The Champions League has featured among the greatest goalscorers in historical past.
As the premier membership competitors in Europe and arguably the world, it’s a stage that has been graced by numerous icons of soccer.
Striking sensations such as Raul and Andriy Shevchenko dominated throughout the 1990s and 2000s, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have taken the artwork of scoring to an entire new degree.
Goal takes a have a look at the all-time prime scorers within the competitors’s historical past, courting again to the inaugural European Cup in 1955.
Who is the all-time Champions League prime scorer?
As you possibly can see from our desk beneath, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer within the historical past of the Champions League (including the European Cup) and the Real Madrid star is carefully adopted by his arch-rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi .
There is a significant gulf between that pair and the remainder, with Madrid icon Raul following in third place. Former Manchester United ahead Ruud van Nistelrooy is the fourth greatest Champions League goalscorer of all time, whereas Karim Benzema rounds out the highest 5.
Champions League/European Cup all-time prime 20 goalscorers:
*Correct as of May 26, 2018
**The checklist takes into consideration knowledge from 1955-present
***Players in daring are nonetheless active
|Pos||Player||Goals||Games||Goals per game|
|=4||Ruud van Nistelrooy||56||73||0.77|
|7||Alfredo di Stefano||49||58||0.84|
|=14||Alessandro Del Piero||42||89||0.47|
The composition of the all-time goalscorers checklist is usually made up of players who’re taking part in or performed within the fashionable Champions League period (i.e. 1992 onwards) which has added extra contintental games to the trendy day calendar. Specifically, of the 20 players within the checklist above, 15 of them performed from the mid 1990s on.
However, regardless of that, two players who performed within the pre-Champions League period (when the event was often known as the European Cup) nonetheless make the highest 10, with former Real Madrid star Alfredo di Stefano and Benfica icon Eusebio that includes.
Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento , who shone for Real Madrid within the 1950s and 1960s, are additionally within the prime 20. Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller is within the prime 20 and no player comes remotely near his phenomenal goals-per-game ratio of 0.95.
Puskas boasted a goal-to-game ratio of 0.85 and Di Stefano’s was 0.84, whereas Messi’s is presently 0.81, which is undoubtedly one of the best within the fashionable period.