Champions League all-time prime scorers – Ronaldo, Messi & UCL purpose kings

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:

Pos
Participant
Objectives
Appearances
Objectives per recreation
1
Cristiano Ronaldo
130
170
zero.76
2
Lionel Messi
115
142
zero.81
three
Raul
72
142
zero.5
5
Robert Lewandowski 
66
87
zero.76
four
Karim Benzema
65
120
zero.54
6
Ruud van Nistelrooy
56
73
zero.77
7
Thierry Henry
50
112
zero.45
eight
Alfredo di Stefano
49
58
zero.84
=9
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
48
120
zero.four
=9
Andriy Shevchenko
48
100
zero.63
=11
Eusebio
46
65
zero.71
=11
Filippo Inzaghi
46
81
zero.57
13
Didier Drogba
44
92
zero.48
14
Thomas Muller
44
112
zero.39
15
Alessandro Del Piero
42
89
zero.47
16
Sergio Aguero  
39
71
zero.55
=17
Ferenc Puskas
35
41
zero.85
=17
Neymar
35
57
zero.61
=17
Edinson Cavani
35
62
zero.56
20
Gerd Muller
34
35
zero.95

*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.

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