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List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League top scorers

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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 28 May 2016[1][2]

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

Player Country Goals Apps Ratio Years Clubs
1 Cristiano Ronaldo[a]  Portugal 93 127 0.73 2003– Manchester United, Real Madrid
2 Lionel Messi  Argentina 83 106 0.78 2005– Barcelona
3 Raúl  Spain 71 142 0.5 1995–2011 Real Madrid, Schalke 04
4 Ruud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands 56 73 0.77 1998–2009 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid
5 Thierry Henry  France 50 112 0.45 1997–2010 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
6 Alfredo Di Stéfano  Argentina 49 58 0.84 1955–64 Real Madrid
7 Andriy Shevchenko  Ukraine 48 100 0.48 1994–2012 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea
Zlatan Ibrahimović  Sweden 48 119 0.4 2001– Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain
9 Eusébio  Portugal 46 65 0.71 1961–74 Benfica
Karim Benzema  France 46 81 0.57 2006– Lyon, Real Madrid
Filippo Inzaghi  Italy 46 81 0.57 1997–2012 Juventus, Milan
12 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 44 92 0.48 2003–15 Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray
13 Alessandro Del Piero  Italy 42 89 0.46 1995–2009 Juventus
14 Ferenc Puskás  Hungary 36 41 0.88 1956–66 Budapest Honvéd, Real Madrid
Thomas Müller  Germany 36 78 0.46 2008– Bayern Munich
16 Gerd Müller  West Germany 35 35 1 1969–77 Bayern Munich
Francisco Gento  Spain 35 89 0.39 1955–69 Real Madrid
18 Robert Lewandowski  Poland 32 50 0.64 2011– Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich
19 Fernando Morientes[b]  Spain 31 90 0.33 1997–2009 Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia
20 Samuel Eto'o[c]  Cameroon 30 78 0.38 1999–2014 Mallorca, Barcelona, Internazionale, Chelsea
Wayne Rooney  England 30 85 0.35 2004– Manchester United
Kaká  Brazil 30 86 0.35 2003–14 Milan, Real Madrid
23 David Trezeguet  France 29 58 0.5 1997–2009 Monaco, Juventus
Roy Makaay  Netherlands 29 61 0.48 2000–07 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich
Patrick Kluivert[d]  Netherlands 29 71 0.41 1994–2006 Ajax, Barcelona
26 Jean-Pierre Papin  France 28 37 0.76 1989–94 Marseille, Milan, Bayern Munich
Ryan Giggs  Wales 28 141 0.2 1993–2014 Manchester United
28 Rivaldo[e]  Brazil 27 73 0.37 1997–2007 Barcelona, Milan, Olympiacos
29 Mario Gómez  Germany 26 45 0.58 2007–13 Stuttgart, Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben  Netherlands 26 89 0.29 2002– PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich
31 José Altafini  Brazil 25 28 0.89 1959–76 Milan, Juventus
Marco Simone  Italy 25 46 0.54 1989–2001 Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco
Mário Jardel  Brazil 25 46 0.54 1996–2001 Porto, Galatasaray
José Augusto  Portugal 25 56 0.45 1959–69 Benfica
Robin van Persie[f]  Netherlands 25 59 0.42 2002–14 Arsenal, Manchester United
Hernán Crespo  Argentina 25 65 0.38 1997–2007 Parma, Lazio, Internazionale, Chelsea, Milan
Giovane Élber  Brazil 25 69 0.36 1997–2004 Bayern Munich, Lyon
38 Luís Figo  Portugal 24 103 0.23 1997–2009 Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale
Paul Scholes  England 24 124 0.19 1994–2013 Manchester United
40 Jari Litmanen[g]  Finland 23 57 0.4 1993–2003 Ajax, Liverpool
Frank Lampard[h]  England 23 105 0.22 2001–15 Chelsea, Manchester City
42 Sergio Agüero  Argentina 22 45 0.49 2008– Atlético Madrid, Manchester City
43 Santillana  Spain 21 46 0.46 1971–88 Real Madrid
Amancio  Spain 21 52 0.4 1962–76 Real Madrid
Claudio Pizarro[i]  Peru 21 73 0.29 2001–14 Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen
Steven Gerrard  England 21 73 0.29 2001–15 Liverpool
47 Romário  Brazil 20 32 0.63 1988–95 Barcelona, PSV
Luiz Adriano  Brazil 20 41 0.49 2008–15 Shakhtar Donetsk
Serhiy Rebrov  Ukraine 20 43 0.47 1993–2007 Dynamo Kyiv
Nicolas Anelka[j]  France 20 68 0.29 1998–2013 Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea
Notes
  1. ^ Ronaldo additionally scored one goal in three qualification matches for Manchester United and played one qualification match without scoring for Sporting CP.
  2. ^ Morientes additionally played in the competition for Marseille without scoring.
  3. ^ Eto'o additionally played in the competition for Real Madrid without scoring.
  4. ^ Kluivert additionally played in the competition for PSV without scoring.
  5. ^ Rivaldo additionally scored one goal in the qualification stage for AEK Athens.
  6. ^ Van Persie additionally played in the competition for Feyenoord without scoring.
  7. ^ Litmanen additionally played in the competition for Barcelona without scoring.
  8. ^ Lampard additionally played in the competition for Manchester City without scoring.
  9. ^ Pizarro additionally played in the competition for Chelsea without scoring.
  10. ^ Anelka additionally played in the competition for Fenerbahçe without scoring.

Top scorers by seasons

The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage of the competition.[1][2]

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 Heinz Strehl West Germany West Germany West Germany Nuremberg 8
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 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 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Ajax 5
Antal Dunai II Hungary Hungary Hungary Újpesti Dózsa
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 6
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 6
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
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 Franck Sauzée France France France Marseille 5
1993–94 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria Bulgaria Spain Barcelona 5
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
2015–16 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Portugal Spain Real Madrid 16

By country

Country Titles Seasons
Portugal Portugal 11 1960–61, 1964–65,[a] 1965–66, 1967–68, 1987–88, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
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
Serbia and Montenegro 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, 1999–2000, 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. ^ Two Portuguese players were joint top scorers.

By player

Player Titles Seasons
Argentina Lionel Messi 5 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
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 1999–00, 2000–01
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 1998–99, 2005–06

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Di Maggio, Roberto; Mamrud, Roberto; Rota, Davide; Owsianski, Jarek (11 June 2015). "Champions Cup/Champions League Topscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2015/16" (pdf). UEFA. p. 6, 10. Retrieved 28 March 2016.