UEFA Champions league is considered as the best club football tournament in the world. Best 32 teams around the world fight for the Champions League Trophy. Perhaps, the quality of the tournament and teams separate this tournament from other tournaments in the world. 32 teams are separated in 8 groups in the UEFA Champions League. It does not matter who a team performs in its country’s home league, it is the Champions League that makes the Club best in the world. Even, top players around the globe try their best to win this illusive trophy for once. With UEFA Champions League 2020 around the corner, we present you the list of “Top Goal Scorers of UEFA Champions League History.”
Top Goal Scorers of UEFA Champions league history
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo “CR7” (131 goals in 174 matches)
Arguably one of the best footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo aka CR7 tops this list as well like many other list. With 131 goals in the UEFA Champions League in 174 UCL appearances, he tops the list of Top Goal Scorers of UEFA Champions league history. As he continues to play at his peak for his current team Juventus, the fans are hoping that CR7 could be first ever player to score 150 UCL Goals. However, CR7 was the first ever footballer to cross 100 UCL Goals. Not only that Cristiano holds the record for the most number of assists(40) in the history of the UEFA Champions League.
The five time ballon d’or winner is the most successful champions league player with 131 goals and counting against his name and also 5 UEFA Champions League Trophies as well. Perhaps, he is the only player to win the UCL Trophy 5 times.
#2 Lionel Messi “LM10” (115 goals in 143 matches)
Now, when there is Cristiano Ronaldo, there must be Lionel Messi as well. The rivalry between them to be the greatest footballer of all time, is what makes the modern football beautiful. Lionel Messi has stuck with FC Barcelona from the start of his career. With FC Barcelona, Messi scored as many as 115 goals in the UEFA Champions League in his 143 UCL appearances. The number will be counting as FC Barcelona set to play the UCL 2020 season.
The 6 time Ballon D’or winner Messi also holds the record for most number of UCL goals by any Barcelona players. Messi has won 4 UCL Trophies with Barcelona, making him one of the unique player to have the feat with same club so many times.
Though, recent years in the UCL have not been the best for Lionel Messi as his standard, but the whole world will be looking forward to UCL 2020 season to see if Messi can make FC Barcelona win the UCL trophy again or not.
#3 Raúl González (71 Goals in 144 matches)
Regarded as one the greatest Spanish Footballer of all time, Raúl González is third on our list of “Top Goal Scorers of UEFA Champions league history”. Raul is also of regarded as one of best player ever played for Real Madrid. Perhaps, he is the most capped Real Madrid player with 741 appearances and he is also the second highest scorer for Real Madrid with 323 goals.
His 16 year at the Real Madrid is what made him the player he was. He was adjusted as the UEFA Club Forward of the year three times in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Perhaps he is the only player to have this feat.
The top scorer in 2000 and 2001 UEFA Champions League, Raul is at number three with a stunning 71 goals. For his great contribution to the game of football, Raul was named as the FIFA 100 list of world’s greatest living players, and was included in the UEFA list of the 50-best European players of the 1954–2004 period.
#4 Robert Lewandowski (68 goals in 91 matches)
With Ronaldo and Messi at their verge of career, Lewandoski might be the only striker who can give a tough competition to them. With a strong physique and goal scoring capabilities, Lewandoski is one of the most feared strikers in the world right now.
The Bundesliga player of the year for 2016-17 and 2019-20, Lewandoski was one of the most important players to help Bayern Munich win the treble in 2019-20. Lewandowski has scored over 200 goals in the Bundesliga, having reached the century mark quicker than any other foreign player, and is the league’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer.
He has been named to the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season three times, and is the fourth-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition with 68 goals in his 91 UCL appearances.
#5 Karim Benzema (65 goals in 120 matches)
With Cristiano Ronaldo around him in the Real Madrid squad, Karim Benzema has always been a silent killer for the Spainsh giants. Perhaps, it can be said that Benzema is one of the most under-rated striker of the current era.
A three time French Player of the year, Benzema also has the feat of winning the UEFA Champions league tittle 4 times with a single team, Real Madrid. Since his time at Real Madrid in 2009-10 season, Benzema has scored 53 UCL Goals in just 101 matches for Real Madrid. However, many pundits think without the injuries and bench time he had in the Real Madrid, he could have been a greater player than he is considered now.
Karim’s finishing and ability to score at crunch moments, separates him from the rest. Though, he might not be considered as good as a Messi or Ronaldo, he is still one of the best strikers in the world. With 65 goals in total 120 UCL matches, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is at number five on our list of “Top Goal Scorers of UEFA Champions league history”