Top 5 Champions League departal scorers of all time
Champions League top scorers in history: who are they? The most effective players with the highest score have been identified. For the whole period of the Champions League, we have a lot of superstars. Who is on the top of the list?
We are used to the fact that Champions League usually has a tense atmosphere and the fate of the match can be changed by a single or mistake or action. The key role in football matches belongs to the scorers. The Champions League is not an exception.
The skills and physical endurance of football strikers often determine the match outcomes. Among them, all sorts of rankings are held. The clearest indicator of the forward’s results is the number of goals. Let’s find out the Champions League highest goal scorer.
Who are Champions League top scorers of all time? The answer is below.
Top 5 Champions League top scorers in history (from the group stage to the finals)
5. Karim Benzema (‘Lyon,’ ‘Real’) – 56 goals
He is a French footballer of Algerian origin. Benzema is a striker of ‘Real Madrid’ and the French team. The current victory in Champions League is the fourth for the player. Together with ‘Real Madrid’ he collected the most famous trophy of the football world. In addition, Karim Benzema is a three-time football player of the year winner in France. To this day, he has scored 56 goals in Champions League.
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy (‘PSV,’ ‘Manchester United,’ ‘Real Madrid’) – 56 goals
The Dutch striker, who played for his country’s national team and for such famous clubs as ‘PSV,’ ‘Manchester United,’ ‘Real Madrid,’ ‘Hamburg’ and ‘Malaga.’ Ruud van Nistelrooy has a lot of Netherlands and European football awards and titles. The peak of his career was in the zero years. In 2012, he announced the completion of his footballer activity and switched to coaching. In the Champions League games, he scored 56 scores.
3. Raúl González (‘Real Madrid,’ ‘FC Schalke-04’) – 71 goals
González was a three-time winner of the Champions League, six-time champion of Spain, four-time winner of the Spanish Super Cup, two-time winner of the Intercontinental Cup, and winner of the German Cup. Besides he was five times footballer of the year in Spain, and even the champion of Qatar. Raúl González is the symbol of ‘Real Madrid.’ He scored 71 Champions League goals.
2. Lionel Messi (‘Barcelona’) – 100 goals
He is a famous Argentine footballer and forward of ‘Barcelona’. Since 2011. Lionel is the best scorer in the history of ‘Barcelona’ and Argentine national team. Moreover, he is considered as one of the best players of our time and one of the best footballers of all times. Lionel Messi scored 100 goals in the Champions League.
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1. Cristiano Ronaldo (‘Manchester United,’ ‘Real Madrid’) – 120 scores
The highest goal scorer in Champions League ever is Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘Real Madrid’ striker is the first player who reached 120 scores in European competition. With a notable advantage, he leads in the dispute of the best scorers in the history of the Champions League. Ronaldo breaks Champions League record! Today the Portuguese competes with himself at 33 years old, and he is the highest goal scorer.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first five-time winner and highest goal scorer in Champions League. In season 2017/18, Ronaldo scored 15 goals. His record is 17 goals per season in the Champions League. Ronaldo was the first in the history of scoring in all eight matches of the Champions League since the beginning of the season. Moreover, CR7 scored in the 9th game of the Champions League in a row. He repeated the achievement of Ruud van Nistelrooy, established 15 years ago. The Portuguese improved his achievement of goals with a head in the Champions League (20).
Zinedine Zidane notes that Ronaldo is a footballer from another galaxy. He is the Champions League top scorer, and we cannot argue.
Year after year in the UEFA Champions League we can see the two greatest attackers’ confrontation of our time. As you know, Lionel Messi has exactly one hundred goals in his asset. Ronaldo has 120 goals in 150 games and Messi (100 in 125) after the quarterfinals equaled. At the moment it’s 0.80 scores per game.
Defeating the gate of ‘PSG’ on February 14, 2018, the Ronaldo became the first to score one hundred goals for one club. Messi repeated this achievement in ‘Barcelona’ a month later in a match with ‘Chelsea.’
The top scorers of the last five seasons (from the group stage to the finals)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (‘Real Madrid’) – 15 scores in 2017/18
- Cristiano Ronaldo (‘Real Madrid’) – 12 scores in 2016/17
- Cristiano Ronaldo (‘Real Madrid’) – 16 scores in 2015/16
- Lionel Messi (‘Barcelona’), Neymar (‘Barcelona’), Cristiano Ronaldo (‘Real Madrid’) – 10 scores in 2014/15
- Cristiano Ronaldo (‘Real Madrid’) – 17 scores in 2013/14
As you see, football is an exciting game. It’s full of acute moments and surprises when the coveted trophy is at stake. Decisive roles in such fights is played by football stars such as our magnificent top 5 scorers.
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