Top Scorers in The Champions League 2021/2022

Top scorers in the Champions League: The Champions League is the football tournament par excellence at club level, and the players who score goals in it are legendary names. We review the list with the top historical scorers of the Champions League and the old European Cup. 

The Champions League is the competition par excellence worldwide, as far as the club category is concerned. Although we could consider that the Club World Cup is still a championship of a higher nature (when facing, among others, the champion of America and the champion of Europe), the truth is that the most posh football tournament on our planet is the League of Champions.

Classification of The Top Scorers in The Champions League 2021/2022

This is the table of top scorers in the Champions League 2021/2022 with the players who have scored the most goals in this edition of the Champions League.

GT: total goals | GP: penalty goals | PJ: games played | Min: minutes played

# PLAYER GT GP PJ MIN
1 R. Lewandowski 12 3 8 696
2 S Haller 11 1 7 578
3 Mohammed Salah 8 1 8 645
4 K. Benzema 8 1 7 616
5 C.Nkunku 7 0 6 531
6 Cristiano Ronaldo 6 0 6 521
7 R. Mahrez 6 2 8 654
8 L. Sane 6 0 8 680
9 K. Mbappe 6 0 8 673
10 L. Messi 5 2 7 630
11 A. Colak 5 0 6 501
12 R. Mmaee 4 0 8 0
13 A. Groeneveld 4 0 7 565
14 L. Henrique 4 0 7 0
15 M.Uzuni 4 0 8 0
16 T. Muller 4 0 8 627
17 V. Birmancevic 4 0 6 355
18 A. Griezmann 4 0 6 300
19 pot 4 1 5 330
20 E. Džeko 3 0 7 541
21 M. Reus 3 2 6 499
22 S.Berghuis 3 0 7 548
23 P. Sotiriou 3 0 8 0
24 J.David 3 1 7 602
25 K. Adeyemi 3 2 8 610
26 D. Nunez 3 1 7 352
27 Roberto Firmino 3 0 4 191
28 T. Werner 3 0 4 162
29 D. Zapata 3 0 6 464
30 Andre Silva 3 0 6 410

All-Time Top Scorers in the Champions League

# Player GT PJ GT/PJ
1 Cristiano Ronaldo 140 182 0.75
2 Leo Messi 125 156 0.81
3 Robert Lewandowski 85 104 0.81
4 Karim Benzema 79 137 0.55
5 Raul 71 144 0.49
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy 60 81 0.74
7 Andriy Shevchenko 59 116 0.51
8 Thierry Henry 51 115 0.44
9 Filippo Inzaghi 50 85 0.59
10 Alfredo DiStefano 49 58 0.84
11 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 49 123 0.4
12 Thomas Muller 49 127 0.38
13 Eusébio 47 63 0.75
14 Sergio Aguero 47 81 0.58
15 Didier Drogba 44 94 0.47
16 Alessandro Del Piero 43 91 0.47
17 Neymar 41 71 0.6
18 Fernando Morientes 39 104 0.38
19 Ferenc Puskas 35 414 0.85
20 Edinson Cavani 35 665 0.53

Active players in bold

Champions League Top Scorers By Season

YEAR PLAYER CLUB GOALS
2021 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund 10
2020 Robert Lewandowski FC Bayern 15
2019 Leo Messi FC Barcelona 12
2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 15
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 16
2015 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar Barcelona (Messi and Neymar) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 10
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 17
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 12
2012 Messi FC Barcelona 14
2011 Messi FC Barcelona 12
2010 Messi FC Barcelona 8
2009 Messi FC Barcelona 9
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd 8
2007 Kaka AC Milan 10
2006 Shevchenko AC Milan 9
2005 van Nistelrooy Man Utd 8
2004 Dying AC Monaco 9
2003 van Nistelrooy Man Utd 12
2002 van Nistelrooy Man Utd 10
2001 Raul Real Madrid 7
2000 Mario Jardel, Rivaldo, Raul Porto, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid 10
1999 Shevchenko and Dwight Yorke Dynamo Kyiv and Manchester United 8
1998 Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 10
1997 Milinko Pantić Atletico Madrid 5
1900 Jari Litmanen Ajax 9
1995 George Weah PSG 7
1994 Stoichkov FC Barcelona 5
1993 Franck Sauzée Olympic Marseille 5

*In bold the record for goals in an edition

Top Scorers of The Former European Cup

PLAYER CLUB GOALS
Alfredo DiStefano Real Madrid 49 goals
Eusébio Benfica 47 goals
Puskas Honvéd and Real Madrid 35 goals
Gerd Muller FC Bayern 34 goals
people Real Madrid 32 goals

It is often said that it is the tournament that elevates the great football legends and overshadows those who fail to measure up; given the relevance that the Champions League enjoys, especially when it comes time for the life-and-death qualifiers.


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How is the scorer’s table in the Champions League framed?

Players With The Most Goals in The History of the Champions League

 
 
 
 
 
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Karim Benzema occupies the fourth position in the historical table of goleadores

In this list, we will find several of the best scorers in the history of football, especially in the last two decades; except for some particular names, such as Ronaldo Nazario (who, curiously, does not have any European Cup in his record).

From 10th to 6th

In this part of the classification, we find a good handful of players who managed to score between 46 and 50 goals; all of them, posh names that have gone down in football history and that are already retired (with the exception of Thomas Müller).

It is conceivable, given that he is the only one who is still active, and that he does so, moreover, in a team like Bayern, that Thomas Müller will manage to surpass all the great scorers ahead of him, to place sixth, at least.

From 5th to 3rd

In the lowest part of this section of the classification, we find the Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy, with 56 goals, most of them with Manchester United; and also some with Real Madrid. Despite being fifth in the historical classification, he does not have any European Cup in his record. 

Next, we find another retired player, Raúl González, a Real Madrid legend, with 71 goals, which did win him three Champions Leagues (1998, 2000, and 2002); he has been the all-time top scorer for many seasons until the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.


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Finally, we came across two excellent players, still active, who were able to share the lead at Real Madrid: Karim Benzema (73 goals) and Robert Lewandowski (78 goals). The first and second places seem unattainable, but everything seems to indicate that the French and the Polish will star in a fierce fight to complete this dream podium. Real Madrid and FC Bayern seem to make it easier for them to score goals.

Second All-Time Top Scorer in The Champions League

 
 
 
 
 
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We finish the part of the classification in which we talk about earthly players, to start referring to aliens.

Second place is occupied, today, by Lionel Messi, with 120 goals, all of them with FC Barcelona, ​​a figure that has come to an end after the announcement of his non-renewal with Barça. 

However, Leo surely promises a tough fight to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo for first place, who occupies the highest place in this classification. There are many great goals and performances that Messi has achieved to find himself in this position, especially highlighting the 5 goals he scored against Bayern Leverkusen, something unique in the competition.

All-Time Top Scorer in The Champions League

 
 
 
 
 
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At the top of the podium, to the left of Messi, is Cristiano Ronaldo, probably the most voracious striker in the history of football, whose ambition and work (and the teammates who have accompanied him) have led him to be the top scorer in the history of the competition, with 134 goals… so far.


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Many of them scored with the Real Madrid shirt, which undoubtedly helped the meringues win 4 European Cups in 5 seasons; many of them, with many goals by the Portuguese.

Although it seemed in the twilight of his football career, Cristiano seems determined to arrive in top form at age 40, something that his representative, Jorge Mendes, had announced a few years ago, and that many took as a joke. The truth is that that date is approaching and Cristiano continues to score a huge number of goals season after season.

As far as teams are concerned, no one can doubt that the king of this competition is Real Madrid, which with the last 4 Champions won practically consecutively, is close to doubling the number of trophies of the second-placed AC Milan.

 
 
 
 
 
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Raúl González was, for a few seasons, the all-time top scorer in the Champions League

Against this reality, that of Real Madrid’s 13 European Cups, many use the argument that a good number of them (specifically, six) achieved the ‘black and white; It seems, therefore, quite complex to be able to say that there is a team that can overshadow the whites in terms of teams.

 
 
 
 
 
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Lewandowski is the third top scorer in history today

If we talk about players in particular, in order to choose the ‘king’ of this competition, we must take into account the top scorers in the tournament; not in vain, goals are the sauce of football.

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