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

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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.

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

Who is the all-time Champions League top scorer?

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 Raul following in third place. Karim Benzema is the fourth best Champions League goalscorer of all time, while Bayern star Robert Lewandowski rounds out the top five.

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

Pos

Player

Goals

Appearances

Goals per game

1

Cristiano Ronaldo

128

166

0.77

2

Lionel Messi

113

139

0.81

3

Raul

71

142

0.5

4

Karim Benzema

62

116

0.53

5

Robert Lewandowski

59

84

0.7

6

Ruud van Nistelrooy

56

73

0.77

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

Thomas Muller

43

108

0.4

15

Alessandro Del Piero

42

89

0.47

16

Sergio Aguero

39

71

0.56

17

Ferenc Puskas

35

41

0.85

=18

Gerd Muller

34

35

0.95

=18

Edinson Cavani

34

59

0.58

20

Fernando Morientes

33

93

0.35

*Correct as of November 6, 2019
**The list takes into consideration data from 1955-present
***Players in bold are still active

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.

Alfredo Di Stefano Real Madrid
Alfredo Di Stefano Real Madrid

14 Thomas Muller 43 108 0.4

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 Eusebio featuring in and around the top 10.

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Ferenc Puskas , who shone for Real Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s, is also in the top 20. Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller is in the top 20 and no player comes remotely close to 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, while Messi's is currently 0.82, which is undoubtedly the best in the modern era.

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