List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League top scorers

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The UEFA Champions League (usually referred to as simply the Champions League or historically as the European Cup) is an annual Association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. Prior to 1992 the tournament was officially called the European Champion Clubs' Cup but was usually referred to as simply the European Cup or European Champions' Cup. The competition was initially a straight knockout competition open only to the champion club of each country. During the 1990s the tournament began to be expanded, incorporating a round-robin group phase and more teams. Europe's strongest national leagues now provide up to four teams each for the competition.

All-time top scorers (since 1955, excluding qualifying rounds)[edit]

As of 17 April 2014.[1][2]

Player Country Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs
1 Raúl González Spain 71 142 0.5 '95–'11 Real Madrid, Schalke 04
2 Lionel Messi Argentina 67 86 0.78 '05– Barcelona
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 64 100 0.64 '03– Manchester United, Real Madrid
4 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands 56 73 0.77 '98–'09 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid
5 Thierry Henry France 50 112 0.45 '97–'10 AS Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
6 Alfredo Di Stéfano ArgentinaSpain 49 58 0.84 '55–'64 Real Madrid
7 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine 48 100 0.48 '94–'12 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea
8 Eusébio Portugal 46 65 0.71 '61–'74 Benfica
9 Filippo Inzaghi Italy 46 81 0.57 '97–'12 Juventus, Milan
10 Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 42 85 0.49 '03– Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray
11 Alessandro Del Piero Italy 41 89 0.46 '95–'09 Juventus
12 Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden 41 102 0.4 '01– Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
13 Ferenc Puskás HungarySpain 36 41 0.88 '56–'66 Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid
14 Gerd Müller West Germany 35 35 1 '72–'77 Bayern Munich
15 Karim Benzema France 35 58 0.6 '06– Lyon, Real Madrid
16 Fernando Morientes Spain 33 93 0.35 '97–'09 Real Madrid, AS Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia
17 Samuel Eto'o Cameroon 31 75 0.41 '98– Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea
18 Kaká Brazil 30 85 0.35 '03– Milan, Real Madrid
19 Francisco Gento Spain 30 89 0.34 '55–'69 Real Madrid
20 David Trezeguet France 29 58 0.5 '97– AS Monaco, Juventus
21 Roy Makaay Netherlands 29 61 0.48 '00–'07 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich
22 Patrick Kluivert Netherlands 29 71 0.41 '94–'06 Ajax, Barcelona
23 Wayne Rooney England 29 77 0.38 '04– Manchester United
24 Jean-Pierre Papin France 28 37 0.76 '89–'94 Marseille, Milan, Bayern Munich
25 Ryan Giggs Wales 28 137 0.2 '93– Manchester United
26 Rivaldo Brazil 27 73 0.37 '97–'07 Barcelona, Milan, Olympiacos
27 Mario Gómez Germany 26 44 0.59 '07– Stuttgart, Bayern Munich
28 Mário Jardel Brazil 25 46 0.54 '96–'01 Porto, Galatasaray
29 Hernán Crespo Argentina 25 65 0.38 '97–'07 Parma, Lazio, Internazionale, Chelsea, Milan
30 José Altafini BrazilItaly 24 28 0.86 '59–'76 Milan, Juventus
31 Marco Simone Italy 24 46 0.52 '89–'01 Milan, AS Monaco
32 José Augusto Portugal 24 56 0.43 '59–'69 Benfica
33 Giovane Élber Brazil 24 69 0.35 '97–'04 Bayern Munich, Lyon
34 Luís Figo Portugal 24 103 0.23 '97–'09 Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale
35 Paul Scholes England 24 124 0.19 '94–'13 Manchester United
36 Jari Litmanen Finland 23 59 0.39 '93–'02 Ajax, Liverpool
37 Frank Lampard England 23 100 0.24 '01– Chelsea
38 Santillana Spain 22 46 0.48 '71–'88 Real Madrid
39 Robin van Persie Netherlands 22 57 0.39 '04– Arsenal, Manchester United
40 Serhiy Rebrov Ukraine 21 43 0.49 '93–'07 Dynamo Kyiv
41 Amancio Spain 21 52 0.4 '62–'76 Real Madrid
42 Claudio Pizarro Peru 21 68 0.31 '01– Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen
43 Arjen Robben Netherlands 21 73 0.29 '02– PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich
44 Romário Brazil 20 32 0.63 '88–'95 Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven
45 Paul Van Himst Belgium 20 39 0.51 '59–'75 Anderlecht
46 Thomas Müller Germany 21 53 0.4 '08– Bayern Munich
47 Nicolas Anelka France 20 68 0.29 '98– Real Madrid, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea
48 Marco van Basten Netherlands 19 27 0.7 '87–'93 Milan
49 José Torres Portugal 19 33 0.58 '59–'71 Benfica
50 Luis Enrique Spain 19 44 0.43 '01–04 Real Madrid, Barcelona
51 Steven Gerrard England 19 81 0.23 '98– Liverpool
Bold: Still active in Europe.

European Cup and UEFA Champions League top goalscorer by seasons[edit]

The top scorer award is for the player who amassed the most goals in the tournament, excluding the qualifying rounds.

Season Player Country Club Goals
1955–56 Miloš Milutinović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 8
1956–57 Dennis Viollet England England England Manchester United 9
1957–58 Alfredo Di Stéfano Argentina Argentina Spain Real Madrid 10
1958–59 Just Fontaine France France France Stade Reims 10
1959–60 Ferenc Puskás Hungary Hungary Spain Real Madrid 12
1960–61 José Águas Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica 11
1961–62 Alfredo Di Stéfano Argentina Argentina Spain Real Madrid 7
Bent Løfqvist Denmark Denmark Denmark B 1913
Ferenc Puskás Hungary Hungary Spain Real Madrid
Heinz Strehl West Germany West Germany West Germany Nuremberg
Justo Tejada Spain Spain Spain Real Madrid
1962–63 José Altafini Italy Italy Italy Milan 14
1963–64 Vladica Kovačević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 7
Sandro Mazzola Italy Italy Italy Internazionale
Ferenc Puskás Hungary Hungary Spain Real Madrid
1964–65 Eusébio Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica 9
José Augusto Torres Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica
1965–66 Flórián Albert Hungary Hungary Hungary Ferencváros 7
Eusébio Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica
1966–67 Jürgen Piepenburg East Germany East Germany East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 6
Paul Van Himst Belgium Belgium Belgium Anderlecht
1967–68 Eusébio Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica 6
1968–69 Denis Law Scotland Scotland England Manchester United 9
1969–70 Mick Jones England England England Leeds United 8
1970–71 Antonis Antoniadis Greece Greece Greece Panathinaikos 10
1971–72 Antal Dunai II Hungary Hungary Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 5
Lou Macari Scotland Scotland Scotland Celtic
Silvester Takač Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Belgium Standard Liège
1972–73 Gerd Müller West Germany West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 12
1973–74 Gerd Müller West Germany West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 8
1974–75 Gerd Müller West Germany West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 5
Eduard Markarov Soviet Union Soviet Union Soviet Union Ararat Yerevan
1975–76 Jupp Heynckes West Germany West Germany West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 7
1976–77 Gerd Müller West Germany West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 5
Franco Cucinotta Italy Italy Switzerland Zürich
1977–78 Allan Simonsen Denmark Denmark West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 5
1978–79 Claudio Sulser Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Grasshopper 11
1979–80 Søren Lerby Denmark Denmark Netherlands Ajax 10
1980–81 Terry McDermott England England England Liverpool 6
Graeme Souness Scotland Scotland England Liverpool
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge West Germany West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich
1981–82 Dieter Hoeneß West Germany West Germany West Germany Bayern Munich 7
1982–83 Paolo Rossi Italy Italy Italy Juventus 6
1983–84 Viktor Sokol Soviet Union Soviet Union Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk 6
1984–85 Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden Sweden Sweden IFK Göteborg 7
Michel Platini France France Italy Juventus
1985–86 Torbjörn Nilsson Sweden Sweden Sweden IFK Göteborg 7
1986–87 Borislav Cvetković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 7
1987–88 Gheorghe Hagi Romania Romania Romania Steaua Bucureşti 4
Jean-Marc Ferreri France France France Bordeaux
Rabah Madjer Algeria Algeria Portugal Porto
Ally McCoist Scotland Scotland Scotland Rangers
Petar Novák Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague
Míchel Spain Spain Spain Real Madrid
Rui Águas Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica
1988–89 Marco van Basten Netherlands Netherlands Italy Milan 10
1989–90 Romário Brazil Brazil Netherlands PSV 6
Jean-Pierre Papin France France France Marseille
1990–91 Peter Pacult Austria Austria Austria Tirol Innsbruck 6
Jean-Pierre Papin France France France Marseille
1991–92 Sergei Yuran Ukraine Ukraine Portugal Benfica 7
Jean-Pierre Papin France France France Marseille
1992–93 Romário Brazil Brazil Netherlands PSV 7
1993–94 Ronald Koeman Netherlands Netherlands Spain Barcelona 8
Wynton Rufer New Zealand New Zealand Germany Werder Bremen
1994–95 George Weah Liberia Liberia France Paris Saint-Germain 7
1995–96 Jari Litmanen Finland Finland Netherlands Ajax 9
1996–97 Milinko Pantić Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Spain Atlético Madrid 5
1997–98 Alessandro Del Piero Italy Italy Italy Juventus 10
1998–99 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 8
Dwight Yorke Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago England Manchester United
1999–00 Mário Jardel Brazil Brazil Portugal Porto 10
Rivaldo Brazil Brazil Spain Barcelona
Raúl Spain Spain Spain Real Madrid
2000–01 Raúl Spain Spain Spain Real Madrid 7
2001–02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Netherlands England Manchester United 10
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Netherlands England Manchester United 12
2003–04 Fernando Morientes Spain Spain France AS Monaco 9
2004–05 Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Netherlands England Manchester United 8
2005–06 Andriy Shevchenko Ukraine Ukraine Italy Milan 9
2006–07 Kaká Brazil Brazil Italy Milan 10
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal England Manchester United 8
2008–09 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona 9
2009–10 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona 8
2010–11 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona 12
2011–12 Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona 14
2012–13 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal Spain Real Madrid 12
2013–14 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal Spain Real Madrid 14

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By country[edit]

Country Titles Goals Seasons
Portugal Portugal[nb 1] 8 67 1960–61, 1964–65*, 1964–65*, 1965–66*, 1967–68, 1987–88*, 2007–08, 2012–13
Germany Germany[nb 2] 8 56 1961–62*, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75*, 1975–76, 1976–77*, 1980–81*, 1981–82
Spain Spain[nb 3] 7 58 1961–62*, 1961–62*, 1963–64*, 1987–88*, 1999–2000*, 2000–01, 2003–04
Argentina Argentina 6 60 1957–58 1961–62* 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
France France 6 40 1958–59, 1984–85*, 1987–88*, 1989–90*, 1990–91*, 1991–92*
Netherlands Netherlands 5 48 1988–89, 1993–94*, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
Brazil Brazil 5 43 1989–90*, 1992–93, 1999–2000*, 1999–2000*, 2006–07
Italy Italy 5 42 1962–63, 1963–64*, 1976–77*, 1982–83, 1997–98
Hungary Hungary 5 38 1959–60, 1961-62*, 1963-64*, 1965–66*, 1971–72*
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 5 32 1955–56, 1963–64*, 1971–72*, 1986–87, 1996–97*
Scotland Scotland 4 24 1968–69, 1971–72*, 1980–81*, 1987–88*
Ukraine Ukraine 3 24 1991–92*, 1998–99*, 2005–06
England England 3 23 1956–57, 1969–70, 1980–81*
Denmark Denmark 3 22 1961–62*, 1977–78, 1979–80
Sweden Sweden 2 14 1984–85*, 1985–86
Soviet Union Soviet Union 2 11 1974–75*, 1983–84
  • * Two or more players were equal top scorers.

By player[edit]

Player Titles Goals Seasons
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 4 43 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
West Germany Gerd Müller 4 29 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75*, 1976–77*
3 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 3 30 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
Hungary Spain Ferenc Puskás[nb 4] 3 26 1959–60, 1961–62*, 1963–64*
Portugal Eusébio 3 22 1964–65*, 1965–66*, 1967–68
France Jean-Pierre Papin 3 19 1989–90*, 1990–91*, 1991–92*
7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 2 20 2007–08, 2012–13
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 2 17 1998–99*, 2005–06
Argentina Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano[nb 5] 2 17 1957–58, 1961–62*
Spain Raúl 2 17 1999–00*, 2000–01
Sweden Torbjörn Nilsson 2 14 1984–85*, 1985–86
Brazil Romário 2 13 1989–90*, 1992–93
  • * Two or more players were joint top scorers.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the 1964–65 season two Portuguese players were joint top scorers.
  2. ^ Includes West Germany but not East Germany.
  3. ^ In the 1961–62 season three Spanish players were joint top scorers.
  4. ^ Originally Hungarian, Puskás acquired Spanish nationality in 1962 and won three top scorer titles with both citizenships.
  5. ^ Originally Argentinian, Di Stéfano acquired Spanish nationality in 1956 and won two top scorer titles with that citizenship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Champions League". World Football. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "UEFA Champions League All time leading scorers". Stat Bunker. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ http://futbal.org/EC1.scorers.php