10 Players With the Most Champions League Goals

As the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League moves through the knockout rounds, Europe’s biggest clubs and players are getting ever closer to the ultimate prize.

Now in its 29th season since re-branding from the old European Cup in 1992, some of the finest goalscorers ever to have played the sport have graced the pitch in the competition.

Here’s a look at the top 10 in Champions League history…

Updated: 23rd October 2019

10. Filippo Inzaghi (46)

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 04:  Fiippo Inzaghi of AC Milan celebrates scoring the winner during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between AC Milan and Lyon at the San Siro Stadium on April 4,  2006 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Clubs: Juventus, AC Milan

First Goal: Juventus 5-1 Feyenoord, 17th September 1997

Filippo Inzaghi scored 17 goals in his first 26 Champions League appearances with Juventus, including a hat-trick in the away leg of a quarter final tie against what was a very strong Dynamo Kyiv side in 1998. He later scored both Milan goals in the 2007 final against Liverpool.

9. Andriy Shevchenko (48)

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 10:  Andriy Shevchenko of Milan celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League, Second Leg match between AC Milan and Sparta Prague at The San Siro on March 10, 2004 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Clubs: Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea

First Goal: Dynamo Kyiv 1-4 Bayern Munich, 7th December 1994

Although a Champions League winner in 2003, Andriy Shevchenko’s best individual seasons in the competition came in the 1998/99 and 2005/06 campaigns when he scored eight goals for Dynamo Kyiv and nine goals for AC Milan respectively, reaching the semi finals both times.

8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (48)

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final (first leg) between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City FC at Parc Des Princes on april 06, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Clubs: Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United

First Goal: Ajax 2-1 Lyon, 17th September 2002

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace on his Champions League debut for Ajax against Lyon back in 2002 and scored another 46 times over the 14 years that followed. His first season out of the elite competition after that maiden appearance didn’t come until 2016/17.

7. Thierry Henry (50)

Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC:  Frenchman Thierry Henry of FC Arsenal celebrates after he scored against Sparta Prague in their UEFA Champions League, group B, soccer match  between Sparta Prague and FC Arsenal in Toyota Arena in Prague, 18 October, 2005. AFP   PHOTO    MICHAL CIZEK  (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Clubs: Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona

First Goal: Monaco 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen, 1st October 1997

Thierry Henry surprisingly never bettered the seven goals he scored for Monaco in his debut Champions League season in 1997/98, although he could always be relied upon to find the net for both Arsenal and Barcelona. It wasn’t until 2009 that he finally lifted the trophy.

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy (56)

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM:  Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrates after scoring in a UEFA Champions League clash at Old Trafford, Manchester 18 September 2002. (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Clubs: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid

First Goal: Kaiserslautern 3-1 PSV Eindhoven, 4th November 1998

Ruud van Nistelrooy was Champions League top scorer in three different seasons during his time with Manchester United – 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05. During the 2002/03 campaign in particular, he scored 12 times in just nine appearances.

5. Robert Lewandowski (56)

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring his teams fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Besiktas at Allianz Arena on February 20, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Clubs: Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich

First Goal: Olympiacos 3-1 Borussia Dortmund, 19th October 2011

Although still to win his first Champions League title, Robert Lewandowski became the third fastest player in the competition’s history to reach a half century of goals when he scored his 50th against Benfica. The Pole reached the impressive milestone on his 77th appearance.

4. Karim Benzema (60)

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Clubs: Lyon, Real Madrid

First Goal: Lyon 2-1 Rosenborg, 6th December 2005

Karim Benzema arguably doesn’t get the credit he deserves as a four-time Champions League winner and fourth highest scorer in the history of the competition. The Frenchman hasn’t scored fewer than four European goals in a full season since 2009/10.

3. Raul (71)

19 Apr 2000:  Raul of Real Madrid celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.  Real Madrid won the match 3-2.  Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport

Clubs: Real Madrid, Schalke 04

First Goal: Real Madrid 6-1 Ferencvaros, 18th October 1995

For many years, Real Madrid legend Raul was the Champions League’s all-time top scorer, and the top goalscorer in European competition with his tally of 71. He scored a hat-trick on his debut, reached double figures at his best in 1999/00 and was also a three-time winner.

2. Lionel Messi (112)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their 3rd goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Club: Barcelona

First Goal: Barcelona 5-0 Panathinaikos, 2nd November 2005

Lionel Messi had scored exactly 100 Champions League goals for Barcelona prior to this season and has now got 105 to his name. After a debut in 2004, he netted for the first time a year later and hasn’t looked back, with four trophies in his collection to date.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (127)

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after opening the scoring during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Juventus vs Manchester United at the Allianz stadium in Turin on November 7, 2018. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Clubs: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus

First Goal: Manchester United 7-1 Roma, 10th April 2007

Finishing as outright Champions League top scorer in five of the last six seasons, scoring no fewer than 12 in any of those years and including a record 17-goal haul in 2013/14, has made Cristiano Ronaldo comfortably the most prolific marksman in the competition’s storied history.

Tallies sourced from the official UEFA website; excludes goals scored in qualifiers and are accurate as of 29th April 2019


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