The Champions League has featured a number of the finest 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 comparable to Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated through the 1990s and 2000s, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken the artwork of scoring to an entire new degree.
Objective takes a have a look at the all-time prime scorers within the competitors’s historical past, courting again to the inaugural European Cup in 1955.
Who’s the all-time Champions League prime scorer?
As you’ll be able to see from our desk under, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest 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 remainder, with Madrid icon Raul following in third place. Karim Benzema is the fourth finest Champions League goalscorer of all time, whereas Bayern star Robert Lewandowski rounds out the highest 5.
Champions League/European Cup all-time prime 20 goalscorers:
Objectives per recreation
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Alfredo di Stefano
Alessandro Del Piero
*Right as of August eight, 2020
**The checklist takes into consideration knowledge from 1955-present
***Gamers in daring are nonetheless energetic
The composition of the all-time goalscorers checklist is generally made up of gamers who’re taking part in or performed within the fashionable 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 checklist above, 15 of them performed from the mid 1990s on.
Alfredo Di Stefano Actual Madrid
Nonetheless, regardless of that, two gamers who performed within the pre-Champions League period (when the match was often known as the European Cup) nonetheless determine prominently, with former Actual Madrid star Alfredo di Stefano and Benfica icon Eusebio that includes in and across the prime 10.
Ferenc Puskas , who shone for Actual Madrid within the 1950s and 1960s, is additionally within the prime 20. Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller is within the prime 20 and no participant comes remotely near his phenomenal goals-per-game ratio of zero.95.
Puskas boasted a goal-to-game ratio of zero.85 and Di Stefano’s was zero.84, whereas Messi’s is at present zero.82, which is undoubtedly the most effective within the fashionable period.