Champions League all-time top scorers – Ronaldo, Messi & UCL goal kings

The Champions League has featured some of the best goalscorers in history.

As the premier club competition in Europe and arguably the world, it is a stage that has been graced by countless icons of football.

Striking sensations such as Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated during the 1990s and 2000s, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken the art of scoring to a whole new level.

Goal takes a look at the all-time top scorers in the competition’s history, dating back to the inaugural European Cup in 1955.

As you can see from our table below, Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the Champions League (including the European Cup) and the Real Madrid star is closely followed by his arch-rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi .

There is a significant gulf between that pair and the rest, with Madrid icon Raulfollowing in third place. Karim Benzema is the fourth best Champions League goalscorer of all time, while former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy rounds out the top five.

Champions League/European Cup all-time top 20 goalscorers:

*Correct as of November 7, 2018
**The list takes into consideration data from 1955-present
***Players in bold are still active

Pos

Player

Goals

Games

Goals per game

1

Cristiano Ronaldo

121

155

0.78

2

Lionel Messi

105

127

0.83

3

Raul

71

142

0.5

4

Karim Benzema

59

108

0.55

5

Ruud van Nistelrooy

56

73

0.77

6

Robert Lewandowski 

51

77

0.66

7

Thierry Henry

50

112

0.45

8

Alfredo di Stefano

49

58

0.84

=9

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

48

120

0.4

=9

Andriy Shevchenko

48

100

0.63

=11

Eusebio

46

65

0.71

=11

Filippo Inzaghi

46

81

0.57

13

Didier Drogba

44

92

0.48

=14

Alessandro Del Piero

42

89

0.47

=14

Thomas Muller

42

102

0.41

16

Ferenc Puskas

35

41

0.85

17

Gerd Muller

34

35

0.95

=18

Fernando Morientes

33

93

0.35

=18

Edinson Cavani

33

56

0.59

=18

Sergio Aguero 

33

64

0.52

The composition of the all-time goalscorers list is mostly made up of players who are playing or played in the modern Champions League era (i.e. 1992 onwards) which has added more contintental games to the modern day calendar. Specifically, of the 20 players in the list above, 15 of them played from the mid 1990s on.

However, despite that, two players who played in the pre-Champions League era (when the tournament was known as the European Cup) still figure prominently, with former Real Madrid star Alfredo di Stefano and Benfica icon Eusebiofeaturing in and around the top 10.

 

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