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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) 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. The expansion meant more games would be played, meaning that modern players have more chances to score, thus the list below is weighted in favour of modern players.

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

As of 30 May 2015.[1][2]
Player Country Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs
1 Lionel Messi Argentina 77 98 0.79 '05– Barcelona
2 Cristiano Ronaldo1 Portugal 77 115 0.67 '03– Manchester United, Real Madrid
3 Raúl Spain 71 142 0.5 '95–'11 Real Madrid, Schalke 04
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 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 44 92 0.48 '03–'15 Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray
11 Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden 43 109 0.39 '01– Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
12 Karim Benzema France 42 73 0.58 '06– Lyon, Real Madrid
13 Alessandro Del Piero Italy 41 89 0.46 '95–'09 Juventus
14 Ferenc Puskás HungarySpain 36 41 0.88 '56–'66 Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid
15 Gerd Müller West Germany 35 35 1 '69–'77 Bayern Munich
16 Fernando Morientes2 Spain 33 93 0.35 '97–'09 Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia
17 Samuel Eto'o3 Cameroon 30 78 0.38 '99– Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea
18 Kaká Brazil 30 86 0.35 '03–14 Milan, Real Madrid
19 Francisco Gento Spain 30 89 0.34 '55–'69 Real Madrid
20 David Trezeguet France 29 58 0.5 '97–09 Monaco, Juventus
21 Roy Makaay Netherlands 29 61 0.48 '00–'07 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich
22 Patrick Kluivert4 Netherlands 29 71 0.41 '94–'06 Ajax, Barcelona
23 Wayne Rooney England 29 81 0.36 '04– Manchester United
24 Ryan Giggs Wales 29 145 0.2 '93–'14 Manchester United
25 Jean-Pierre Papin France 28 37 0.76 '89–'94 Marseille, Milan, Bayern Munich
26 Thomas Müller Germany 28 68 0.41 '08– Bayern Munich
27 Rivaldo5 Brazil 27 73 0.37 '97–'07 Barcelona, Milan, Olympiacos
28 Mario Gómez Germany 26 44 0.59 '07– Stuttgart, Bayern Munich
29 Mário Jardel Brazil 25 46 0.54 '96–'01 Porto, Galatasaray
30 Robin van Persie6 Netherlands 25 59 0.42 '02– Arsenal, Manchester United
31 Hernán Crespo Argentina 25 65 0.38 '97–'07 Parma, Lazio, Internazionale, Chelsea, Milan
32 José Altafini BrazilItaly 24 28 0.86 '59–'76 Milan, Juventus
33 Marco Simone Italy 24 46 0.52 '89–'01 Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco
34 José Augusto Portugal 24 56 0.43 '59–'69 Benfica
35 Giovane Élber Brazil 24 69 0.35 '97–'04 Bayern Munich, Lyon
36 Arjen Robben Netherlands 24 86 0.28 '02– PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich
37 Luís Figo Portugal 24 103 0.23 '97–'09 Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale
38 Paul Scholes England 24 124 0.19 '94–'13 Manchester United
39 Robert Lewandowski Poland 23 40 0.58 '11– Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich
40 Jari Litmanen7 Finland 23 59 0.39 '93–'02 Ajax, Liverpool
41 Frank Lampard8 England 23 105 0.22 '01– Chelsea, Manchester City
42 Santillana Spain 22 46 0.48 '71–'88 Real Madrid
43 Serhiy Rebrov Ukraine 21 43 0.49 '93–'07 Dynamo Kyiv
44 Amancio Spain 21 52 0.4 '62–'76 Real Madrid
45 Claudio Pizarro9 Peru 21 73 0.29 '01– Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen
46 Steven Gerrard England 21 73 0.29 '01– Liverpool
47 Romário Brazil 20 32 0.63 '88–'95 Barcelona, PSV
48 Sergio Agüero Argentina 20 38 0.53 '08– Atlético Madrid, Manchester City
49 Luiz Adriano Brazil 20 41 0.49 '08– Shakhtar Donetsk
50 Nicolas Anelka10 France 20 67 0.3 '98–13 Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea
Bold: Still active in Europe and current club.

1. ^ Cristiano Ronaldo also played 1 game in the qualification stage in the competition for Sporting without scoring. And 3 games (1 goal) in the qualification stage in the competition for Manchester United.
2. ^ Fernando Morientes also played in the competition for Marseille without scoring.
3. ^ Samuel Eto'o also played in the competition for Real Madrid without scoring.
4. ^ Patrick Kluivert also played in the competition for PSV without scoring.
5. ^ Rivaldo also scored a goal in the qualification stage in the competition for AEK Athens.
6. ^ Robin van Persie also played in the competition for Feyenoord without scoring.
7. ^ Jari Litmanen also played in the competition for Barcelona without scoring.
8. ^ Frank Lampard also played in the competition for Manchester City without scoring.
9. ^ Claudio Pizarro also played in the competition for Chelsea without scoring.
10. ^ Nicolas Anelka also played in the competition for Fenerbahçe without scoring.

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 8
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
José Águas Portugal Portugal Portugal Benfica
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 Yugoslavia 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 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 17
2014–15 Neymar Brazil Brazil Spain Barcelona 10
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal Spain Real Madrid
Lionel Messi Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona

Season winners by country[edit]

Country Titles Goals Seasons
Portugal Portugal[nb 1] 10 93 1960–61, 1964–65*, 1964–65*, 1965–66*, 1967–68, 1987–88*, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15*
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 7 70 1957–58 1961–62* 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15*
France France 6 50 1958–59, 1984–85*, 1987–88*, 1989–90*, 1990–91*, 1991–92*
Brazil Brazil 6 43 1989–90*, 1992–93, 1999–2000*, 1999–2000*, 2006–07, 2014–15*
Netherlands Netherlands 5 48 1988–89, 1993–94*, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
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/Serbia and Montenegro 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.

Season winners by player[edit]

Player Titles Goals Seasons
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 5 53 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15*
2
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 4 47 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15*
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*
8
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.