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The UEFA Champions League, known until 1992 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or colloquially as the European Cup, is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955. Originally a straight knockout competition open only to champion clubs, the tournament was expanded during the 1990s to incorporate a round-robin group phase and more teams. The expansion resulted in more games being played, increasing players' goalscoring chances, thus the list below is weighted in favour of modern players.

All-time top scorers

As of 7 November 2018[1][2]
Indicates players from the European Cup era.

The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage of the competition.
Bold indicates players taking part in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League.

Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Club(s)
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 121[a] 156 0.78 2003– Manchester United
Real Madrid
Juventus
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 105 127 0.83 2005– Barcelona
3 Spain Raúl 71 142 0.5 1995–2011 Real Madrid
Schalke 04
4 France Karim Benzema 59 108 0.55 2006– Lyon
Real Madrid
5 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 56[b] 73 0.77 1998–2009 PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United
Real Madrid
6 France Thierry Henry 50[c] 112 0.45 1997–2012 Monaco
Arsenal
Barcelona
7 Argentina Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 0.84 1955–1964 Real Madrid
Poland Robert Lewandowski 49 76 0.64 2011– Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich
9 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 48[d] 100 0.48 1994–2012 Dynamo Kyiv
Milan
Chelsea
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 48[e] 120 0.4 2001–2017 Ajax
Juventus
Inter Milan
Barcelona
Milan
Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester United
11 Portugal Eusébio 46 63 0.73 1961–1974 Benfica
Italy Filippo Inzaghi 46[f] 81 0.57 1997–2012 Juventus
Milan
13 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba 44 92 0.48 2003–2015 Marseille
Chelsea
Galatasaray
14 Italy Alessandro Del Piero 42[g] 89 0.47 1995–2009 Juventus
Germany Thomas Müller 42 102 0.41 2008– Bayern Munich
16 Hungary Ferenc Puskás 35 41[4] 0.85 1956–1966 Budapest Honvéd
Real Madrid
17 West Germany Gerd Müller 34 35[4] 0.97 1969–1977 Bayern Munich
18 Uruguay Edinson Cavani 33 55[5] 0.6 2011– Napoli
Paris Saint-Germain
Spain Fernando Morientes 33[h] 93 0.35 1997–2009 Real Madrid
Monaco
Liverpool
Valencia
20 Argentina Sergio Agüero 32[i] 63 0.51 2008– Atlético Madrid
Manchester City
Spain Francisco Gento 32 88 0.36 1955–1969 Real Madrid
22 Brazil Neymar 30 50[6] 0.6 2013– Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 30[j] 78 0.38 1999–2014 Mallorca
Barcelona
Inter Milan
Chelsea
England Wayne Rooney 30[k] 85 0.35 2004–2016 Manchester United
Brazil Kaká 30 86 0.35 2003–2014 Milan
Real Madrid
26 France David Trezeguet 29[l] 58 0.5 1997–2009 Monaco
Juventus
Netherlands Roy Makaay 29 61 0.48 2000–2007 Deportivo La Coruña
Bayern Munich
Netherlands Patrick Kluivert 29[m] 71 0.41 1994–2006 Ajax
Barcelona
Netherlands Arjen Robben 29[n] 109 0.27 2002– PSV Eindhoven
Chelsea
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
30 France Jean-Pierre Papin 28 37[4] 0.76 1989–1994 Marseille
Milan
Bayern Munich
Wales Ryan Giggs 28[o] 145 0.19 1993–2014 Manchester United
32 Brazil Rivaldo 27[p] 73 0.37 1997–2007 Barcelona
Milan
Olympiacos
33 Germany Mario Gómez 26[q] 44[7] 0.59 2007–2013 Stuttgart
Bayern Munich
34 Brazil Mário Jardel 25[r] 46[8] 0.54 1996–2001 Porto
Galatasaray
Netherlands Robin van Persie 25[s] 59 0.42 2002–2014 Arsenal
Manchester United
Argentina Hernán Crespo 25[t] 65 0.38 1997–2007 Parma
Lazio
Inter Milan
Chelsea
Milan
Brazil Giovane Élber 25[u] 69 0.36 1997–2004 Bayern Munich
Lyon
38 Brazil José Altafini 24 28[4] 0.86 1959–1976 Milan
Juventus
Italy Marco Simone 24[v] 46[9] 0.52 1989–2001 Milan
Paris Saint-Germain
Monaco
Portugal Luís Figo 24 103 0.23 1997–2009 Barcelona
Real Madrid
Inter Milan
England Paul Scholes 24[w] 124 0.19 1994–2013 Manchester United
42 Finland Jari Litmanen 23 57 0.4 1993–2003 Ajax
Liverpool
England Frank Lampard 23 105 0.22 2001–2015 Chelsea
Manchester City
44 Spain Santillana 22 46[10] 0.48 1971–1988 Real Madrid
Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko 22 52 0.42 2009– Wolfsburg
Manchester City
Roma
Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín 22 75 0.29 2007– Real Madrid
Napoli
Juventus
47 Portugal José Torres 21 33[11] 0.64 1959–1971 Benfica
Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov 21[x] 43 0.49 1993–2007 Dynamo Kyiv
Brazil Luiz Adriano 21[y] 47[12] 0.45 2008– Shakhtar Donetsk
Spartak Moscow
Spain Amancio 21 52 0.4 1962–1976 Real Madrid
England Steven Gerrard 21[z] 73 0.29 2001–2015 Liverpool
Peru Claudio Pizarro 21[aa] 73 0.29 2001–2014 Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen
Notes
  1. ^ Ronaldo additionally scored one goal[3] in four qualification matches.
  2. ^ Van Nistelrooy additionally scored four goals in eight qualification matches.
  3. ^ Henry additionally scored one goal in three qualification matches.
  4. ^ Shevchenko additionally scored 11 goals in 16 qualification matches.
  5. ^ Ibrahimović additionally scored one goal in four qualification matches.
  6. ^ Inzaghi additionally scored four goals in four qualification matches.
  7. ^ Del Piero additionally scored two goals in three qualification matches.
  8. ^ Morientes additionally scored six goals in 11 qualification matches.
  9. ^ Agüero additionally scored six goals in four qualification matches.
  10. ^ Eto'o additionally scored three goals in four qualification matches.
  11. ^ Rooney additionally scored four goals in three qualification matches.
  12. ^ Trezeguet additionally scored three goals in three qualification matches.
  13. ^ Kluivert additionally scored one goal in four qualification matches.
  14. ^ Robben additionally scored one goal in one qualification match.
  15. ^ Giggs additionally scored two goals in 10 qualification matches.
  16. ^ Rivaldo additionally scored four goals in five qualification matches.
  17. ^ Gómez additionally scored one goal in two qualification matches.
  18. ^ Jardel additionally scored three goals in two qualification matches.
  19. ^ Van Persie additionally scored two goals in nine qualification matches.
  20. ^ Crespo additionally scored three goals in five qualification matches.
  21. ^ Élber additionally scored two goals in four qualification matches.
  22. ^ Simone additionally scored one goal in two qualification matches.
  23. ^ Scholes additionally scored one goal in six qualification matches.
  24. ^ Rebrov additionally scored ten goals in 25 qualification matches.
  25. ^ Adriano additionally scored one goal in four qualification matches.
  26. ^ Gerrard additionally scored nine goals in 14 qualification matches.
  27. ^ Pizarro additionally scored three goals in four qualification matches.

Top scorers by seasons

The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage of the competition.[13]

Season Player Club Goals
1955–56 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miloš Milutinović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 8
1956–57 England Dennis Viollet England Manchester United 9
1957–58 Argentina Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid 10
1958–59 France Just Fontaine France Stade Reims 10
1959–60 Hungary Ferenc Puskás Spain Real Madrid 12
1960–61 Portugal José Águas Portugal Benfica 11
1961–62 West Germany Heinz Strehl West Germany 1. FC Nürnberg 8
1962–63 Italy José Altafini Italy Milan 14
1963–64 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladica Kovačević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 7
Italy Sandro Mazzola Italy Inter Milan
Hungary Ferenc Puskás Spain Real Madrid
1964–65 Portugal Eusébio Portugal Benfica 9
Portugal José Torres Portugal Benfica
1965–66 Hungary Flórián Albert Hungary Ferencváros 7
Portugal Eusébio Portugal Benfica
1966–67 East Germany Jürgen Piepenburg East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 6
Belgium Paul Van Himst Belgium Anderlecht
1967–68 Portugal Eusébio Portugal Benfica 6
1968–69 Scotland Denis Law England Manchester United 9
1969–70 England Mick Jones England Leeds United 8
1970–71 Greece Antonis Antoniadis Greece Panathinaikos 10
1971–72 Netherlands Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax 5
Hungary Antal Dunai Hungary Újpesti Dózsa
Scotland Lou Macari Scotland Celtic
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Silvester Takač Belgium Standard Liège
1972–73 West Germany Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 11
1973–74 West Germany Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 8
1974–75 West Germany Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 5
Soviet Union Eduard Markarov Soviet Union Ararat Yerevan
1975–76 West Germany Jupp Heynckes West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 6
1976–77 West Germany Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich 5
Italy Franco Cucinotta Switzerland Zürich
1977–78 Denmark Allan Simonsen West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 5
1978–79 Switzerland Claudio Sulser Switzerland Grasshopper 11
1979–80 Denmark Søren Lerby Netherlands Ajax 10
1980–81 England Terry McDermott England Liverpool 6
Scotland Graeme Souness England Liverpool
West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany Bayern Munich
1981–82 West Germany Dieter Hoeneß West Germany Bayern Munich 7
1982–83 Italy Paolo Rossi Italy Juventus 6
1983–84 Soviet Union Viktor Sokol Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk 6
1984–85 Sweden Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden IFK Göteborg 7
France Michel Platini Italy Juventus
1985–86 Sweden Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden IFK Göteborg 6
1986–87 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Borislav Cvetković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 7
1987–88 Romania Gheorghe Hagi Romania Steaua Bucureşti 4
France Jean-Marc Ferreri France Bordeaux
Algeria Rabah Madjer Portugal Porto
Scotland Ally McCoist Scotland Rangers
Spain Míchel Spain Real Madrid
Portugal Rui Águas Portugal Benfica
1988–89 Netherlands Marco van Basten Italy Milan 10
1989–90 Brazil Romário Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6
France Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1990–91 Austria Peter Pacult Austria Tirol Innsbruck 6
France Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1991–92 Ukraine Sergei Yuran Portugal Benfica 7
France Jean-Pierre Papin France Marseille
1992–93 France Franck Sauzée France Marseille 5
1993–94 Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Spain Barcelona 5
1994–95 Liberia George Weah France Paris Saint-Germain 7
1995–96 Finland Jari Litmanen Netherlands Ajax 9
1996–97 Serbia and Montenegro Milinko Pantić Spain Atlético Madrid 5
1997–98 Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy Juventus 10
1998–99 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 8
Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke England Manchester United
1999–00 Brazil Mário Jardel Portugal Porto 10
Brazil Rivaldo Spain Barcelona
Spain Raúl Spain Real Madrid
2000–01 Spain Raúl Spain Real Madrid 7
2001–02 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy England Manchester United 10
2002–03 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy England Manchester United 12
2003–04 Spain Fernando Morientes France Monaco 9
2004–05 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy England Manchester United 8
2005–06 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan 9
2006–07 Brazil Kaká Italy Milan 10
2007–08 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo England Manchester United 8
2008–09 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 9
2009–10 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 8
2010–11 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 12
2011–12 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 14
2012–13 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 12
2013–14 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 17
2014–15 Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona 10
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2015–16 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 16
2016–17 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 12
2017–18 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 15

By player

Player Titles Seasons
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 7 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Argentina Lionel Messi 5 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
West Germany Gerd Müller 4 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77
Portugal Eusébio 3 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68
France Jean-Pierre Papin 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92
Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
Hungary Ferenc Puskás 2 1959–60, 1963–64
Sweden Torbjörn Nilsson 1984–85, 1985–86
Spain Raúl 1999–2000, 2000–01
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 1998–99, 2005–06

By country

Country Titles Seasons
Portugal Portugal 13 1960–61, 1964–65,[a] 1964–65,[a] 1965–66, 1967–68, 1987–88, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
West Germany West Germany 8 1961–62, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1981–82
France France 7 1958–59, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93
Argentina Argentina 6 1957–58, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 5 1955–56, 1963–64, 1971–72, 1986–87, 1996–97
Italy Italy 1962–63, 1963–64, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1997–98
Netherlands Netherlands 1971–72, 1988–89, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
Brazil Brazil 1989–90, 1999–2000,[b] 1999–2000,[b] 2006–07, 2014–15
Hungary Hungary 4 1959–60, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1971–72
Scotland Scotland 1968–69, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1987–88
Spain Spain 1987–88, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04
England England 3 1956–57, 1969–70, 1980–81
Ukraine Ukraine 1991–92, 1998–99, 2005–06
Soviet Union Soviet Union 2 1974–75, 1983–84
Denmark Denmark 1977–78, 1979–80
Sweden Sweden 1984–85, 1985–86
Notes
  1. ^ a b Two Portuguese players were joint top scorers in this season.
  2. ^ a b Two Brazilian players were joint top scorers in this season.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Champions League + European Cup - All-time Topscorers". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ Source (unless otherwise indicated): UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2018–19. For players active prior to the introduction of the Champions League in 1992, see "All-time records 1955–2018" (pdf). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). pp. 4–8. Retrieved 3 October 2018. For all other players, see: "Facts and figures" (pdf). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). pp. 7–8. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo goal for goal". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 18 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. Ronaldo: Debrecen 3-0 (h) 09/08/05, UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
  4. ^ a b c d "Goals per game: Europe's most efficient scorers". UEFA. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Edinson Cavani: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Neymar: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  7. ^ Potter, Steffen (30 June 2016). "Grateful Gómez gunning for Italy". UEFA. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Jardel: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Marco Simone: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Santillana: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  11. ^ "José Torres: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Luiz Adriano: Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  13. ^ For players active prior to the introduction of the Champions League in 1992, see: Di Maggio, Roberto; Mamrud, Roberto; Rota, Davide; Owsianski, Jarek (8 June 2017). "Champions Cup/Champions League Topscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 2 November 2017. For all other players, see: "UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2017/18: Facts and figures" (pdf). Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). p. 11. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
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