-footed magician has a brilliant average of 0.81 goals per game. Also, the former Barcelona star has played 15 games fewer than Cristiano Ronaldo. Having spent a large chunk of his time with Barcelona, Messi has scored the most goals (120) in the Champions League for the Catalan club.

Robert Lewandowski | 82 Goals | 0.8 goals per game

Though not at his prime for as long as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Bundesliga star Robert Lewandowski has quickly caught up with the two legends with his prolific goal-scoring abilities. The 2020-21 season was momentous in the Polish international’s career, where he broke Bundesliga top scorer Gerd Muller‘s record of scoring 40 goals in a single season. That was also the season when Lewandowski won the UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich.

Karim Benzema | 76 Goals | 0.56 goals per game

Despite staying in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo for a major part of his club career, the Real Madrid forward has been quite efficient in front of the goal for the Whites. A centre-forward, who excels in falling deep to trigger a link-up play with the wide forwards, Benzema has done brilliantly to bag 76 Champions League goals to his name. 

Champions League top-scorer: By season

1955–56Miloš MilutinovićPartizan8
1956–57Dennis ViolletManchester United9
1957–58Alfredo Di StéfanoReal Madrid10
1958–59Just FontaineReims10
1959–60Ferenc PuskásReal Madrid12
1960–61José ÁguasBenfica11
1961–62Heinz Strehl1. FC Nürnberg8
Alfredo Di StéfanoReal Madrid
Justo TejadaReal Madrid
Ferenc PuskásReal Madrid
1962–63José AltafiniMilan14
1963–64Vladica KovačevićPartizan7
Sandro MazzolaInter Milan
Ferenc PuskásReal Madrid
José TorresBenfica
1965–66Flórián AlbertFerencváros7
1966–67Jürgen PiepenburgVorwärts Berlin6
Paul Van HimstAnderlecht
1968–69Denis LawManchester United9
1969–70Mick JonesLeeds United8
1970–71Antonis AntoniadisPanathinaikos10
1971–72Johan CruyffAjax5
Antal DunaiÚjpest
Lou MacariCeltic
Silvester TakačStandard Liège
1972–73Gerd MüllerBayern Munich11
1973–74Gerd MüllerBayern Munich8
1974–75Gerd MüllerBayern Munich5
Eduard MarkarovArarat Yerevan
1975–76Jupp HeynckesBorussia Mönchengladbach6
1976–77Gerd MüllerBayern Munich5
Franco CucinottaZürich
1977–78Allan SimonsenBorussia Mönchengladbach5
1978–79Claudio SulserGrasshopper11
1979–80Søren LerbyAjax10
1980–81Terry McDermottLiverpool6
Graeme SounessLiverpool
Karl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern Munich
1981–82Dieter HoeneßBayern Munich7
1982–83Paolo RossiJuventus6
1983–84Viktor SokolDinamo Minsk6
1984–85Torbjörn NilssonIFK Göteborg7
Michel PlatiniJuventus
1985–86Torbjörn NilssonIFK Göteborg6
1986–87Borislav CvetkovićRed Star Belgrade7
1987–88Gheorghe HagiSteaua București4
Jean-Marc FerreriBordeaux
Rabah MadjerPorto
Ally McCoistRangers
MíchelReal Madrid
Rui ÁguasBenfica
1988–89Marco van BastenMilan10
1989–90RomárioPSV Eindhoven6
Jean-Pierre PapinMarseille
1990–91Peter PacultTirol Innsbruck6
Jean-Pierre PapinMarseille
1991–92Sergei YuranBenfica7
Jean-Pierre PapinMarseille
1992–93RomárioPSV Eindhoven7
1993–94Ronald KoemanBarcelona8
Wynton RuferWerder Bremen
1994–95George WeahParis Saint-Germain7
1995–96Jari LitmanenAjax9
1996–97Milinko PantićAtlético Madrid5
1997–98Alessandro Del PieroJuventus10
1998–99Andriy ShevchenkoDynamo Kyiv8
Dwight YorkeManchester United
1999–2000Mário JardelPorto10
RaúlReal Madrid
2000–01RaúlReal Madrid7
2001–02Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United10
2002–03Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United12
2003–04Fernando MorientesMonaco9
2004–05Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United8
2005–06Andriy ShevchenkoMilan9
2007–08Cristiano RonaldoManchester United8
2008–09Lionel MessiBarcelona9
2009–10Lionel MessiBarcelona8
2010–11Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2011–12Lionel MessiBarcelona14
2012–13Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2013–14Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid17
Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
Lionel MessiBarcelona
2015–16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid16
2016–17Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2017–18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid15
2018–19Lionel MessiBarcelona12
2019–20Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich15
2020–21Erling HaalandBorussia Dortmund10


Who was the UEFA Champions League top scorer 2020/21?

The UEFA Champions League top scorer for the 2020-21 season was Borussia Dortmund star, Erling Haaland. The towering Norwegian centre-forward had scored 10 goals as Dortmund had ended their campaign against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16. 

Who is the UEFA Champions League top scorer 2019-20?

The UEFA Champions League top scorer for the 2019/20 season was Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international had scored 15 goals in total as Bayern Munich had gone on to win the European competition by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final match.

Who is the  UEFA Champions League top scorer in the 2021-22 season?

Ajax forward Sabastian Haller is the UEFA Champions League top scorer in the ongoing 2021-22 season with 10 goals from six games. He is closely followed by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (9), Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah (7) and RB Leipzig‘s Christopher Nkunku.  The competition resumes on February 16 with the Round of 16 stages.

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